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Fall Out Boy Guitarist Joe Trohman Leaving Band, Citing “Rapidly Deteriorated” Mental Health

Fall Out Boy Guitarist Joe Trohman Leaving Band, Citing “Rapidly Deteriorated” Mental Health

The declaration comes the same day the band announced their 8th album So Much (for) Stardust

Joseph Mark Trohman of Fall Out Boy performs at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles California September 03 2021.

Joseph Mark Trohman of Fall Out Boy performs at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, September 03, 2021. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Hours after Fall Out Boy announced So Much (for) Stardust—their first new album since 2018—founding guitarist Joe Trohman posted a note on Instagram revealing he was “stepping away from Fall Out Boy for a spell,” citing a decline in his mental health. Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Fall Out Boy for comment. Read the full statement below.

“Neil Young once howled that it’s better to burn out than to fade away. But I can tell you unequivocally that burning out is dreadful. Without divulging all the details, I must disclose that my mental health has rapidly deteriorated over the past several years. So, to avoid fading away and never returning, I will be taking a break from work which regrettably includes stepping away from Fall Out Boy for a spell.

It pains me to make this decision, especially when we are releasing a new album that fills me with great pride (the sin I’m most proud of). So, the question remains: Will I return to the fold? Absolutely, one-hundred percent. In the meantime, I must recover which means putting myself and my mental health first. Thank you to everyone, including my bandmates and family, for understanding and respecting this difficult, but necessary, decision.

Smell you sooner than later,

Joe Trohman”

The band’s follow-up to 2018’s Mania, So Much (for) Stardust was produced by Neal Avron and is out March 24 via Fueled by Ramen and Elektra. In 2021, they embarked on the Hella Mega Tour with Weezer and Green Day; the band was forced to pull out of two dates when a “team member” tested positive for COVID-19. 

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