The group features Patrick Stump (vocalist and guitarist), Pete Wentz (bassist), Joe Trohman (guitarist) and Andy Hurley (drummer) and released their sixth studio album, American Beauty/American Psycho, earlier in 2015 to instant acclaim.
After the release of the album, their lead single “Centuries” went four times platinum which led the album to debut at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, selling well over 200,000 copies in its first week.
Other singles from their recent album include: “American Beauty/American Psycho”, “Uma Thurman” and “Irresistible”. This year, “Uma Thurman” debuted at number one on the American iTunes chart and reached 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified RIAA Platinum. The music video was awarded the Best Rock Video at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
CFL.ca’s Brodie Lawson caught up with Fall Out Boy’s bassist Pete Wentz in Los Angeles to discuss the news. CFL partner Whistle Sports also tagged along and captured some cool behind the scenes footage of the interview.
The Sirius XM Kickoff Show will feature 2014 Juno Award and 10-time CCMA Award winning artist Dean Brody. Brody’s most recent album Gypsy Road has earned him his second PLATINUM single, “Bring Down The House.” Recently wrapping a 22-city, 7000 km national tour, Brody will head to Nashville in early 2016 to perform at The Grand Ole Opry.
Nissan, the official automotive partner of the CFL, is gearing up for the 103rd Grey Cup by supporting several fan-focused events. The Nissan Titan Street Festival will take over the University of Winnipeg in downtown Winnipeg, and will feature the MacDon Fan Experience and Family Zone full of fun, educational, and interactive activities for all ages. It will also feature free live entertainment by local and national artists at both the Nissan Titan Street Festival Main Stage and Nissan Titan Street Festival Promenade Tent, giveaways, mascots and more.
This year, the Canadian national anthem will be performed by Quebec singer-songwriter Bobby Bazini. The two-time Juno Award nominee will perform the anthems in both French and English prior to kickoff. Bobby Bazini’s 2014 album Where I Belong was one of the best-selling albums in Canada.
Christina Litz, CFL Vice President Marketing and Content announced the news during the unveiling of a new Grey Cup tradition, the #GreyCup sign, made by Wright XM. The sign, which is more than 46 feet long and nearly seven feet high, will become a Grey Cup landmark for Grey Cup host cities moving forward.
What makes the sign even more special is the associated social media element. Anyone, anywhere in the world, who tweets using #GreyCup or #CoupeGrey will have the opportunity to change the colour of the entire sign to the colours of their favourite CFL team.
- BC Lions - #LionsOrange
- Calgary Stampeders - #StampsRed
- Edmonton Eskimos - #GreenAndGold
- Winnipeg Blue Bombers - #BlueAndGold
- Saskatchewan Roughriders - #RiderGreen
- Hamilton Tiger-Cats - #BlackAndYellow
- Toronto Argonauts - #DoubleBlue
- Ottawa REDBLACKS –#RedAndBlack #RougeEtNoir
- Montreal Alouettes - #AlsRed #AlsRouge
In addition, Shaw Communications is making it even easier to interact with the #GreyCup sign, by providing free access to its extensive Shaw Go WiFi network at all locations across Winnipeg throughout Grey Cup Festival week. With over 4,000 access points across the city, Shaw Go WiFi is Winnipeg’s largest WiFi network, and will give residents, visitors and CFL fans alike the ability to use the Internet on the go during Grey Cup week while avoiding expensive cellular data charges.
The 103rd Grey Cup presented by Shaw will be played Sunday, November 29, 2015 at Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field.
“We’re honored the CFL invited us to perform during one of the country’s most monumental events. Plus it’s pretty rad we get to watch the game in person.”
- Pete Wentz, Bassist of Fall Out Boy
“I always have a great time in Winnipeg but playing at the Grey Cup – Canada's greatest sporting party is going to be awesome. As a kid, nothing was bigger than my dream to be a punter in the CFL. I won't get to punt on November 29 but I will get to play music and that's definitely cool. The guys and I can't wait!”
- Dean Brody, award-winning country artist
“After selling out hundreds of shows, Fall Out Boy will get to rock Canada’s largest stage during the Nissan Titan Halftime Show at the 103rd Grey Cup presented by Shaw. Our fans at Investors Group Field and ones watching across North America, and around the world will be treated to a fantastic show that will spark an exciting second half for Canada’s football championship.”
- Christina Litz, Vice President of Marketing and Content, Canadian Football League
“Nissan is proud of its ongoing partnership with the CFL and its storied history. The Nissan Titan Street Festival is about bringing Canadian families together from across the country to celebrate a momentous Canadian sporting event. We also expect the Nissan Titan Halftime Show will bring a lot of excitement to CFL fans.”
- Steven Rhind, Director of Marketing, Nissan Canada Inc.
“It’s our 10th year being part of the Grey Cup and we’re so excited to celebrate the nation’s game with the CFL and our subscribers across Canada. Dean Brody is an amazing Canadian talent and we’re very proud to have him start the party off right at the SiriusXM Kickoff Show.”
- Paul Cunningham, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, SiriusXM Canada
“With kickoff only weeks away, residents, visitors and CFL Fans will be able to tweet, post and share their Grey Cup memories with friends and family easily and without charge. With thousands of access points across Winnipeg, Shaw Go WiFi will provide users with a convenient way to stay connected throughout Grey Cup week.”
- Jim Little, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Shaw Communications.
Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz Talks Grey Cup