Killers, Fall Out
Boy Heat Up The Beef Again
'How could you feel like a superhero if you didn't have an
arch-nemesis?' FOB bassist Pete Wentz says.
It's a good thing the dinner date Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz proposed
to the Killers' Brandon Flowers never materialized, because there
might've been some punches thrown — or at least some well-placed
slaps. That's right: The feud has flared up again.
"I kinda like how [Flowers] called Fall Out Boy 'dangerous.' It felt
like how Ice called Maverick 'dangerous' in 'Top Gun.' " -Fall Out
Boy's Pete Wentz
The long-running war of words started last year when Flowers
complained about sharing his band's record-label executive with FOB
(see "Killers Get More Beef- This Time With Fall Out Boy"), then
escalated when Wentz mockingly invited Flowers out to a sushi dinner
(see "Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz Asks Killers Singer On Dinner
Date"). Now the beef is back, thanks to an interview with Flowers
that appeared this week in the British music magazine NME.
In said interview, Flowers -who's in London putting the finishing
touches on the Killers' second album (see "Killers' Next LP Will
Show Strong Influence Of ... Bruce Springsteen!?") -ripped into FOB
and and other groups he deems emo, saying he wants to "beat all
those bands to death," and basically insisting that emo bands'
sensitive music is poisoning the minds of America's youth.
"You don't realize what you could be getting yourselves into with
Fall Out Boy," Flowers said, addressing British music fans, "and
what kind of impact it could have in a way that you don't really
want. Culturally, if it gets as big as it is in America, it could
change an entire generation of people growing up here. Emo, pop-punk
— whatever you want to call it — is dangerous. We don't wanna
dislike anyone, and we've still never met Fall Out Boy, but there's
a creature inside me that wants to beat all those bands to death.
They just all go into the happy-emo funnel and everyone loves 'em
When MTV News informed Wentz of Flowers' comments, he was more than
willing to keep the feud running. Seems that even though he's in Los
Angeles beginning work on Fall Out Boy's follow-up to From Under the
Cork Tree, he's always got the time for a rebuttal -and to make a
handful of pop-culture references.
"Honestly, I like Brandon a lot from what I've read in interviews.
He's sharp. I don't think people would take as much notice [of his
comments] if he wasn't. I respect that," Wentz said. "I kinda like
how he called Fall Out Boy 'dangerous.' It felt like how Ice called
Maverick 'dangerous' in 'Top Gun.' The whole thing kind of feels
like one of those D.A.R.E. commercials. I kind of think of it this
way: How could you feel like a superhero if you didn't have an
Just about the only thing Wentz says he takes issue with is Flowers'
assertion that the two bands have never met. He claims that they
have, though the guys in the Killers may not have realized just who
they were being introduced to when it happened.
"We met a couple of times," Wentz said. "I think they maybe tried to
order drinks from us at the mtv Video Music Awards, because they
thought we were waiters. The drummer [Ronnie Vannucci] was really
But even if Flowers isn't familiar with the guys in FOB, Wentz said
other members of his extended family are.
"Besides, we get Brandon's family and friends into Fall Out Boy
shows when we play his hometown. It must be very 'dangerous,' " he
laughed. "I believe they came to the show in Salt Lake City, but I
did not meet them. They were on the list, though."
— James Montgomery