Saturday, August 9, 2014

Gerard Way And The Hormones make surprise live debut at Warner Bros. Summer Sessions

Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way made a surprise appearance at Warner Bros. headquarters in Burbank for the final installment of their Summer Sessions concert series today performing as "Gerard Way And The Hormones."

I originally posted this story on AltPress.com on August 8, 2014 at 4:05 p.m. EDT

The pre-Reading And Leeds performance, for which Way was joined by the familiar faces of James Dewees and Ian Fowles from the Aquabats, was kept very quiet until the last minute, but the great thing about these sessions is that if past experience stands (which it very well might not, but we can always cross our fingers), they tend to end up online.

We will keep an eye out for any available videos. In the meantime, check out social media photos and videos from the performance and soundcheck via members of the WBR staff and fans below!



"Millions"

"Juarez"



(We spotted former MCR guitarist Ray Toro in the above video!)




Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sad Alien

It’s been more than a year since my last entry, which I would say is inexcusable, but truthfully I have a plethora of reasons for the lack of updates. It would be impossible to maintain this blog with the fervor and time-commitment I had in 2010, and the sadness I feel admitting that is immeasurable.

Sometimes the best way to describe a feeling is to give an instance of it, so I will start with this morning.

Gerard Way announced that his debut solo album will be here in just a couple months! September 30! He released the tracklisting, with some of the songs we know and love, and a couple whose demos I have been cherishing for a while now. It’s all so exciting. Or it should be, and it would be normally….

But I have a new feeling when I post news about the guys’ continued art these days. It’s sadness.

No, I’m not sad that it isn’t My Chemical Romance. I’m not sad to see the guys go their separate ways and pursue new things. I’m thrilled to see what they do, in fact, and can't wait for Frank's impending Stomachaches and Gerard's Hesitant Alien.

I’m sad that I can’t immerse myself in it the way I used to. I’m sad that I don’t have the time to hang out with you guys and theorize, cosplay, make art and form new, significant memories surrounding it all.

I feel like a part of me is missing.

I’ve been fueled by my intense passion for MCR for about half of my life and when I can’t indulge in it, it honestly doesn’t feel like living.

It feels like: type, type, copy-paste, crop, post, publish, repeat, repeat, repeat...

It feels like I live in a new colorless world. I miss my home.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

#MCRmyForLife - International My Chemical Romance Day 2013




I hope everyone has had a great International My Chemical Romance Day. This year was kind of surreal for me (and I'm sure for many others, as well.)

I got to celebrate in a pretty huge way by writing an IMCRDarticle for the magazine for which I work now to highlight the MCRmy and this awesome way we band together every year.

That's pretty crazy on its own, considering just a couple years ago, I was standing outside the venue where I worked press at Warped Tour just last week with the members of the band themselves. A person very dear to me pointed to the the magazine I call home's editor that night and said, "You should work for him."

Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined I actually would. It’s so strange how things in my life constantly come back to MCR.

I think it's because of the profound impact they have had on my life. It's just engrained. I have so much to be thankful for—the MCRmy, the band, the inspiring world we built together, this blog, even.
It all helped me achieve my dreams.

So, here’s my quick thank you to everyone. I’m so honored and proud to have been able to share even this small thing today.

Alternative Press: #MCRmyForLife: 20 Ways To Celebrate International My Chemical Romance Day

Monday, May 27, 2013

Killjoys Never Die: Much to say, much to do

Busy.

That's what life is.

But today, I have a day off(-ish), and I'm going to spend it populating my home, here, with the MCR-related pieces I've written for my "big blog," I'll call it--AltPress.com.

So much to say. So much to treasure. Just keep in mind that invisibility always wears off.


3-2-1, BOOM.

XoXo
c.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Ray Toro posts solo song, "Isn't That Something"

Note: This post has been backdated. Originally posted on AltPress.com May 24, 2013 at 10:22 p.m. ET

Ray Toro has posted a solo song on his SoundCloud account, The Real Ray Toro. Toro stated in a tweet that he completed all facets of the song completely on his own. Stream it and let me know what you think!



We've now heard new material from Gerard, Frank and Ray. Mikey next? Possibly. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

"I’m definitely not taking a break" - Gerard Way talks future musical ventures



Note: This post has been backdated. I originally posted this on AltPress.com May 22, 2013 at 6:24 p.m. ET


In a new article from Yahoo! Music, former My Chemical Romance frontman and newly announced AP 300 cover star Gerard Way talks about his post-MCR musical work.

While remaining vague about the direction his work is taking ("I’m just trying to figure out exactly what I’m supposed to do. I take a cue from the universe and I think about that pretty deeply and go with my gut 100 percent."), the singer expressed that he's "usually up until a minimum of 2 a.m. writing music" these days. What he does reveal is that he does not foresee his musical works becoming a solo project.

"I’ve never seen myself as a solo guy. Some of my favorite artists, like Nick Cave and Tom Waits, are so far beyond me right now and I feel that if I was going to do something like what they do, I’d have to be a lot older and I’d need a lot more life experience. So I don’t feel like doing that. It just doesn’t feel right."

The Yahoo! article's primary focus is The Aquabats! Super Show! episode that Way directed, which will air June 1 at 1 p.m. EDT. Way originally revealed his working on the episode in a podcast with Kevin Smith last December. You can find full details of the death metal adventure featuring former MCR bassist Mikey Way as the frontman of the antagonist band, Asthma, there.

Alternative Press #300 featuring My Chemical Romance
Our July issue, AP #300 features our first My Chemical Romance cover story, completely reimagined by Gerard, along with an exclusive short story, H.E.X., by him that you can only read in our pages. Preorders are available now.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"You Cannot Destroy Me:" A reflection on life and My Chemical Romance



I couldn’t find words for this for so long. I think I’ve finally accepted that it’s because I’ve said all that I need to say already.

I’m not interested in sweeping statements or writing a memorial piece. For the past 8-and-a-half years, I’ve spent nearly every waking moment living My Chemical Romance, honoring and praising them daily.

At first, I wanted to do those memorial things. Finding some perfect way to sum up and honor something I’d been actively immersed in and loudly appreciative of for years was impossible, because—as I’ve realized—I’ve already done it.

I have no regrets, nor confessions nor treasures I feel the need to share.

I searched for the right words to suspend the magic that surrounds My Chemical Romance, and they don’t exist. What does is the music that awakens and stirs it, makes it swirl around and engulf us again and again, forever. It’s in that feeling—those moments of possession at the live shows, the smell of honey and powder, crossing countless state-lines, the grit of a city on your skin while leaning, sunburnt and exhausted against a barricade, the chills, the inspiration, the red, the black, the bats, the confetti, the screams, the punches, the hugs, the Canadian winter, the Danger, the first aide tent, the racing hearts, Joan Of Arc, saints, villains, mortality, lessons, bruises, sweat, blood, falling, feeling, Gerard, Frank, Ray, Mikey…

It exists in every memory we have, and it’s different for each of us, which is the beauty of it, because that means that it spreads infinitely, through facets of human life that some of us don’t even know exist.

My Chemical Romance turned my life around at roughly the same time they saved Gerard Way’s life for the second time, I learned to drive with The Black Parade, graduated high school as the Parade died, survived, thrived and learned to destroy my way through college with Danger Days and graduated on the eighth anniversary of Revenge’s release. On March 22, 2013, I was prepping for my move into my first real, adult apartment when the band announced their end.

I spent that night—you guessed it—crying. Until 5 a.m.. I felt as if I were losing everything. I spent the next week in my new apartment feeling cursed and crying silently and whenever I was left alone for more than a moment. I also spent that time avoiding communication at all costs (an easy feat; as, I didn’t have an internet connection outside of work.) I still have yet to more than skim fellow MCRmy sentiments.
I felt like I first needed to reflect, and I needed to do it without influence beyond that of the members of MCR. The only ode I’ve read at this point is the one I helped compile with my editor, Jason, for Alternative Press.
Quiet and detached reflection is a funny thing. It makes you see signs: A chillingly silent cluster of ambulances I passed on my way to my new apartment, a black cat, a clover falling from a Danger Days diary…

It also turns you into a bit of a ghost.

It took only Gerard’s reflection to snap me out of it and gradually make me comfortable living again, because it reminded me that nothing is going away. None of the guys are going to lie low—I don’t think they can. The idea and the magic of MCR is not now and can never vanish. 

I picture it this way: That announcement was an explosion and everything we’ve ever learned or felt from the band rose and fell, distributing itself elsewhere—in them; in us.

Everything changes. Everything must die. But, as Gerard said, My Chemical Romance can never die. "It’s not a band, it is an idea." It’s way bigger than me or you or any weapon anyone has ever tried to use against it. It’s even bigger than even itself.

And I’m eternally indebted to it and grateful to have been a part of it.

It’s not the end.

In my reflection, I realized that next year, I will be the same age Gerard was when he wrote Bullets.  It’s easy, in a world that forces you to grow up so fast, to feel as if it’s too late for you, or you’ve passed your prime, but MCR reminded me that my life has only just begun, and that I’ll continue to grow, and they’ll continue to help me.

Even if they aren’t making music together, My Chemical Romance instilled so much in me and in anyone who has made it far enough to read this, and we’ll carry it forever.

Faith Kept. Forever.
cassie.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Frank Iero reflects on the end of My Chemical Romance

Note: This post has been backdated

In the latest post on his blog, Frank Iero--My Chemical Romance rhythm guitarist and self-proclaimed biggest fan--has shared his thoughts on MCR's disbandment. Read it in full, below:
"Greetings friends and acquaintances, on-lookers and rubberneckers, enemies and indifferents, believers and fakers,I needed to take some time to myself this past week. i felt a moment (or maybe a few moments) of silence was deserved and required. it was my intention to let the dust settle a bit, not form, on the recent mychem announcement. a large chunk of my life (jeez, almost half my life) was devoted to that band and all that went with it, and i felt a week of quiet reflection was the least i could do to honor it and all involved.

I have written, deleted and rewritten this letter way too many times than i care to remember. i am not much for eulogies so i will keep this short and to the point. i don't believe in holding back your feelings or emotions until it is too late. if you did not appreciate someone or something whil they were still here then you have no business expressing cute anecdotes when they are no longer around to enjoy them. in the 12 years i have been in mcr i believe i have said all i needed and wanted to say about it when it counted. if you know me or have ever listened to me speak about mychem you know wha it meant to me. i lived, breathed, and bled the band. i believed in and admired the things we created and the people that were involved in it (members and fans alike). for better or worse i held nothing back that i felt needed to be expressed. i loved my band with all i had and i have no regrets now that iiis done. we began, we lived and we ended mcr for all the right reasons. 
if you were there you know how truly special a time it  was...and if you weren't, well then you probably wish you were.
thank you all for the memories, my scrapbook is overflowing and my heart is excruciatingly full.
now on to the next…
xo frnk."

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Gerard Way posts fan mail address; reflects on MCR albums

Note: This post has been backdated. I originally posted it on AltPress.com March 28, 2013 at 1:13 ET

UPDATE: April 18 at 8:46 a.m. EDT
Gerard has updated the address to the former My Chemical Romance fanmail address; as, "it had started to become 'unpleasant' at the local USPS Office." You can now send letters (only, no packages) to the following address:
Warner Bros Records
c/o Gerard Way
3300 Warner Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
 
ORIGINAL POST: March 28 at 1:13 p.m. EDT
Gerard Way, vocalist of recently disbanded My Chemical Romance has released a public fanmail address via Twitter. The singer prefaces use of the address will two guidelines: "1. I cannot pass along anything to anyone else. 2. Don't make it weird."
Fans can send mail to Way at the following address:
Gerard Way
P.O. Box 572800
Tarzana, CA 91357
Way has also recently opened up communications about MCR's body of work on Twitter. Check out a stream of tweets reflecting on The Black Parade and Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, below. According to tweets, Way plans to re-visit Danger Days... possibly on Sunday with Bullets to follow.
The ending movement in "Fashion.." was inspired by the end of "All Star Me" by@chrislaneconley , one of my biggest influences.
— Gerard Way (@gerardway) March 27, 2013
In case you missed it, AP did some reflection of our own as we revisited our past MCR magazine features in our tribute post: "You'll Never Take Us Alive"