Fall Out Boy guitarist and founding member Joe Trohman returned to the band after taking a months-long hiatus from the band to focus on his mental health. The guitarist announced his comeback on social media on Monday.
“Hi everyone, I’m officially back!” he wrote. “I want to thank everyone for the love and support while I took time to focus on my brain and be healthy for my family, friends and myself.”
He also thanked Ben Young, the band’s longtime guitarist, who filled in for him during the hiatus. Trohman announced his sanity hiatus in January, shortly after the band announced their eighth album, “So Much (for) Stardust,” and a new deal with Fueled by Ramen/Elektra Records.
“I also want to thank Ben Young for stepping up and filling in the shows I missed – he’s a true gentleman and scholar,” he added. “I’m thrilled to be back in action and can’t wait to see everyone on tour this summer!”
The band kicks off a North American tour with Bring Me the Horizon in support in their hometown of Chicago on June 21 and before heading to Japan and Europe for headlining dates later in the year.
In his announcement in January, Trohman wrote, “Neil Young once yelled that it was better to burn out than die. But I can tell you unequivocally that burnout is awful. Without divulging all the details, I must reveal that my mental health has deteriorated rapidly over the past few years.
“So in order to avoid disappearing and never coming back, I’m going to take a break from my work, which unfortunately involves stepping away from Fall Out Boy for a while. It pains me to make this decision, especially when we’re releasing a new album that fills me with great pride (the sin I’m most proud of).
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