Peter Lewis Kingston "Pete" Wentz
III (born June 5, 1979) is an American musician, lyricist and
Music video director, most
famous for his work with the Chicago-based band
Fall Out Boy.
In recent years,
he has hosted the MTV
born Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III, in Wilmette,
Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.
is the son of Dale Wentz, a high school admissions counselor, and
Pete Wentz II, a lawyer. He attended New Trier High School and North
Shore Country Day School, where he was an all-state soccer player.
During his freshman year of
high school, he began skipping school regularly and a school
counselor convinced his parents to send him to boot camp
to straighten him out.
During this time, Wentz began writing songs as a way to vent out
his frustrations. After graduating from high school in 1997, he
University where he
studied political science, dropping out one quarter shy of
graduation to focus more on music.
Wentz recalled in a Rolling Stone
interview that his earliest musical memory was listening to
' song "Build Me Up Buttercup"
back of his dad's car.
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
(alongside Tim McIlrath
, frontman of Rise Against
), Yellow Road Priest, and Racetraitor
. He and Arma Angelus' bassist
founded the pop-punk
band Fall Out
after Trohman introduced Pete to a musical acquaintance,
. 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
. Soon after, in 2003, the band released
Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend
Records. This album would later be digitally remastered and
reissued after the band's second, more successful full-album
release Take This To Your
, on the independent label Fueled by Ramen Records
.Later in 2003, Wentz
and the rest of his band
and in 2004 released
EP and DVD entitled,
Heart Will Always Be the B-Side to My Tongue
Pete Wentz on December 10, 2006.
After Fall Out Boy released the My Heart EP
, they released their third album, From Under the Cork Tree
wrote the lyrics to the first single, "Sugar, We're Goin Down" with his dad
in Chicago; the song
peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot
100). February 6
, was the release date for Fall Out Boy's fourth
full-length album, Infinity On
Wentz has written a book entitled The Boy With the Thorn In His
a story based on nightmares he had as a child. The title
is a reference to a track
Smiths' album The Queen Is
. It was reported that he was to publish another book
entitled "Rainy Day Kids", but he recently confirmed via his
account that this book will never
come to fruition. In addition, Wentz is currently co-writing
another book with William
of The Academy
Wentz's company, Clandestine Industries, distributes books,
clothing, and other merchandise. On August 2, 2007, fashion company
joined a partnership with Clandestine
Industries. Wentz himself has served as a model on the
DKNY/Clandestine promo website. 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
, Cobra Starship
, October Fall
, and The
. Wentz's tattoo on his pelvis, the Bartskull, is the logo
for Decaydance Records
Clandestine Industries, and Bartskull
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
In April 2007, Pete came out with his own signature Squier Precision
. 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.
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
, arrived for the grand opening on April 20,
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
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
of Good Charlotte
Tree Hill's Chad Michael Murray
The role ended up being given to Adam
On February 24, 2008, Wentz appeared in comedian Jimmy Kimmel
's video "I'm Fucking 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
, "I'm Fucking Matt
He celebrated the opening of his bar, Angels & Kings, in
Chicago in April 2007.
December 13, 2008, Wentz, along with Travis
McCoy of Gym Class Heroes,
opened an art gallery in Los Angeles, CA called "Without You, I'm Just Me."
gallery closed on December 24, 2008.
Wentz appeared in the season 5 episode of CSI:
, "Point Of No Return", and is due to appear in the next
episode of season 9 of CSI: Crime Scene
. Wentz also hosted the Australia MTV VMAs on
March 27, 2009.
In June 2009, it was announced Wentz is working on a five-issue
comic book mini-series
called Fall Out Toy Works
, to be published
by Image Comics
. The idea was conceived
by Wentz and designer Darren
. The plot is loosely based on the Fall Out Boy song
" and focuses on "a
mysterious toymaker, a cyborg gal named Tiffany and a kid in a bear
suit that looks lifted from the cover of Fall Out Boy's Folie á
". It is to be written by writer Brett Lewis
, art from Sam
and the first issue will be released on September 2,
Wentz has bipolar disorder
February 2005, Wentz attempted suicide
taking an overdose
of the anxiety
as a result, spent a week in the hospital. Commenting on the event
to a magazine, he said:
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.
Wentz later spoke of his suicide attempt to the support site
Halfofus.com and cites Jeff Buckley
version of the Leonard Cohen
song that saved his life.
In March 2006, nude photos of Wentz were posted on the Internet to
community Oh No They Didn't
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
, and that after "feeling badly about this for about 24
hours, I am now ready to get back to laughing." The video for the
single "This Ain't
a Scene, It's an Arms Race
" contains a scene that references
In a Rolling Stone
shoot, Wentz and Ashlee Simpson
a picture together for the opening of Wentz's bar, Angels &
Kings, and were labeled as a couple. Eventually the two began to
acknowledge the relationship. On April 9, 2008, Simpson confirmed
on an episode of TRL
that she and Wentz were
engaged. 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 married Simpson in Encino, CA
on May 17, 2008 at Simpson's parents' residence, where Joe Simpson
officiated at the ceremony.
On May 28, 2008, Wentz and Simpson announced on Fall Out Boy
's official website that they were
expecting their first child. "While many have speculated about
this, we wanted to wait until the press was gone to have our first
child. This is truly the most joyous time in our lives and we are
excited to share the happy news and start our family." On November
20, 2008, Simpson gave birth to their son, Bronx Mowgli Wentz.
Wentz stated on his personal blog that the couple has made the
decision not to sell pictures of Bronx to any magazines yet.
In a Blender
interview in March 2007, Wentz stated that he
has kissed other men and that "anybody above the waist is totally
fair game." 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
Later in July 2008, Wentz appeared on the front cover of Out
with the headline, "Yeah, I am a fag." Wentz reasoned
that "It’s all because I know I’m going to get a reaction."
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- Loftus, Johnny. "Biography: Fall Out Boy". All Music
Guide. Accessed April 14, 2006.
- Billboard Hot 100 Charts.
Billboard.com. 15 March 2006.
- Product page. Amazon.com. Accessed April 12, 2001987.
- The Music Edge. Accessed April 12, 2009.
- "Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz Partners With Fashion Giant
DKNY." About Top40.
- Clandestine Industries for DKNY Jeans.
- The Squier Pete Wentz Precision Bass Guitar.
Squire Guitars. Accessed on 2007-06-21.
- Rolling Stone staff (May 2, 2007). "Pete Wentz Opens NYC Dive Bar."
Rolling Stone Magazine. Accessed
- "Pete Wentz, Joel Madden for Juno Follow Up."
Out Toy Works official site
- Nancy Schimelpfening. "Pete Wentz Admits He Has
Bipolar Disorder" About.com; August 7, 2007
- Video of Wentz at halfofus.com
- James Montgomery. "Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz
Comments On ... You Know, Those Photos" VH1; March 9, 2006. VH1. Accessed May 6, 2006.
- Natalie Finn. " Ashlee and Pete Fall into
Engagement" E! Online; April
- Breaking News From Pete And Ashlee
- Pete Wentz front cover of Out Out.com. 2008.