One thing I remember about the photo shoot is I was asked to take off my hat. I was forced to take it off and I had been wearing that hat for a while. I never wanted to be the lead singer. I was always hoping to be a second guitarist with a backup singer role. I lobbied to find someone else to be the proper singer. But here I was being the lead singer, and I fucking hated it. When I was a drummer, I was always behind something.
Somehow the hat thing started. Pete gave me a hat instead of throwing it away - I think it’s the one I’m wearing on the cover of Take This To Your Grave. It became like my Linus blanket. I had my hat and I could always hide. You couldn’t see my eyes or very much of me, and I was very comfortable that way. The AP cover shoot was the first time someone asked me to take it off.
My mom has a poster of that cover in her house and every time I walk in and see it, I see the fear on my face — just trying to maintain composure while filled with terror and insecurity. ‘Why is there a camera on me?’
by Patrick Stump on Fall Out Boy’s First AP Cover (via soulstumped)