Pete Wentz

Pete Wentz

Infobox musical artist
Name = Peter Wentz
Background = solo_singer

Img_capt = Wentz at the Blender Sessions, Hard Rock Hotel, Chicago, August 6, 2007
Img_size = 300
Birth_name = Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III
Born = birth date and age|1979|6|5 Fact|date=June 2008
Origin = Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.
Years_active = 1992–present
Genre = Metalcore (early years), pop punk, alternative rock
Instrument = bass, guitar, keyboards
Label = Decaydance, Fueled by Ramen, Island
Associated_acts = Fall Out Boy, Arma Angelus, Motion City Soundtrack
URL =,

Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III (born June 5, 1979) [] is an American musician and songwriter, most famous for his work with the Chicago-based band Fall Out Boy. In recent years, he has also become an entrepreneur and the host of the MTV program, "FNMTV".


Other projects

Wentz has written a book entitled "The Boy With the Thorn In His Side," a story based on nightmares he had as a child. [ Product page] . "". Accessed April 12, 2001987.] The title is a reference to a track on The Smiths' album "The Queen Is Dead". It was reported that he was to publish another book entitled "Rainy Day Kids", but he recently confirmed on his blog that this book will never come to fruition. [] "The Music Edge". Accessed April 12, 2009.] In addition, Wentz is currently co-writing another book with William Beckett of The Academy Is....

Wentz's company, Clandestine Industries, distributes books and clothing and other merchandise. On August 2, 2007, fashion company DKNY joined a partnership with Clandestine Industries. [ [ "Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz Partners With Fashion Giant DKNY."] About Top40.] Wentz himself has served as a model on the DKNY/Clandestine promo website. [ [ "Clandestine Industries for DKNY Jeans".] DKNYJeans] Wentz's clothing line is now exclusively available in the Bp. department at Nordstrom.

Additionally, he is borrowing an imprint of Fueled by Ramen, Decaydance Records, which has signed other bands, including: And other models at Buzznet, Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, October Fall, Lifetime, and [ The Cab] . Wentz's tattoo on his pelvis, the Bartskull, is the logo for Decaydance Records, Clandestine Industries, and Bartskull Films.

Wentz also has a film production company called Bartskull Films, which put out the DVD "Release the Bats", starring Wentz, his fellow bandmates, and several of his personal friends. The sequel is currently in the works.

In April 2007, Pete came out with his own signature Squier Precision Bass. It has a black body with a red shell pickguard and special graphics that include Wentz’s own red 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. [ [ The Squier Pete Wentz Precision Bass Guitar] . "Squire Guitars". Accessed on 2007-06-21.]

Wentz opened a nightclub in New York with his bandmates as well as members of Gym Class Heroes, The Academy Is..., and Cobra Starship; the bands' managers are also involved in the enterprise. Called Angels & Kings, the club occupies the former space on 11th Street near Avenue A that housed the Orchid Lounge. Notable guests, including Tommy Hilfiger, arrived for the grand opening on Sunday, April 20. ["Rolling Stone" staff (May 2, 2001). [ "Pete Wentz Opens NYC Dive Bar."] "Rolling Stone Magazine". Accessed 2007-06-21.]

Wentz was in a multi-episode arc of the show One Tree Hill, appearing second 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. The band continued to influence the One Tree Hill musical soundtrack, but the show no longer had a role for Wentz except in name and reference only.

On February 6, 2008, it was reported that Wentz was the leading candidate for writer Diablo Cody's follow-up film to Juno. The movie is said to be about an emo-band, with Wentz playing the role of the frontman of the band. The other two candidates are said to be Joel Madden of Good Charlotte and One Tree Hill's Chad Michael Murray. [ [ "Pete Wentz, Joel Madden for Juno Follow Up."]]

On February 24, 2008, Wentz appeared in comedian Jimmy Kimmel's video "I'm F*cking Ben Affleck" as a chorus member (along with many other celebrities). The video was in response to one made by Kimmel's then girlfriend, Sarah Silverman, "I'm F*cking Matt Damon".

He celebrated the opening of his bar, Angels & Kings, in Chicago in April 2007. [ [,,20207713,00.html People] ]

Personal life

In February 2005, Wentz attempted suicide by taking an overdose of the anxiety medication Ativan, and as a result, spent a week in hospital. Commenting on the event to a magazine, he said:

cquote|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 soon put into song form, "7 Minutes in Heaven (Atavan Halen)" and was released on their album, "From Under The Cork Tree". After this event, Wentz moved back in with his parents. [Citation | last1 = Greenwald | first1 = Andy | title = It's a Holiday in Suburbia | magazine = Spin Magazine | date = December 2005 | year = 2005 | url = ]

Wentz later spoke of his suicide attempt to the support site and cites Jeff Buckley's version of the Leonard Cohen classic "Hallelujah" as a song that saved his life. [ Citation | url =] In March 2006, nude photos of Wentz were posted on the Internet to the LiveJournal celebrity gossip community [ Oh No They Didn't] . The LiveJournal poster reported that she received the photos third-hand, and that Wentz originally sent the pictures to a woman with whom he allegedly had romantic interests. After the pictures spread across the Internet, Wentz posted a response on Fall Out Boy's website and blog asserting that the pictures were stolen from his T-Mobile Sidekick, and that after "feeling badly about this for about 24 hours, I am now ready to get back to laughing."Montgomery, James (2006). [ "Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz Comments On ... You Know, Those Photos"] . "VH1". Accessed May 6, 2006.] The video for the single "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" contains a scene that references the incident. He has bipolar disorder. ["]

In a "Rolling Stone" photo shoot, Wentz and singer/actress Ashlee Simpson took a picture together for the opening of Wentz' bar, Angels & Kings, and were labeled as a couple. Eventually the two began to acknowledge the relationship. On February 28, 2008, it was revealed that Wentz gave Simpson a promise ring. Ashlee Simpson announced that she was not pregnant and that the promise ring simply meant that Pete hadn't asked her dad yet. [ [ Simpson, Wentz plan engagement ] ] On April 9, 2008, Simpson confirmed on an episode of TRL that she and Wentz were engaged. [Citation|url=""] On April 14, 2008, rumors surfaced that the couple was expecting a baby but soon after these rumors appeared, Pete emailed MTV News to say that these rumors resulted from a "witch hunt" and that Simpson was not pregnant. Wentz soon married Simpson in Encino, CA on May 17, 2008 at Simpson's parents' residence, and Joe Simpson, Wentz's father in law, officiated at the ceremony.cite web|url=|title=Ashlee Simpson marries rocker Pete Wentz|accessdate=2008-05-18|date=2008-05-18|publisher=ninemsn]


In a "Blender" interview in March 2007, Wentz alluded to being bisexual, stating that he has kissed other men and that "anybody above the waist is totally fair game."cite web |url= |title=Who Does Pete Wentz Think He Is? |work="Blender Magazine" |accessdate=2007-08-01 |month=March | year=2007 |first=Jonah |last=Weiner] In the May 2007 issue of The Advocate, Wentz opened up about his sexuality, stating that he is sexually attracted to males but hasn't had sexual relations with other men because "I'm not a fan of penises". [cite web |url= |title=Big Gay Following: Pete Wentz |work="The Advocate" |accessdate=2008-01-04 |month=May | year=2007]

Later in July 2008 Wentz appeared on the front cover of Out Magazine with the headline, "Yeah, I am a fag". Wentz reasoned that "It’s all because I know I’m going to get a reaction...". [ [ "Pete Wentz front cover of Out".] 2008.]


External links

* [ Clandestine Industries for DKNY Jeans]
* [ Peter Wentz] on The Internet Movie Database
* [ Official Fall Out Boy Website]
* [ Interview: Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz]
* [ Interview With Pete Wentz via Instant Messenger] on AOL
* [ Clandestine Industries]
* [ Clandestine Photos]
* [ Fueled by Ramen]
* [ Bartskull Films]
* [ Decaydance Records]
* [ Friends Or Enemies]

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