The Boys of Zummer tour kicked off last Wednesday (June 10) in New Jersey as co-headliners Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa began their series of summer shows that will continue up until August 10. The tour is scheduled to touch down in over 40 U.S. cities, aimed at promoting the duo’s equally, astronomically successful records from albums American Beauty/American Psycho and Blacc Hollywood.
In a press conference held Monday (June 15), Wiz Khalifa discussed the nostalgia and brotherhood that comes alongside touring with such a globally recognized rock band, as Fall Out Boy certainly is.
Wiz began by running off his favorite groups of all time, which include, but are not limited to Queen, Journey and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Turns out, Wiz is a huge fan of bands and always has been. So, having the opportunity to tour with one of the biggest in the business was certainly an adventure he wasn’t going to miss out on.
“Oh man, I’m influenced by live music so much in general. It’s the feeling that you get from a good band that is incredible, just the dynamic of each musician, you know, playing their heart out and being really, really good at their instrument, or whatever they do. Some of my favorite bands are Queen, Journey, The Police. I love Bob Marley and The Wailers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System of a Down. A lot of people who just really rock it live and kill it…Yes, I’m heavily inspired by live music and the band aesthetic.”
Wiz then began to reflect on his younger years, growing up in an environment where “bands” were not really a part of his culture. “It was different for me coming from where I came from because everybody in the hood, they didn’t really listen to stuff like that,” he revealed though he, unlike others, was drawn to its unique sound. “I like the music, I look up to the music.”
So what happens when Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa are offstage, away from the public eye? Is their natural chemistry any different? Well, the answer is not at all. The duo is just as compatible when they are not performing together. “It’s like that real brotherhood,” Wiz stated. We can talk about anything, or we can talk about nothing, but we’re still having a good time.”
As for that golden collaborative single, “Uma Thurman,” that track was predetermined genius. The duo first performed the single at the Billboard Music Awards last month, a performance that provided the public with just a little taste of how the two acts use their natural chemistry to create something brilliant. When asked about future collaborations with other bands within the same genre, Wiz Khalifa was not shy to say he was all game.