Patrick Stump is confident he'll be able to handle life in the spotlight when he kicks off a solo career - because he's carefully watched his former Fall Out Boy band mate Pete Wentz deal with fame.
The singer admits he is rarely recognized in public because bassist Wentz served as the Dance, Dance hit-makers' unofficial frontman before the group decided to take a break earlier this year.
However Stump, who is preparing to release a solo album, insists he's learned a lot by seeing Wentz tackle the lead role.
He tells the Washington Post, "I don't get recognized at all. I'm not used to getting recognized. It really is a unique position. There's certainly not a lot of solo artists in that situation. I can think of other bands where the lead singer wasn't really the main guy, the focus of the attention. But I can't think of a lot of times where that guy then goes off and does a solo record. I think I have the good fortune of seeing (fame) happen to someone else very close to me (Wentz)... so I think I have a very good handle on it."
And Stump is excited to show fans his R&B side after so many years as a rock star: "Having been in a somewhat popular rock band, I'm not really much of a rock guy. I'm not really comfortable with it, it's not really what I know. But it certainly is for Pete as a lyricist, so you can't write an R&B song to that, it just doesn't sing right, it doesn't feel right. So at the end of the day, it almost felt more like a Ouija board, where I wasn't really in control. It just kind of directed you."