I haven't known them very long, they didn't save my life, and I haven't been to a concert... I'm not a very good fan
Being an active member of the My Chemical Romance online fan community and running my own MCR chat, I see this a lot.
It honestly breaks my heart.
The members of My Chemical Romance, from the beginning, have been creating a supportive community of people who can relate to one another through music when it is hard to relate to anyone else. MCR's music speaks to people and brings people together. A My Chemical Romance fan is just that- a fan with a love for the band's music. Or, at least, that's how it should be.
Unfortunately, there is a degree of unspoken elitism that some exude over other fans, contrary to the band's mission to give us a community where we are equals.
I'm noticing it now more than ever: newer fans are feeling inferior because they haven't known about My Chemical Romance for as long as some other fans or because they haven't gone to a concert, a sad product of MCR's message of fan unity and acceptance being swallowed whole by some sort of evil force.
I've decided to try to combat this evil force, whatever it may be. My first step was creating #MCRchat on twitter, which has had beautiful results and has shown that fans come in all shapes and sizes, but - in the end - we all have a common ground, and we can support one another.
This is my second step. This is for newer fans and older alike, but it's mostly for those who are new and insecure in their fandom.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and it is no one's fault that they were born later than another person. I talk to many young fans who would have died to have seen MCR in their "Revenge-Era," and the only reason they missed out was that they were simply too young at that time.
I started liking My Chemical Romance as a sad and lost 14-year-old girl in 2004, who found solace and something uplifting and inspiring in MCR's music. I was fortunate to have found them so early, but knowing about this band for 5 years or for 5 months does not define a fan.
So, here's the deal: I do not want to keep everything that I have learned in my years growing up with MCR to myself. For those who were not there, I want to pass along what it was like during that "Revenge Era." I want future MCR-lovers to be able to know this as a part of MCR history and to feel included in this fan community. I was a new fan at one point. We all were.
I plan to post reviews (written in the time period of the show) of all the MCR shows I have gone to, starting with the earliest and working my way forward in time.
I would encourage all other "older" MCR fans to come forth and share their experiences as well. I think we have an obligation to keep this alive for future fans and to help welcome all new fans.
::ENTRIES SO FAR::
2005 Taste of Chaos | Green Day & MCR | Warped Tour, Columbus | Warped Tour, Charlotte | 2005 Headlining tour, Columbus | 2005 Headlining Tour, Ypsilanti | Headlining tour, Atlanta | Headlining tour, Canada | The Black Parade tour 2007, Atlanta | Projekt Revolution 2007, Tampa, FL | Projekt Revolution- Raleigh, NC | 2008 Tour, Chicago (Day 1) | 2008 Tour, Chicago (Day 2) | 2008 Tour, Columbus |