Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman is “taking a break” from the band to care for his mental health.
In a statement posted overnight to the “Dance, Dance” group’s Twitter, Trohman writes, “Neil Young once howled that it’s better to burn out than to fade away. But I can tell you unequivocally that burning out is dreadful.”
“Without divulging all the details, I must disclose that my mental health has rapidly deteriorated over the past several years,” Trohman continues. “So, to avoid fading away and never returning, I will be taking a break from work which regrettably includes stepping away from Fall Out Boy for a spell.”
Trohman adds that the decision pains him, especially since Fall Out Boy just announced a new album, So Much (for) Stardust.
“So, the question remains: Will I return to the fold? Absolutely, one-hundred percent,” Trohman assures. “In the meantime, I must recover which means putting myself and my mental health first.”
He concludes, “Thank you to everyone, including my bandmates and family, for understanding and respecting this difficult, but necessary, decision.”
Trohman previously opened up about his mental health in his memoir, None of This Rocks, which was released last year. He also hosted a mental health podcast called I Hate Myself.
Meanwhile, Fall Out Boy performed without Trohman Wednesday night on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, giving the live debut to the lead So Much (for) Stardust single, “Love from the Other Side.” The album is due out March 24.
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