Beware the Ides of March, Peter Wentz. In your case, however, the entire bloody month hasn't gone very well, has it? Let's start with the rather nasty feud you had with Christopher Gutierrez, a former pal..and, over what? Christopher accused Wentz of stealing his girlfriend. Chris called Wentz an 'opportunist businessman with shitty fashion sense'. Ouch. That hurts. Then, if that's not enough for the beginning of the month, we have our brooding nightmare bass player attempting a dive from the secret sold-out show in New York...who would figure that diving off a balcony into a crowd MIGHT cause some injury? Obviously, not Pete. But, dive he did.
The 'secret' sold out show went smoothly enough. Through it all, the band was its normal, slightly silly self. Frontman Patrick Stump shimmied his hips and smirked his way through the set. Guitarist Joe Trohman maintained his status as the goofiest guy in rock, making wide-eyed monkey faces and karate kicking his amp. Drummer Andy Hurley was his usual metronomic, tattooed self. And Wentz did what he does best; deliver sermons to the masses. His between-song-banter ran the gamut from cringe-inducing ("This song is about wanting to burn the suburbs down") to head-scratching ("I'm sorry I'm a little down, I just threw up an hour ago"), but this being his target audience, he managed to hit his marks.
He chided an overly aggressive meathead in the crowd by telling him that "fighting at a Fall Out Boy show is pretty dumb ... but not as dumb as fighting on LiveJournal" (a reference to an ongoing beef between himself and Chicago blogger "AskHeyChris"), and gave the audience the inside scoop on Fall Out's upcoming video for "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More 'Touch Me' ",provided they didn't go home and blog about it (wink, wink). And near the end of the set, he whipped out a digital camera, urging the crowd to throw up the Roc-A-Fella sign so he could snap a photo for his pal Jay-Z (like Jigga said, "I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man!").
About the only un-slick, unscripted moment came at set's end, as Wentz climbed to the Knitting Factory's upper balcony and prepared to take a plunge into the waiting arms of the crowd. The only problem was the crowd didn't quite seem to know what to do, and as Wentz leapt, fans only sort of caught him, and he went "down, down" (hard) to the concrete floor. He ended up being OK (though he missed the afterparty), and as bouncers hoisted him back onstage, a humble grin creased his lips. It was almost like he couldn't wait to read what the message boards were gonna say about it. And he was probably already formulating his response.
To add insult to not quite injury, Pete Wentz (what WAS he thinking) scored a trifecta when he 'claimed' that his Sidekick cell phone was, ahem, hacked. Indeed. Surprise, surprise! The images of his 'large in his own mind' penis were leaked onto the Internet. We ask you. Does this sound like a hack job? Or publicity stunt. Pete Wentz has several very successful labels, not the least of which include the platinum selling 'From Under the Cork Tree' album, and a very busy tour schedule filling up the entire year. Whether or not this is Peter's public showing of his peter or someone really did hack into his cell phone, we've got all the pics for your pleasure? Amusement? And, in the end, Wentz did take the whole thing in stride, even though he's alluded to his ex-friend, Chris, and we quote 'allegedly' doing the actual leaking. Wentz goes on to say - 'ok ok ok, big deal..its a penis, and if mine was half as pretty i would be shoving it in the face of every last one of you. its the punk rock equivalent of a sex tape, and do you know anyone whos career has been hurt by a sex tape? no. no one. like the old saying goes; theres no such thing as bad publicity'.
"As some of you obviously know, someone hacked into my Sidekick and took pictures off of it. This was very upsetting and a total invasion of privacy. I can't explain to you how it feels," he continued. "What's even more absurd to me is that anyone would care to see a couple of racy pictures of some sh---y, dirty boy. After feeling badly about this for about 24 hours, I am now ready to get back to laughing." "It's been a tough couple of weeks for me lately," he wrote. "The only good thing about times of adversity is that you realize who your real friends and fans are — and the rest go away — which in my mind is an OK thing," he wrote.
The other side to the story is: Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy has been sending nude pictures of himself to all sorts of people that probably didn't want to see them. The story so far is that he emailed these 100% NSFW pictures of himself to a girl he liked who in turn forwarded them to a friend of a friend of a dog who's a friend of a friend. And voila, here they are. If you're weak of stomach or don't enjoy seeing naked erections this early in the day, I suggest you stop looking. But if you've ever wondered what the bassist for Fall Out Boy would look like holding his own erection, then by all means go for it. Pete concluded with: "The moral of the story: If you really don't want pictures of yourself to end up on the Internet, don't take the pictures. Spoken like a true hipster whose penis will live on in perpetuity, indelibly there for your eyes, on the Internet.