You may think you don’t know any of Fall Out Boy’s music, but that’s probably not the case.
Just ask guitarist Joe Trohman’s eye doctor.
Calling from a stop in Dayton, Ohio, last week, Trohman talked about the band’s 20-date Wintour, which will make a stop at Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena on Tuesday.
The group has many big radio hits to its name, most recently “Uma Thurman,” a tribute to the blond movie star that also sampled “The Munsters,” and “Irresistible,” which features a guest vocal from pop star Demi Lovato.
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Younger rock music fans know all about the group. But anyone who has watched a college or professional sporting event probably knows more than they think. Several of the group’s songs have become standard arena anthems – also known as “jock jams” – at NBA, NFL and NCAA sporting events. Especially arena-friendly: “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” and “Centuries,” which ESPN used as the official song of last year’s college playoffs.
“It’s pretty funny just because I’ll be at the eye doctor or something, and he’ll say, ‘I’ve never heard of your band,’ ” Trohman said. “And I’ll say, ‘You’ve probably heard our band. I can safely say that if you’ve caught 10 minutes of any game on TV, they play our songs almost ad nauseam.’ ”
Trohman and “Fall Out Boy’s” best-known member, bassist Pete Wentz, founded the band in 2001. Both were members of different hardcore punk bands in the Chicago area, and Fall Out Boy was a side project. Vocalist Patrick Stump, whose soaring vocals help provide the band’s signature sound, joined not long after. They picked up current drummer Andy Hurley two years later.
Their first big album was 2005’s “From Under the Cork Tree,” which produced two of Fall Out Boy’s most recognizable hits – “Sugar, We’re Going Down” and “Dance Dance.” Their 2007 followup was another success and included the hit singles “Tnks fr th Mmrs” and “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race.”
They wouldn’t record another album until 2013 – “Save Rock and Roll,” which produced the ubiquitous “Light Em Up.” They followed it in 2015 with their sixth studio album, “American Beauty/American Psycho.” “Centuries” and “Uma Thurman” came from that album. The latest release was “Irresistible,” which features Lovato’s vocals and a video that pokes fun at N’Sync.
The group toured last summer with rapper Wiz Khalifa. The 20-date Wintour, which finishes later this month in San Francisco, features two other popular up-and-coming rock bands, Awolnation, known for the hits “Sail” and “Woman Woman,” and PVRIS (pronounced Paris), whose hits include “St. Patrick” and “You and I.”
Trohman, who now lives in Los Angeles, said a highlight of the tour was playing in Chicago, where he and Wentz originally formed Fall Out Boy. He got to see his dad, who still lives in the area.
Another highlight has been taking the stage every night and playing a set that was meticulously planned by the band and flows perfectly.
“The set list is pretty varied,” he said. “It spans all of our catalog. You’ll hear something pretty much from every record, which is something we were consciously trying to make sure would happen. We’re also playing new things and new iterations of songs, so it will appeal to people that have just gotten into us and people who have seen us a lot.”
And to sports fans.
Fall Out Boy with Awolnation and Pvris
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman
Tickets: $39.50 at selectaseat.com, 316-755-7328