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With everyone hastily figuring out what to do on Friday night, don't worry about Pete Wentz and his wife, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz. The rock couple are already on the books to host a private New Year's Eve celebration with Ciroc Vodka at the Hard Rock Hotel in his hometown of Chicago. I recently caught up with the Black Cards frontman and bassist to get his thoughts on his big, post-Fall Out Boy project, his new brother-in-law, son Bronx, 2, and his surprising resolution.
Us: So tell me about this Ciroc New Year's Eve partnership? Did you get involved through Diddy?
Pete Wentz: I guess. I mean we've hung out a couple times before and it was good time. We went bowling and he's pretty nice guy. But the thing that was like one of the coolest thing is that because it's happening across the nation, I was able to go to my hometown, which is really rad, so I'm going to Chicago. I haven't done a New Year's in Chicago in a while so that's pretty exciting to me!
Us: That's going to be a lot of fun being back, right?
PW: Yeah, it will be awesome. I can't wait to see my family and, like, old friends. We used to do New Years there like all the time.
Us: Are you going to bring the family with you?
PW: Yeah, the wife and the baby will be there. The baby will stay with my parents on New Years but the wife will be there for sure.
Us: What are you going to be doing?
PW: I'll be hosting. Maybe I'll get behind the bar and make a couple Ciroc Countdowns, the drink of the evening, which seems like a pretty simple drink to make. Just some Ciroc, Ginger Ale and a little lemon.
Us: Do you guys have any resolutions?
PW: Well, I took off my hat for the first time in three months yesterday. I was like, 'wow, your hair is out of control,' so I'm thinking I'll probably get it cut for the new year. Let me think what other real resolutions I have. I think one thing I'd really like to do in general is go on a trip with my family somewhere that we all haven't been, I think that'd be cool.
Us: How has life been?
PW: It's been really good. It's interesting starting a new project where like, on one hand it's kind of strange because you've been playing with music with the same three people, the four of us total, for the past seven years of my life so it's like a little bit odd. But there's something that's refreshing about it where there's not an expectation and I think that one of the traps you can get into is that every next thing you do, the next tour, the next album has to be bigger and better, and this is just different and refreshing.
Us: You're sister-in-law is Jessica Simpson. What do you think of her fiance, Eric Johnson?
PW: Eric's awesome. I think the main thing that I really like about Eric is that he makes Jessica happy, you know? Genuine happiness. So it's like I welcome anyone that brings that to her life. Me and him get along pretty well.
Us: What did you do for the holidays
?PW: We stayed in L.A. and had Christmas out here with her family. We had my entire family out for Thanksgiving. It's interesting, it's cool when you become a part of someone else's family, like you celebrate their traditions and you bring some of your traditions and mix it in. And then right after that we jump to Chicago for New Years so Bronx will be spoiled by both sets of grandparents probably.
Us: Anything else you want to add?
PW: No. I'm excited to celebrate the new year. One thing that I definitely think is important with the Ciroc campaign is they are really encouraging everyone to make sure that they celebrate safely. So I want to encourage that as well. You want to be able to kind of decide your designated driver before you start the night and make sure you get home safe.
By Ian Drew for UsMagazine.com.
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