fredag 30 maj 2008

Pete Wentz

Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III (born in 1979) is the bassist, back-up vocalist, and primary lyricist of Chicago-based band Fall Out Boy, as well as an entrepreneur. Wentz is married to entertainer Ashlee Simpson.

Wentz was primarily involved in the Chicago hardcore punk scene and was in several bands in the late 1990s. These included First Born, Extinction, Arma Angelus, Yellow Road Priest, and racetraitor. He and Arma Angelus' bassist Joe Trohman founded the band Fall out Boy after Trohman introduced Pete to a musical acquaintance, Patric Stump. Andy Hurley agreed to drum part-time, but only joined the band full-time later. In 2004, Arma Angelus, the band in which Wentz was the vocalist/screamer, played its last show.

In 2002, Fall Out Boy released an EP called Fall Out Boy/Project Rocket Split EP. Soon after, in 2003, the band released 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 second, more successful full-album release Take This To Your Grave. Later in 2003, Wentz and the rest of his bandmates signed with Island Records and in 2004 released an acoustic EP and DVD entitled, MY Hart will always be the B-side to my Tongue through the new label.

After Fall Out Boy released the My Heart EP, they released their third album, From Under the Cork Tree, in 2005. Wentz wrote the lyrics to the first single, "Sugar We´re going down" with his dad in Chicago; the song peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. in 2007, was the release date for Fall Out Boy's fourth full-length album, Infinity on high.
Wentz has been helping Panic at the disco, the band he signed to his Decaydance Records label in 2005, with their second album, Pretty. Odd, which came out on March, 2008.

Wentz's company, Clandestine Industries, distributes books and clothing and other merchandise. On Agu,2 2007, fashion company DKNY joined a partnership with Clandestine Industries. Wentz himself has served as a model on the DKNY/Clandestine promo website. Additionally, he owns his own imprint of fueled by ramen, decaydance records, which has signed several bands, including: panic at the disco. And other models at buzznet, gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, october fall, lifetime, and the cab.

Wentz opened a nightclub in NY with his bandmates as well as members of Gym Class Heroes and Cobra Starship; the bands' managers are also involved in the enterprise. Called Angels & Kings, the club occupies the former space that housed the Orchid Lounge, on 11th Street near Avenue A.

Wentz married Simpson in Encino, CA on May 17, 2008 at Simpson's parents residence. Joe Simpson, Pete's father in law, officiated at the ceremony.
On May 29th 2008, a blog on Pete's official site,, confirmed that wife Ashelee S is expecting their child, due next year.


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