Pete Wentz

February 9, 2011 by Post Team 

Pete Wentz, Pete Wentz (born Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III, June 5, 1979) is an American musician, known for being the bassist and main songwriter rock band Fall Out Boy. Since the announcement of Fall Out Boy’s indefinite hiatus, Wentz formed the group Black electropop experimental maps.

Wentz has also ventured into other non-musical projects; including writing, acting, and fashion, and in 2005 he founded a clothing company called Clandestine Industries. He also runs a film production company called Bartskull Films, and a bar called Angels & Kings. His philanthropic activities include collaborations with Invisible Children and UNICEF Tap Project, a project to collect funds to help bring clean water to people around the world. On May 17, 2008, Wentz married Ashlee Simpson.

Wentz was born Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III, in Wilmette, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of Dale, a high school admissions counselor, and Pete Wentz II, a lawyer. His parents met during the campaign to become vice-president Joe Biden in the 1970s.

Wentz attended New Trier High School and North Shore Country Day School, where he was a football All-State. He considered pursuing a career in sport, but decided that music was a more satisfying choice, he says he “always had a magical connection to the ball, but it did not feel like a adventure music was more difficult. And, ultimately, felt more interesting. “During its first year of high school, he began skipping school regularly and a school counselor persuaded his parents to send him to training camp to recover. Meanwhile, Wentz started writing songs as a way of expressing his frustrations. He started taking piano lessons then, and adopted a straight edge lifestyle.

After high school in 1997, he attended DePaul University where he studied political science, dropping quart shy of graduation to focus on his musical career. Wentz recalled in an interview with Rolling Stone that his first musical memory was listening to The Foundations’ song “Build Me Up Buttercup” at the rear of the car of her father.

Wentz was primarily involved in the hrdcre punk scene of Chicago and was in several bands in the late 1990s. These included First Born, Extinction, Arma Angelus (alongside Tim McIlrath, lead singer of Rise Against), Yellow Road Priest, and Racetraitor. He and Arma Angelus bassist Joe Trohman founded the pop-punk band Fall Out Boy after Trohman introduced Pete to a musical knowledge, Patrick Stump. 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.

Wentz is a supporter of Invisible Children, an organization dedicated to helping the cause of refugees displaced in Uganda. He and Fall Out Boy went to the nation, and filmed the video for the song “I’m Like a Lawyer … (Me & You)” which featured a love story between the children soldiers. Explained that when he discovered the struggle of children in Uganda, he “felt sad and I realized that I did not feel sad for something outside of myself or one of my friends in a very long time. ” Before the trip, he participated in an event organized by Invisible Children called “Displace Me”, where 67,000 activists around the United States has stayed in the streets in villages makeshift cardboard, hoping to educate people displaced by the Ugandan government. Wentz said of the experience: “I do not want to get somewhere near what it is really like, but it was an attempt at empathy. We so the shots [necessary to travel to] Africa, and we in Uganda in July. I’m pretty excited, but also a little nervous. I feel like I really understand it until I ‘ to go, and I think that there is no other chance for me to do. ”
(AP) – Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz are falling outside of marriage.

Simpson filed for divorce from the Fall Out Boy bassist Wednesday in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences, court records show. The singer and actress request physical custody of their 2-year-old son.

“After careful consideration, we made the difficult decision to divorce,” the former couple said in a joint statement. “We remain friends and parents cherish and love our son, whose happiness and Bronx welfare remains our priority No. 1. “

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