Patrick Stump on his BFF: ‘I am the musician I am pretty much because of Pete’

On Friday, Absolutepunk posted a teaser to get us pumped for the two-part Patrick Stump interview that’d be hitting the web today. Wise ‘Trick eloquently explained why they’d never make another Take This To Your Grave. Part 1 of the interview is now on in full, and although it is a fantastic read overall, there are some moments in the interview that are just so darn heartfelt and sweet, they’ll make your teeth ache. What’s one thing you think people most misunderstand or misinterpret about you and/or the band? Patrick: I think they really don’t understand Pete. I’ve heard a lot of really awful, negative things said about Pete, and it’s like, “Dude, you don’t even have a clue how honest and real that guy is” for the amount of crap that people talk about him. Pete said it, and it’s true, they make you into a wrestling character. And it’s also like reality TV editing. It’s really easy to cut somebody in rolling their eyes when that might not have even happened next to the thing that it’s being shown next to. Honestly, I don’t know, that’s one thing that bothers me a lot. And then I’ll hear things from people where it’s like, “Oh you’re band’s great but I hate your bass player” and I’m like, then you just said you hate our band cause I don’t fucking care. He’s my best friend. Obviously he’s still in the band for a reason, it’s not like I’m waiting for someone to go “Oh yeah, you know, Pete sucks” and I’ll go like “Yes! Thank you, now he’s totally fired!” No, he’s my best friend and he’s absolutely important. He’s invaluable. I wouldn’t be here without him. I’ll hear things like, “Your voice is great but Pete’s really lame” and it’s like, well, Pete’s the only guy who got me to sing. I wasn’t a singer until Pete saw it in me. So I don’t particularly see value in me being a singer but he does and he’s always my cheerleader, trying to keep me going. So I am the musician I am pretty much because of Pete. And I’m not even saying I’m that great a musician. I’m saying if there’s anyone that thinks I am, all the thanks goes to Pete. So that’s one thing that bothers me a lot and I don’t think people really understand fully.
But this isn’t the Pete and Patrick show, Stump assures you. The man is all about friendship.
It’s weird, I know a lot of bands that aren’t friends, and that really bothers me. I can’t imagine not being friends with my band, I don’t know how I would be able to operate without being friends.

Part 1 can be read here, and it should be. Part 2 will be posted next Monday, October 13th.

On that note, I am going to go make a videoblog asking Patrick Stump to be my friend, because he seems like an irreplacable one.

Just kidding about that videoblog part. Or… am I?