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“Time just evaporated”: Fall Out Boy’s ‘Save Rock and Roll’ turns 10

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Those who say that rock is dead — cough, Gene Simmons, cough — forget that Fall Out Boy actually saved rock ‘n’ roll a decade ago.

The “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” outfit’s 2013 comeback album, Save Rock and Roll, was released April 12, 2013 — 10 years ago Wednesday.

“The Save Rock and Roll milestone is pretty crazy,” bassist Pete Wentz tells ABC Audio. “That one does not feel like 10 years ago to me.”

Vocalist Patrick Stump adds, “Time just evaporated that [Save Rock and Roll] was 10 years ago.”

Prior to Save Rock and Roll, Fall Out Boy had been on a four-year hiatus, which began following the tour behind 2008’s Folie à Deux. The group reemerged in early 2013 with the anthemic track “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” as the lead Save Rock and Roll single. Upon the album’s release a few months later, it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.

As with many things related to Fall Out Boy, the title Save Rock and Roll is part sincere, part tongue-in-cheek. The record includes features by big names including Courtney Love and Elton John, and experiments with more pop elements that Fall Out Boy would further explore with subsequent albums, 2015’s American Beauty/American Psycho and 2018’s M A N I A

M A N I A was followed by another five-year break between albums, though that wasn’t due so much to personal intraband issues as it was to a worldwide pandemic. Fall Out Boy ended that drought with So Much (for) Stardust, which was released in March.

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