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Fall Out Boy return

We never broke up, band says in a statement

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Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boyneeds help from a roadie as his trousers fall down during his band's set at the Leeds FestivalLeeds, England - 30.08.09Mandatory Credit: Jason Pass/

Fall Out Boy is back. Ending a three-year hiatus that commenced following a 2009 greatest-hits set, the popular emo-rock band announced on Monday that it would release a new album and launch a North American tour in May.

“This isn’t a reunion, because we never broke up,” the group said in a statement. “We needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us.”

Fall Out Boy — singer-guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley — is scheduled to release “Save Rock and Roll” on May 7; it will be the band’s first studio disc since “Folie a Deux” in 2008. The album’s lead single, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” was released on iTunes on Monday and is available to stream via YouTube. |

On May 14, the group — which after forming in 2001 went on to platinum sales and a nomination for the new artist Grammy Award — is to begin a six-week tour in Milwaukee. First, though, it’ll return to the stage this week with three small-scale club gigs: Monday night in Fall Out Boy’s hometown of Chicago, Tuesday in New York and Thursday at LA’s Roxy.

The band is set to return to L.A. for a concert at the Wiltern on June 13. During their time apart, Fall Out Boy’s members pursued a variety of side projects. Wentz led the electronic outfit Black Cards, while Trohman and Hurley played with the Damned Things, a heavy metal supergroup also featuring members of Anthrax and Every Time I Die. Most promisingly, Stump released an excellent solo album, 2011’s “Soul Punk,” that nonetheless sank without a trace.