Fall Out Boy brings charity initiative to Mania tour

Not many artists head out on tour for an album that is yet to be released. Even fewer artists dedicate said tour to promoting charity work and community service. That’s where Fall Out Boy comes in.

Earlier this year, the punk/rock band announced their seventh album MANIA and subsequent tour would be heading fans’ way in the fall. The new project, which follows 2015’s Platinum-certified American Beauty/American Psycho, garnered plenty of buzz upon the release of lead single “Young and Menace,” which saw the band exploring EDM elements in their music.

Mania was set to be released today (September 15) with the tour kicking off the following night. However, shortly after releasing second single “Champion,” frontman Patrick Stump made an announcement that the record’s release would be pushed back to January 19, 2018 to allow for time to iron out and perfect each song.

Despite the delay, Fall Out Boy remained dedicated to the Mania Tour, which is still on schedule to launch in front of a sold-out hometown crowd at Chicago’s House of Blues September 16. The decision to have Chicago be the starting point on their latest tour brings in a new initiative, the Fall Out Boy Fund and Champion of the Mania Tour.

The band announced this week that they have created the Fall Out Boy fund, designed to give back to the city of Chicago given that their home city has given so much to them over the years. Their first order of business is to donate to local food education program Back to the Roots, which will provide 20,000 elementary school children with gardening kits and programs to learn about the nature and health benefits of organic, locally-grown food.

In addition, the guys have asked for their fans help to celebrate individuals across the country who are making a difference in their own community. Through online social media submissions, fans can nominate anyone who spreads positivity by putting others before themselves. The band will highlight the work and achievements of selected individuals, who will be dubbed a Champion of the Mania Tour.

“We want to do something special with the other funds we’ve raised and give back to others in communities across the country,” they wrote in an official statement. “We want to celebrate people that exemplify kindness, bravery, generosity, and everything else that brings goodness to the forefront.”

A winner will be chosen for each show of the tour, for which they will receive free tickets to their local concert, recognition during the set and on the official Fall Out Boy Instagram, but most importantly, a donation made in their name to a charity of their choice through the Fall Out Boy Fund.

While some may harp on the idea that a band cannot tour an album that is not yet out to the public, others will (and should) simply applaud Fall Out Boy for using their music and platform to highlight good in the world. By our measure, that’s the mark of a true champion.

The Mania Tour begins with shows in Chicago and Rio de Janeiro over the next month, and then kicks into high gear for a 20-date North American leg, starting October 20 in Cleveland. Browse tickets here.