Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz says deadly attacks at two major concerts in the past four and a half months have not made him fearful of getting on stage.
“There’s these things that are beyond anyone’s control ... beyond the (control of the) performers or the security or whatever – like, there’s just nothing you can do,” said Wentz, during an interview with the Observer about his band’s latest arena tour, in support of forthcoming album “M A N I A.”
“But I do think that people should feel safe at concerts, and I feel like I do want to go out and tour and make people feel better through music, and make people feel better through art. ... You want to have the best plans in place and make people as safe as possible, but it does not make me not want to do it.”
On May 22, 23 people were killed and 250 injured in an explosion outside an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in the U.K.; this past Sunday, a gunman with killed 58 and wounded roughly 500 in an attack on the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, where country-music star Jason Aldean was performing.
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On Tuesday evening, the 38-year-old Wentz took to Twitter to share his feelings about the tragedy, conveying a mix of frustration with the current state of the world and optimism about the future.
On Wednesday afternoon, he elaborated on those thoughts – and on his doubts that the conversations being had now will lead to stricter gun control.
“There’s a part of me that is like, it’s SO sad,” Wentz said. “But you can say ‘thoughts and prayers,’ you can say ‘we’re trying to change this’ ... but are we? I mean, if kindergartners being shot at their school didn’t make us change it or address it, what will?
“As a modern culture, it’s insane that these things keep happening. And to say ‘This is just a consequence of having guns’? That’s just an insane thing to say. I mean, we’re the only modern society that has this problem – or one of the very few – and I think that there are some obvious ways to address it and to change it. I just don’t think we’re willing to (follow through).
“But as I thought about all of this, I thought about my kids (sons Bronx, 8, and Saint, 3), and I really believe that generation will be who changes it. ... These are kids that are growing up engaged globally, with smartphones and with electric cars and all that kind of stuff, and I think that they will think about the world in a different way. I don’t think that they’re gonna be attached to this old guard, to the way our culture is currently. ... So yeah, I’m hopeful.”
Fall Out Boy’s tour kicks off on Oct. 20 and stops at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center on Nov. 3. Ticket info is here.