Joe Trohman Returns to Fall Out Boy After Mental-Health Hiatus
Posted May 30, 2023 by: Admin
Fall Out Boy welcomes back guitarist and founding member Joe Trohman, who has returned to the band after taking a well-deserved break to prioritize his mental well-being. Trohman joyfully shared the news with his fans through social media on Monday, expressing his gratitude for the love and support he received during his hiatus.
In his heartfelt message, Trohman wrote, “Hey everyone, I’m officially back! I want to thank everyone for the love and support while I took some time away to focus on my brain and ensure my own happiness for the sake of my family, friends, and myself.” He also took a moment to acknowledge Ben Young, the band’s dedicated guitar tech, who admirably filled in for him during his absence. Trohman recognized Young’s contribution and described him as a true gentleman and scholar.
Back in January, Trohman had announced his decision to take a step back from Fall Out Boy to address his mental health concerns. This came shortly after the band revealed exciting news about their eighth album, “So Much (for) Stardust,” and a new label deal with Fueled by Ramen/Elektra Records.
Trohman shared his gratitude towards Ben Young once again, emphasizing the invaluable role he played in covering for him during his time away. He expressed his enthusiasm about returning to action and eagerly looked forward to reconnecting with their fans during their upcoming tour this summer.
The band’s journey resumes with a North American tour alongside Bring Me the Horizon, beginning in their hometown of Chicago on June 21. Following this, Fall Out Boy will captivate audiences across Japan and Europe with their headlining performances later in the year.
Reflecting on his decision back in January, Trohman invoked the words of Neil Young, who famously sang about burning out versus fading away. However, Trohman acknowledged that burning out is an arduous path to follow. Without delving into specific details, he honestly shared that his mental health had progressively declined over the past few years.
Therefore, in order to prevent fading away indefinitely, Trohman made the difficult choice to take a break from work, including his involvement with Fall Out Boy. Although it pained him to make this decision, particularly when the band was about to release an album he felt immense pride in, he recognized the importance of prioritizing his well-being.