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Fall Out Boy’s last album Folie A Deux was our most critically panned and audiences openly hated it (it was also our poorest selling major label album even if one adjusts for the changing music economy). Now, that’s not to say it didn’t have its fans, but at no other point in my professional career was I nearly booed off stages for playing new songs. Touring on Folie was like being the last act at the Vaudville show: We were rotten vegetable targets in Clandestine hoodies.
That experience really took the wind out of the band’s sails; It stopped being fun. I suppose I’m just not that thick skinned. So perhaps it was even more ill-advised when I went out and did something I’d always wanted to do; make my album and have it released by Island Records [my solo record Soul Punk].
What I wasn’t prepared for was the fervor of the hate from people who were ostensibly my own supporters (or at least supporters of something I had been part of). The barrage of “We liked you better fat,” the threatening letters to my home, the kids that paid for tickets to my solo shows to tell me how much I sucked without Fall Out Boy, that wasn’t something I suppose I was or ever will be ready for. That’s dedication. That’s real palpable anger. Add into that the economic risk I had taken [In short: I blew my nest egg on that record and touring in support of it] the hate really crushed me.
Still, there’s no amount of money in the world that makes one feel content with having no self respect. There’s no amount of money that makes you feel better when people think of you as a joke or a hack or a failure or ugly or stupid or morally empty.
I guess I’m just angry because he illuminates why I’m a 27 has-been. I’m a touring artist and I feel I’ve become incapable of touring anymore with any act…whether I were to go out as a solo artist or do some Fall Out Boy “Reunion” [nope: Still never broke up] or start a new band…there will still be 10-20 percent of the audience there to tell me how #ty whatever it is I’m doing is and how much better the thing I used to do was. Not only that, but that 10-20 percent combined with whatever notoriety Fall Out Boy used to have prevents me from having the ability to start over from the bottom again. I can’t even go back to playing basement shows.
I hate waking up every morning knowing I’m disappointing so many people.
Boo hoo... he should really stop looking at the glass as if it were half empty. No one is 100% perfect. He has much more than most people could ever dream of. I don't feel sorry for him at all.
there will still be 10-20 percent of the audience there to tell me how #ty whatever it is I’m doing is
Whether they have the right to do that or not makes no difference, because it's going to happen whether I want it to or not. Some people are just aholes, they can't even justify their own actions. At least the vast majority of his fans still like him. 10 to 20 percentage is not that big of a percentage. He needs to stop looking at it like it's the end of the world, and instead focus on the 80 to 90% of his fans who still enjoy his work. When you focus on negative things you're life will be more negative. When you focus on positive things your life will be more positive.
Originally posted by Lulzaroonie
You probably have a lot more than some people could ever aspire to have... does that give people the right to come up to you and talk # about you to your face?
Agreed, it's pretty pathetic to be honest..
Originally posted by Lulzaroonie
I'm sorry that so many people seem to think that just because someone is in the spotlight, it makes them public property to humiliate and be rude to.