PETE WENTZ OFFERS TO PLAY WITH SCHOOL BAND BARRED FROM PERFORMING FALL OUT BOY SONG
Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz has offered to perform with members of a high school band after he learned that they were barred from performing a song from his group. According to Team Rock, the board of Garden Spot High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania told the school's marching band it would not be allowed to perform the song "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs." The board cited potentially offensive lyrics as the reason -- even though the school band only performs instrumental versions.
Wentz told the audience at a recent show, "We heard about this school band who were going to perform this song, and the teachers or someone decided to not allow them. We stand on the side of creativity and making music, and we appreciate the hard work that goes into doing that. We would like to come to your school and perform a different song with your band – a song that is sanctioned if possible."
Fall Out Boy released a video of Wentz's speech, adding a message to the school which read, "We just wanted to reach out as supporters of art, music and the creative spirit in general. We want to either come visit you guys and play a song, or have you out to a tour date to play one with us."
The Garden Spot marching band posted its own response video on YouTube, with student Kirsten Corneilson saying, "We, Garden Spot marching band, graciously accept your proposal to come play with us and can't wait to meet you."
According to Lancaster Online, school board member Heidi Zimmerman said she was offended by the song's lyrics. The board voted 6-3 to stop it being played.
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