(July 28, 2017) – Multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated band Fall Out Boy has unveiled the music video for their single “Champion” today – watch HERE. Starring Josh Brener (Silicon Valley),  Timothy Granaderos (13 Reasons Why), Ashley Iaconetti (The Bachelor), and Jaden Smith (The Get Down), the video depicts each of their characters embodying the song’s shared anthemic and defiant message in their own personal situations.


“I can’t think of a worse drug than fake reality…we create and can be whoever we want, yet our choices often leave us lonely and unfulfilled,” says Fall Out Boy bassist & lyricist Pete Wentz of the Brendan Walter & Mel Soria-directed video. “Smash the fake reality. Don’t just sit around and kill time.”


The band made the television debut of “Champion” with a performance on NBC’s Late Show with Seth Meyers. Watch the performance HERE. The song was most added at pop and hot A/C radio this week, and is already climbing the alternative radio charts; gaining more than one million streams weekly, the track has already amassed more than 10 million total streams. Last night, the Empire State Building shined its world famous tower lights in purple during a live performance at Z100’s Block Party to illuminate the sky and complement the musical aesthetic of M A  N   I    A.


Earlier this week, Fall Out Boy garnered a 2017 MTV Video Music Award nomination for “Young and Menace” for Best Rock Video – their third consecutive nomination in the category, including their 2015 win for “Uma Thurman.”


In addition, Smith will also join Fall Out Boy as opener on their previously announced 20-city North American fall arena tour, which kicks off in Cleveland, OH on October 20 and will travel through cities such as Detroit, Philadelphia, Boston, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Oakland and San Diego before concluding in Phoenix, AZ on November 18. In addition, $1 of every ticket of the tour will go towards the band’s newly launched Fall Out Boy Fund which will support a number of charities in the Chicago area. For tickets and more information, please visit www.falloutboy.com/tour.


“Champion” is the first single from Fall Out Boy’s highly-anticipated seventh studio album M A  N   I    A, due out on Island Records/DCD2 Records. The record is available for pre-order now at https://falloutboy.lnk.to/mania and is the follow-up album to the band’s platinum-certified sixth studio album American Beauty/American Psycho, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 upon its January 2015 release. Hailing from Chicago, Grammy-nominated Fall Out Boy – Patrick Stump (vocals/guitar), Pete Wentz (bass), Joe Trohman (guitar) and Andy Hurley (drums) – has appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone and other prestigious publications. They have performed on Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, America’s Got Talent, The Voice, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and many more. More information can be found at www.falloutboy.com



Featuring blackbear and Jaden Smith

*All dates and venues subject to change

Date City Venue
Friday, October 20 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
Saturday, October 21 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Sunday, October 22 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Tuesday, October 24 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
Wednesday, October 25 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Friday, October 27 Boston, MA TD Garden
Saturday, October 28 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Sunday, October 29 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Thursday, November 2 Fairfax, VA EagleBank Arena
Friday, November 3 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
Saturday, November 4 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Sunday, November 5 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
Tuesday, November 7 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Wednesday, November 8 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Friday, November 10 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Sunday, November 12 Seattle, WA KeyArena
Tuesday, November 14 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Wednesday, November 15 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
Friday, November 17 Inglewood, CA The Forum
Saturday, November 18 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978.
My top five live shows ever are:

1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome.

2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours.
3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 – The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked!
4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live.
5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.