“I’ve actually been dying for this day,” Travie McCoy admitted before the Gym Class Heroes‘ Unplugged taping in New York City last month. “It gives us a chance to breathe new life into these songs as we strip them down, it’s very cool.” So down to acoustic guitars and brush sticks and strings they stripped for a catalog spanning set. And for their boombox-as-love anthem, “Stereo Hearts,” they stripped also Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, replacing his smooth crooning with — surprise! — Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump‘s singular, sweet wail.
Perched atop a stool, the long time Gym Class Heroes collaborator and champion joined his friends for some of that “good music” that “can be so hard to find.” McCoy had also mentioned ahead of the show that he was excited for fans that “have been down since day one” to hear the songs they know and love be reinterpreted. Well, Stump is that fan who has been down since day one, and having him on stage helping in that reinterpretation makes the experience all the more special for all involved.
Stump stuck around for a few more numbers that you’ll want to catch when VH1 Unplugged: Gym Class Heroes premieres online on Thursday July 12th, at 4 p.m. ET/PT.