Image Courtesy of Crush ManagementThe guys in Fall Out Boy aren’t exactly jock types, so the fact that their latest hit, “Centuries,” has been adopted as a huge sports anthem has been a pretty unexpected development, to say the least. The song was ESPN’s theme for its coverage of the college football playoffs, and it’s also been used by the WWE, in addition to getting lots of play at various stadiums around the country.
“I’m personally very surprised by the way it’s been received in the sports community,” Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump tells ABC News Radio. “I don’t know enough about sports to write a song for it!”
Patrick says he’s also surprised at how the song seems to take on a whole new meaning when it’s played to accompany sporting events.
“It’s been pretty amazing to see, ” he tells ABC News Radio. “There’s a weird feeling when you hear the song in a stadium. When I sang the anthem at Soldier Field and then they play it, it sounds completely different. It feels completely different than my understanding of it from playing it on stage.”
“I don’t know, it’s cool. It adds another layer of appreciation to it,” he says, laughing, “Yeah, you couldn’t plan it that way!”
In fact, Patrick says if he’d attempted to write a song just for use at sporting events — or for any other use, really — he would have failed.
“I feel like any time you try and write for a specific purpose, those are the songs that fall flat, you know,” he explains.
By design or not, “Centuries” has turned out to fit the sports theme so perfectly that it’s actually gotten Fall Out Boy booked to perform at a number of high-profile sports-themed events. On Sunday, they played during the NHL All-Star game, and they’ll also play the Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops concert, ahead of Super Bowl 49 in Glendale, Arizona.
“Centuries” appears on Fall Out Boy’s new album American Beauty/American Psycho, which is on target to debut at #1 this week.
Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.