Pete Wentz
American musician
Pete Wentz
Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III, better known as Pete Wentz, is an American musician best known for being the bassist and primary lyricist for the American rock band Fall Out Boy. Since the announcement of Fall Out Boy's indefinite hiatus, Wentz has formed the experimental electropop group Black Cards. He owns a record label, Decaydance Records, which has signed bands such as Panic! at the Disco and Gym Class Heroes.
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Pete Wentz's personal information overview.
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Show Us Your Wall: Pete Wentz and His D.I.Y.-Inspired Art Collection
NYTimes - 2 months
His collection includes works by Shepard Fairey, José Parlá, Yayoi Kusama and KAWS.
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C Student to Music Tech CEO: How Being a Bad Student Can Make You a Great Entrepreneur
Huffington Post - 3 months
It is often said that success is born from struggle. As Thomas Edison famously put it, "genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration." Roy LaManna knows that struggle well. He may be a well-respected force in the world of music/tech start-ups and on the fast track to success, but getting there wasn't easy. LaManna was never a fantastic student. "I excelled in things that I was passionate about," he says. "If I liked a class, like physics, I could get an A. But with social studies I was the guy who didn't do my homework." Early on it seemed evident that he was meant for a different path than the university one. He knew that would present challenges. "Unfortunately when growing up, you're usually presented with only one path: you do well in school, get into a great college, find a good paying job, and start your career," says LaManna. "People explain that if that doesn't happen you'll have a very rough life." So LaManna knew he had to find a different way to s ...
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Sugar, We're Going Back To 2005 With This Fall Out Boy Clip
Huffington Post - 4 months
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You’re Soaking in It
NYTimes - 6 months
Peter Wentz offers a solid Saturday puzzle.
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People Already Hate Missy Elliot And Fall Out Boy's New 'Ghostbusters' Theme Song
Huffington Post - 8 months
If you're filming a reboot of "Ghostbusters" and you need someone to redo the theme song, who you gonna call? Missy Elliot and Fall Out Boy, apparently.  The rock group and rapper remixed the iconic 1984 hit for the upcoming Paul Feig reboot, which is due out in theaters July 15. While some -- like Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy -- are obviously excited about the song, a few critics aren't so happy. Consequence of Sound wrote that original song had been "tragically defaced by shitty pop-punk," while Jezebel said parts of the new tune sounded like "taking tiny pigeon shits all over solos from a guitar made of aluminum." And, of course, there's a ton of hate on Twitter:  Why did I just give my brain Fall Out Boy & Missy Elliot bastardising the classic Ghostbusters song, but also music in general? WHY?! — Graeme Kynaston (@bigpileofgraeme) June 23, 2016 Let's just hope the only time the new #Ghostbusters theme plays in the movie is during ...
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*NSYNC Is Back In Fall Out Boy's Tribute Music Video
Huffington Post - about 1 year
One way to ensure the success of your new song? Reference *NSYNC's beloved music video "It's Gonna Be Me"and throw in a little Demi Lovato for good measure.  Fall Out Boy's new music video for the remixed version of the single "Irresistible" has got a bad case of the '90s feels, riffing on the doll concept that forever enshrined your favorite boy banders in plastic. Former *NSYNC members Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick even show up for a quick cameo.  "What if, in the NSYNC video for 'It’s Gonna Be Me,' there was an analog to the story?" the description for the video asks. "Where in the same store there was a dollar bin full of toys that no one really wanted that would band together like the misfit, offbrand little outsiders they were. 'Irresistible' is the video for that story, it's about the toys no one ever wanted come to life." It's even directed by Wayne Isham, the same guy who brought the original video to life.  We know Christmas is already over, but who ...
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Rebranding
NYTimes - about 1 year
Peter Wentz "corrects" some stuff in his Sunday puzzle. I feel so much better now.
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A Twitter User Predicted Kimye Would Name Their Son Saint Months Ago
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West hadn't even settled on a name for their son the day after he was born, but a Twitter user predicted they'd pick "Saint" back in June.  watch kanye name his kid "saint" or some stupid shit — sickboi (@KlLLRudy) June 22, 2015 The Internet is kind of freaking out over his apparent power to see the future, but his prescience might have something to do with the fact that West is pretty into religion-inspired names -- he calls himself Yeezus, after all. And there's the fact that while Saint isn't the most common name, it's not like it hasn't been done before either -- especially in Hollywood.  Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz named his son Saint Laszlo in August 2014 -- just a few weeks after Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl welcomed daughter Ophelia Saint into the world. Oh, and Selma Blair bestowed the moniker Arthur Saint on her son when he was born in July 2011.  And while @KILLRudy foresaw Saint West as Kimye's name of choice for the ...
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It Turns Out Saint Is Not That Unusual Of A Baby Name
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announced on Monday that they named their newborn son Saint West. Predictably, the Internet is abuzz with Twitter reactions, personality quizzes and articles about the origin of the baby name choice.  As many have pointed out, Saint West is not the first celebrity baby with this "holy" name. In 2014, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz and his girlfriend Meagan Camper named their son Saint Laszlo Wentz. Actress Selma Blair has a 4-year-old son named Arthur Saint Bleick, and rocker Dave Grohl's youngest daughter is Ophelia Saint Grohl.  But beyond the entertainment world, how widespread is the name Saint?  According to the Social Security Administration, 32 boys born in the U.S. in 2014 were named Saint, up from the 22 in 2013 but down from the 33 in 2012. Between 2000 and 2014, at least 259 newborn boys were named Saint. The SSA's annual baby name list includes names that were given to at least five baby boys or girls in born a single calendar ...
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It Turns Out Saint Is Not That Unusual Of A Baby Name
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announced on Monday that they named their newborn son Saint West. Predictably, the Internet is abuzz with Twitter reactions, personality quizzes and articles about the origin of the baby name choice.  As many have pointed out, Saint West is not the first celebrity baby with this "holy" name. In 2014, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz and his girlfriend Meagan Camper named their son Saint Laszlo Wentz. Actress Selma Blair has a 4-year-old son named Arthur Saint Bleick, and rocker Dave Grohl's youngest daughter is Ophelia Saint Grohl.  But beyond the entertainment world, how widespread is the name Saint?  According to the Social Security Administration, 32 boys born in the U.S. in 2014 were named Saint, up from the 22 in 2013 but down from the 33 in 2012. Between 2000 and 2014, at least 259 newborn boys were named Saint. The SSA's annual baby name list includes names that were given to at least five baby boys or girls in born a single calendar ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Pete Wentz
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 36
    In 2016, he made a guest appearance on the Nickelodeon series, School of Rock.
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  • 2014
    Age 34
    On February 17, 2014, Wentz and his current girlfriend Meagan Camper announced that the couple were expecting their first child together and Wentz's second.
    More Details Hide Details Their son, Saint Laszlo, was born on August 21, 2014. Wentz is a supporter of Invisible Children, Inc., an organization dedicated to helping the cause of displaced refugees in Uganda. He and Fall Out Boy traveled to the nation, and filmed the music video for the song "I'm Like a Lawyer...
  • 2012
    Age 32
    On December 13, 2012, Wentz revealed the cover for the book, now titled Gray, on his personal blog.
    More Details Hide Details The book, which was written with MTV News writer and former FNMTV co-host James Montgomery, was released on February 26, 2013.
    However, in February 2012, he posted a photo on his personal blog of what appeared to be a rough draft of the book's manuscript, explaining that he was currently in the process of editing Rainy Day Kids and that it would be 40–50 pages longer than he originally expected.
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  • 2011
    Age 31
    Their divorce was finalized on November 22, 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 30
    Wentz collaborated with Mark Hoppus on the track "In Transit" on the Almost Alice soundtrack for the 2010 movie, Alice in Wonderland.
    More Details Hide Details He was also a judge for the 10th and 11th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers. Wentz has written a book entitled The Boy With the Thorn in His Side, a story based on nightmares he had as a child. The title is a reference to a track on The Smiths' album The Queen Is Dead. Wentz explained that writing books serves as another mode of self-expression other than songwriting: "My inspiration and my ideas don't begin and end at the beginning and the ending of a song. It is too limiting." It was reported that he was to publish another book, entitled Rainy Day Kids, but years went by without any word on the book's progress, and Wentz even expressed on his Twitter account that he didn't think it would ever come to fruition.
    In July 2010, Wentz, with singer Bebe Rexha, guitarist Nate Patterson, and drummer Spencer Peterson, formed the ska/electropop band Black Cards.
    More Details Hide Details Originally, the band had planned to release a full-length LP in the summer of 2011. However, after several delays, the departures of both Patterson and Rexha, and general uncertainty about the band's future, the group reshuffled, scrapping the original album and announcing plans to release a mixtape, write new material, and continue to remix tracks by other artists. With regards to the band's sound, Wentz has said that during the time he took off to spend with his family, he began to be inspired by Jamaican reggae songs such as Culture's "Two Sevens Clash" and The Gladiators' "Warriors". Wentz then contacted producer Sam Hollander (Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, Hey Monday) and discussed the idea with him to mash up ska, dance and reggae with 80s British rock and pop to create a new experimental sound. On January 12, 2012, the band announced via Facebook that vocalist Bebe Rexha was no longer a member of the group.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 29
    In 2009, he made a cameo appearance as himself in Degrassi Goes Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details Wentz hosts the TV show Best Ink. Wentz directed a music video for the song "If It's Love" by American rock band Train.
    In June 2009, it was announced that Wentz was working on a five-issue comic book mini-series called Fall Out Toy Works, to be published by Image Comics.
    More Details Hide Details The idea was conceived by Wentz and designer Darren Romanelli. The plot is loosely based on the Fall Out Boy song "Tiffany Blews" and focuses on "a mysterious toymaker, a cyborg gal named Tiffany and a kid in a bear suit that looks lifted from the cover of Fall Out Boy's Folie á Deux." With writing by Brett Lewis, and art by Sam Basri, the first issue was released on September 2, 2009. Wentz also has a film production company called Bartskull Films, which put out the DVD Release the Bats, starring Wentz, his bandmates, and several of his personal friends. Wentz has told several sources that he has all the footage to release a sequel, but editing and time constraints have kept him from doing so, and therefore the fate of the project is still up in the air. Wentz was in a multi-episode arc of the show One Tree Hill, appearing at Tric (the local all-ages club in Tree Hill) with the entire band. The band first appeared in an episode "An Attempt to Tip the Scales", where they played their single "Dance, Dance" and went on to appear on Peyton and Ellie's (also One Tree Hill's album) tribute album, "Friends with Benefit" to support cancer awareness. Pete made his first solo cameo in the episode "When It Isn't Like It Should Be" as the romantic interest of Peyton Sawyer, a senior at Tree Hill who had booked the band to play at Tric.
    Wentz also hosted the Australia MTV VMAs on March 27, 2009.
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    During Fall Out Boy's temporary hiatus in 2009–12, Wentz formed the experimental, electropop and dubstep group Black Cards.
    More Details Hide Details He owns a record label, DCD2 Records, which has signed bands including Panic! at the Disco and Gym Class Heroes. Fall Out Boy returned in February 2013. Wentz has also ventured into other non-musical projects, including writing, acting, and fashion; in 2005 he founded a clothing company called Clandestine Industries. He also hosts the TV show Best Ink and runs a film production company called Bartskull Films, as well as a bar called Angels & Kings. His philanthropic activities include collaborations with Invisible Children, Inc. and UNICEF's Tap Project, a fundraising project that helps bring clean drinking water to people worldwide. People magazine states that "no bassist has upstaged a frontman as well as Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy." Wentz was born Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III, in Wilmette, Illinois, an affluent suburb of Chicago. He is the son of Dale (née Lewis), a high school admissions counselor, and Pete Wentz II, an attorney. He is of English and German descent on his father's side and Afro-Jamaican on his mother's side. He has a younger sister, Hillary, and a younger brother, Andrew. His black maternal grandfather, Arthur Winston Lewis, served as the U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone; Arthur Winston Lewis' cousin is General Colin Powell.
  • 2008
    Age 28
    He was also vocal in his support of Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Election, designing a shirt promoting Obama's campaign through his clothing line, Clandestine Industries.
    More Details Hide Details Along with Mary J. Blige and Billy Corgan, Wentz is a spokesperson for The Jed Foundation's Half of Us campaign, a program aimed at lowering the rate of teenage suicide. Wentz was a vegetarian for many years, and appeared on the ballot of PETA2's third annual "Sexiest Vegetarian" awards.
    On December 13, 2008, Wentz, along with Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, created several pieces for an art exhibit at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles called "Without You, I'm Just Me."
    More Details Hide Details The exhibit closed on December 24, 2008. Wentz appeared in the season 5 episode of CSI: NY, "Point of No Return", along with wife Ashlee.
    Wentz said in 2008 that, after being an atheist most of his life, fatherhood made him believe in God and become a Roman Catholic. On February 8, 2011, Simpson filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences".
    More Details Hide Details She asked for joint custody and primary physical custody of their son, Bronx, with visitation for Wentz, along with spousal support. However, a later report said that Simpson believed the couple simply "married too young", with the source stating that, "It was honestly a classic case of marrying young, having a kid young and growing apart over the years". Wentz reportedly did not want the divorce.
    Simpson gave birth to their son, Bronx Mowgli Wentz, on November 20, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Wentz said the reason behind the name Bronx "comes back to a very specific story between me and my wife. But I would just like to say that it wasn't because either of us were trying to give our son street cred. At the end of the day, we like the name. Brooklyn gets a lot of love. It's time for the Bronx to get a little bit of love too."
    In April 2008, Simpson and Wentz confirmed their engagement, and were married on May 17, 2008, at Simpson's parents' residence in Encino, California, with her father officiating the ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details Two weeks later, she confirmed her pregnancy. Her surname changed from Simpson to Wentz and she was briefly known professionally as Ashlee Simpson-Wentz.
    On February 24, 2008, Wentz appeared in comedian Jimmy Kimmel's video "I'm Fucking Ben Affleck" as a chorus member (along with many other celebrities).
    More Details Hide Details The video was in response to one made by Kimmel's then girlfriend, Sarah Silverman, "I'm Fucking Matt Damon".
    He also made a brief cameo appearance in the show Californication. On February 6, 2008, it was reported that Wentz was the leading candidate for writer Diablo Cody's follow-up film to Juno, Jennifer's Body.
    More Details Hide Details The role ended up going to Adam Brody.
    In 2008, Fender gave his son, Bronx Wentz, a three-quarter-sized modified version of his guitar.
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  • 2007
    Age 27
    In 2007, Fall Out Boy's fourth album, Infinity on High was released to major success, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 260,000 sales, spurred by the #2 charting lead single, "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race". The second single, "Thnks fr th Mmrs" sold more than 2 million units in the US. The band's fifth studio album, Folie à Deux was released on December 13, 2008, and debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200.
    More Details Hide Details The band toured extensively in support of their albums. On November 20, 2009, the four band members announced they will be taking an indefinite hiatus, saying they were unsure of the future of the band. Wentz has said that his personal reason for taking a break is that he feels that his name and marriage to pop singer Ashlee Simpson had become a hindrance for the band. He added: "I think the world needs a little less Pete Wentz". On February 4, 2013, the band announced their hiatus was over, via their official webpage. They released a new single off their upcoming album, a video for the single, upcoming tour dates and a pre-order campaign for the new album titled Save Rock and Roll.
    In June 2007, Wentz celebrated the opening of Angels & Kings' second location in Chicago.
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    In April 2007, Pete came out with his own signature Squier Precision Bass.
    More Details Hide Details It has a black body with a red shell pickguard and special graphics that include Wentz's own red bat/heart design on the body, plus a black bat/diamond fingerboard inlay at the 12th fret. It also features Wentz's signature on the back of the headstock. Wentz owns a very similar custom Fender bass with a purple pickguard and bat/heart.
  • 2006
    Age 26
    In 2006, Wentz started dating singer Ashlee Simpson.
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  • 2005
    Age 25
    Wentz has bipolar disorder, and has taken medication for it since he was eighteen. In February 2005, Wentz attempted suicide by taking an overdose of the anxiety medication Ativan, and as a result, spent a week in the hospital.
    More Details Hide Details Commenting on the event to a magazine, he said: I was isolating myself further and further, and the more I isolated myself, the more isolated I'd feel. I wasn't sleeping. I just wanted my head to shut off, like, I just wanted to completely stop thinking about anything at all. The suicide attempt was put into song form, "7 Minutes in Heaven (Atavan Halen)" and released on their album, From Under The Cork Tree. After this event, Wentz moved back in with his parents. Wentz later spoke of his suicide attempt to the support site Halfofus.com and cites Jeff Buckley's version of the Leonard Cohen classic "Hallelujah" as a song that saved his life.
  • 2002
    Age 22
    In 2002, Arma Angelus, the band in which Wentz was the vocalist, played its last show. In 2002, Fall Out Boy released an EP called Fall Out Boy/Project Rocket Split EP.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after, in 2003, the band released their mini-LP Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend on Uprising Records. This album would later be digitally remastered and reissued after the band's third, successful full-album release From Under the Cork Tree, on the major label Island Records. In 2003, the band released their first full-length album, Take This to Your Grave through Fueled By Ramen. Fall Out Boy signed with major label Island Records in 2003 and in 2004 released an acoustic EP and DVD entitled, My Heart Will Always Be the B-Side to My Tongue. Their third album, From Under the Cork Tree, was released in 2005. Wentz wrote the lyrics to the lead single, "Sugar, We're Goin Down" with his dad in Chicago; the song peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent months in the top 50 of the Hot 100, marking five weeks in the top 10 and fourteen weeks in the top 20. The band's major label debut album has since been certified double platinum by the RIAA as well as "Sugar, We're Goin Down."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Born
    Born on June 5, 1979.
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