2013 was a big year for both Fall Out Boy and Capital Cities . Fall Out Boy’s Save Rock and Roll snagged the group their second #1 album on the Billboard 200 albums chart, while Capital Cities’ single "Safe and Sound" scored the guys their first-ever top-10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Now, the bands are going to celebrate their success by ringing in 2014 by appearing on America's biggest New Year's Eve show: Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.
Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump says he’s looking forward to performing on the telecast, mostly because the show has always been a part of his New Year’s Eve experience.“I just remember it being the standard thing…that’s what you do on New Year’s,” he tells ABC News Radio. “You have the TV on, and that’s what’s on, and that’s the countdown that we watched and everything. So…that’s all of my New Year’s memories pretty much.”
Capital Cities’ Sebu Simonian adds he has a habit of watching New Year's Rockin' Eve every year, although he rarely gets to see the whole thing. “I think it was just a ritual to turn on the TV about 15 seconds before the countdown for me and my family, because we were always probably eating still,” the singer tells ABC News Radio. “We start eating and then we don’t stop right until the countdown, and then we sit in front of the TV and watch the countdown, and then move on to some more eating.”
Capital Cities' Ryan Merchant notes that getting the chance to take the stage at the event is “an honor,” while Fall Out Boy’s bassist Pete Wentz is thrilled the band gets to follow in the footsteps of some of his favorite artists. “We read a lot of musicians’ biographies, or what they did, and...so many musicians have done things like this, and now it’s really bizarre because it feels like you’re...stepping into shoes,” explains Wentz. “We’re one of those bands now, we get to play this. So that’s a big deal.”
As for New Year’s Eve resolutions, two of the members of Fall Out Boy are looking to make some serious improvements in 2014. Stump’s goal is be “more punctual,” while Wentz is hoping to be less focused on his electronics. “I think my honest New Year’s resolution is to work on being more present, just in general,” notes the bassist. “I think that...all the like tablets and everything that exists, a lot of people just space out. I space out a lot of the time. [I just want to] be there more...[and] always be checked in as much as I can.”
Both bands will perform as part of the West Coast Party segments of the annual ABC New Year's Eve special, hosted by pop star Fergie . The broadcast kicks off at 11 p.m. ET as Seacrest counts down to midnight live from Times Square, after which the party will keep going until 2:12 a.m. ET.
Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio