Fall Out Boy Guitarist Joe Troman Is “Leaving” The Band to Focus on His Mental Health.


Fall Out Boy founding guitarist Joe Troman has announced that he is temporarily “retiring” from the band for a while to focus on his mental health.

This news was confirmed in a Troman message posted on social media by Fall Out Boy — less than 24 hours after the band announced the new album “So Much (For) Stardust” and shared the title single “Love from the Other Side”.

“Neil Young once howled that it was better to burn than to disappear. But I can tell you unequivocally that burnout is terrible. Without divulging all the details, I must inform you that my mental health has deteriorated dramatically over the past few years,” Troman wrote.

“So, in order not to disappear and never come back, I will take a break from work, which, unfortunately, includes leaving Fall Out Boy for a while. It pains me to make this decision, especially when we release a new album that fills me with great pride (the sin I’m most proud of).”

Troman went on to say that he would “absolutely, one hundred percent” return to the band at some stage. “In the meantime, I have to recover, which means I have to put myself and my mental health first,” he continued. “Thank you to everyone, including my bandmates and family, for understanding and respecting this difficult but necessary decision.”


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 Troman formed Fall Out Boy with childhood friend Pete Wentz in Chicago in 2001, when the pop punk band emerged from the hardcore scene in which both were involved at the time. The band released their debut album “Take This To Your Grave” in 2003 with Troman on guitar, Wentz on bass, drummer Andy Hurley and frontman Patrick Stamp.

This line—up remained in force on the band’s next six albums — “From Under The Cork Tree” in 2005 to “Mania” in 2018 – along with the upcoming “So Much (For) Stardust”, which is due out on March 24. .

In the past, Troman has openly talked about his struggle with mental illness. In 2021, he launched the podcast “I Hate Myself”, which discusses mental health issues. Last year, he released his memoir None of This Rocks, which addressed his problems with depression and substance abuse.


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