As gun control again overtakes the national conversation, Fall Out Boy and G-Eazy announced Monday that they will co-headline a Washington, D.C. concert, dubbed Stay Amped, that will benefit the gun-violence prevention groups Giffords and Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund. After seeing how the students of Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have rallied together to create a unified voice against gun violence, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz tells Rolling Stone that his band wanted to boost their signal.
“I think [the students’] first-person perspective is really powerful,” he says. “This is not a think tank or a lobby group – these are kids who have gone through what we are talking about. It’s powerful. Instead of the nation moving on this time, the kids are saying no. That’s something I want to be the soundtrack to.”
The concert will take place at Washington, D.C.’s the Anthem on March 23rd, one day before students fill the streets surrounding the Capitol as part of the March for Our Lives rally (Parkland students co-organized the rally.) Nearly 700 similar events around the nation will take place that day.
Wentz says he’s hopeful that the benefit will help begin to pave a road to real change. “I believe that kids should feel safe going to school,” he offers. “It’s pretty much simple as that. In the realm of problems, this feels like one that has a solution.”
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