Okay, this is definitely an odd but true news item. Apparently, veteran documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles (co-director of Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens, with his brother David) has been tracking the teen-friendly rock/pop band, Fall Out Boy. According to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, the plan is to turn the footage into a true blue documentary and not just some promo DVD. Interesting. This is one of those collaborations where you’re not sure if it’s really genius or incredibly misinformed. I really don’t know what to say, so I’ll let MTV News do the reporting:
“Albert came along and was like, ‘I’m really interested in doing something with your band,’ and we did the thing like when you’re in high school and the hot girl talks to you, and you sort of look behind you and go, ‘Who, us?’ ” Wentz laughed. “I mean, he did ‘Gimme Shelter,’ and it’s amazing, and seriously, this guy could document pretty much anything, and he wanted to do something with us. That’s what blew our minds more than anything.”
Maysles and his crew hit the road with Fall Out Boy for five dates on their Young Wild Things Tour, filming both the band’s secret show in Buffalo, New York, on November 19 (which they played under the alias “Schrute Farms”) and Wentz’s cameo in an upcoming Cobra Starship video, which was shot this month in Brooklyn, New York. The goal, according to Wentz, is to document “how the industry is changing,” by focusing on his mega-successful stable of Decaydance Records artists.