Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Chemical Romance to "ring in the new year" on NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly

Performances from My Chemical Romance, as well as Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne are set to air as a part of NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly special. The show will also feature an interview with U2's Bono and The Edge.

Earlier this month, My Chemical Romance fans were offered a chance to be at the taping of the MCR performance that will air, which was recorded on December 6 in NYC's Rockefeller Plaza.

The program will begin at 10 p.m. EST on December 31.




XoXo
c.


I'd like to make a note of apology for not keeping as updated as usual. My grandmother is currently very ill, and it's hard for me to keep a steady connection to the online world. Next week, I will return to my University home and things will be back on track.

For now, I still am able to update Twitter quickly. I usually post MCR news as soon as I hear about it via my @PoisonAndFire account, or my @MyChemChat account.

I hope your holidays have been great!


UPDATE: Thursday, January 6 at 7:18 a.m.

Videos of the performance were posted on the MCR site yesterday. Check them out below!



Friday, December 17, 2010

Unabridged Live Review/ Meet-And-Greet Recap: My Chemical Romance / December 15, 2010 / Chicago, IL

December 15th’s My Chemical Romance show at the House of Blues in Chicago was the first MCR show for which I have ever not lined up at least somewhat early.

I can’t say I enjoy that not-line-waiting sensation because I do so love waiting and meeting people and feeling like I’ve been through a battle to get to the front row of a crowd. Shows become war-zones and one must fight for his or her survival. However, after figuring out that my meet-and-greet with the band would take place as the doors opened for the show made me a long wait could be fruitless.

However, there were many who braved the cold and who eventually got to wait inside for that amazing chance to see MCR up-close, including Paloma Pérez, 20, who flew in from New Mexico just for the show!

The night before, my friend and I had scoped out the venue layout and asked some questions about lining up of the security staff working at the House of Blues. We were surprised to find lone Paloma waiting outside at about 9:30 p.m. (again, that’s the night before the show). Though she and her friend were eventually asked to leave the premises and had to wait in their car, Pérez would have braved the dangerous chill all night and day for the band she loves.

"They have helped me become a better person, I would say." Pérez, for whom it was her very first MCR show after years of loving the band, told me the day of the show. "When people say 'My Chemical Romance saved me--' I've never been in a bad depression or anything like that, but there have been points in my life when I've turned to music when I feel bad or when I feel like, 'No, I can't do it anymore,' and My Chemical Romance has been one of those bands because I see the lives they have lead and it's like, they've had it bad compared to me-- they've made it so big, and I can do it too. And their lyrics and music have really helped me through so much, and it's really, really special to me, and to see them live means so much to me."

I was very happy to see Paloma reach the barricade later that night as I stood near the bar waiting for my meet-and-greet. It was very nice meeting her as well as a few others throughout the day! With hope, I will see more of you when I return for MCR's show at Chicago's Aragon Entertainment Center in April!

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Speaking of that aforementioned but barely explained meet-and-greet...
(I have inserted a heading where the review portion begins if you don't care to read this part)

At 6:45 p.m., my friend and I were to meet MCR's manager outside the venue's box office to prepare for our meet-and-greet. The band's security guard (who deserves a huge, fucking medal for the way he helps kids in the pit) fetched us and took us into the concert hall where we waited for the radio station meet-and-greet winners. We narrowly avoided some extreme confusion that would have meant the radio station's kicking us out and someone having to come get us once again, then lined up behind the radio winners to meet the band.

As we waited, I met a couple people to whom I owe a huge thank-you for giving me the chance to meet the band and for being helpful: First I met a man named Dave from Warner Brothers Records who jokingly asked if I had lined up at 4 a.m. as he had been told my friend and I had previously planned. He was agape when I mentioned to him that there were people in line at 9:30 the night before. Ha-ha! Then I met MCR's lovely manager! She was extremely friendly and helpful, and I was in complete shock that she knew who I was!

My friend and I were the last two people of the group to meet the band. We filtered slowly into the small, white room into which photographers, security, us and the members of My Chemical Romance were crammed. The door opened in a way that completely blocked the MCR guys from sight at first. It was all a swirl of confusion until I stepped in and found myself suddenly extremely face-to-face with Gerard Way. I stepped back, stopped my search and realized I was standing, probably like a deer-in-headlights, before Frank Iero, Ray Toro, Gerard Way and Mikey Way, who were lined up against the wall.

"Guys, this is Cassie," MCR's manager said and they all greeted me with smiles and a "hello" as my friend said, "And I'm Emily, Cassie's guest," which made Frank chuckle.

One-by-one, we shook their hands and they each introduced themselves to us as the photographers behind us took pictures (which I still do not know where to find). I remember most clearly that Frank said "Nice to meet you, Cassie" when he shook my hand. When Mikey shook Emily's hand he told her that he liked her gloves. She said, "Cassie painted them for me. They say--" and Mikey cut her off and finished with a smile, "Jazz Hands."

After we all shook hands, I -- worried I wouldn't have much time to say anything of substance to them -- told them what I had hoped they would hear from someone ever since I re-watched their video interviews for the "Recent MCR Video Interviews" post I made last week:

"I want to say, because I've seen like 7 or 8 interviews now in which the interviewers ask you how it feels to not be making such 'dark and depressing' music anymore, that I have never talked to a single fan who has really listened to your albums and engaged with your music who could not see the hope in it."

The guys all listened very closely. I had never seen them so attentive and I was glad to have gotten the chance to say something like that to them because they all sincerely thanked me for saying it. Mikey even leaned in and quietly thanked me twice.

After that, Gerard gestured beside him and said, "You wanna get in here?," talking about a group picture, and I obeyed by standing beside him. As I was walking toward Gerard, Ray brought up my boots and the rest of the band all said that they, too, had noticed them. Gerard was like, "Yeah. I was scoping those out. They're fucking awesome." I laughed as I stood at his side, both of us looking at my boots, and told him I had finished hand-painting them only two days prior. I believe he then muttered "...fucking awesome" again. Ha-ha!

We got our picture taken and were backing out to leave when Ray asked if he could take a picture of my boots. I awkwardly tried to find a way to stand that would show the two different sides, but opted to just stand like a normal human being so he could take a picture of one of the designs. He complimented them several more times and was so nice that I was nearly blushing. No clue what he's going to do with that picture, but it's awesome to know there's a picture of my calves and feet on Ray Toro's phone!

As Ray took the picture, my friend talked to Frank, telling him that I had worked hard on the boots to which he said, "Obviously!" and then they talked about Ohio weather, apparently. Ha-ha!

The entire exchange was fast, but so pleasant and unbelievable. The MCR guys listened so closely to what my friend and I said and all appeared to be in the best of moods. They were all smiling and looked us in the eye when we spoke to them. Mikey, I noticed, especially was grinning most of the time. I got completely befuddled and forgot to ask him about the legendary time he invaded #MCRchat. I wish I had remembered!

They welcomed us humbly and graciously. The entire time, we exchanged thank-yous. One can genuinely feel that they ARE thankful for the fans.

On the way out of the room, my friend told them to "have fun!" and Frank grinned at her and said, "YOU have fun." -- I think that moment is the perfect summary of the way it felt-- so friendly with a shared sort of caring.

I thanked their manager again on the way out as their security guard lead me and Emily onto the floor. It was almost time for the first opening band by then, and -- surprisingly -- there was the tiniest gap of barricade space left on Frank's side. My friend eased her way onto it gradually through the first two opening bands and so did I! We were shocked that no one else had stood there!



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The Show Review!
(Bolded for easy skipping-ahead purposes!)


After having just met the band and with the growing anticipation to see them perform again for the first time in years, I felt my entire body start to go numb when the lights dimmed in the moments before MCR took the stage. I don't think any hassle, no matter how big, could have made me stop smiling as I yelled along to their introductory recording of Dr. Death Defying's "Look Alive, Sunshine" speech before the lights came up and the band revealed itself in an energetic mass ready to explode as it doused the audience in the pure awesome that is "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)."

The crowd surged and swirled with breakneck force to the song. Even in my little corner of the crowd where it was more sparse, I felt the wind leave my lungs in a violent burst, not only from screaming along, but from the crushing might of hundreds of fans showing their appreciation for the band they love.

The energy did not let up as the band proceeded into "Thank You For The Venom." Nostalgia raygun-blasted me straight in the face as I watched them perform the song I had come close to seriously injuring myself during from pure loving exertion in the seats of Dayton's Hara Arena for 2005's Taste of Chaos-- my very first concert.

It dawned on me in that moment that the band's newly charged-up energy is more reminiscent of those old shows than it has been in years. However, that is not to be said that they have regressed-- they have definitely improved. And their energy, if anything, has only taken what it once was and cloned itself tenfold to turn their performances into a huge monster on the prowl.

A benign, monster, that is-- with a mouthpiece who encourages fans' helping one another back up during crowd collapses, welcomes first time show-goers kindly and unabashedly praises his band. A kind, violent machine whose inner-controllers make their way across the stage just to hug one another and to smile and grin while speaking encouraging words.

There was such a brotherly and supportive feeling radiating from MCR when its members would look at one another and smile. Ray crossed the stage and spoke to Mikey and Frank and gave them both hugs. While Gerard was onstage with only James Dewees playing keyboard for "Cancer," I could see Ray watching from the side then applauding proudly at the end of the song. The visible friendship, encouragement and happiness to be playing was heartwarming. Often, bands will perform without members glancing even briefly at any of the others. It's never been that way with MCR, and their connection seemed stronger than ever at last night's show.

The House of Blues in Chicago literally shook under the excited weight of the crowd (especially during our synchronized "Planetary (GO!)" jumping). Even during the slower songs of the band's set, there was still crowd motion, and definitely raised voices singing along at full volume. We also marveled, listened and laughed between songs at things like Gerard's use of animal sounds when he howled before "House of Wolves" or made crow sounds ("CACKAW! CACKAW!") before "Mama."

I grinned proudly and happily for the band through most of the set, still amazed that I was finally seeing them again. I even found myself choking up somewhat during "The Only Hope for Me Is You," "SING," "Welcome To The Black Parade," their newly-arranged version of "The Ghost of You" and "Helena" because I was so moved by their performance and the countless lines of their songs that have spoken so loudly and clearly to me for years and at so many different stages in my life.


SET SPOILER WARNING
Many were surprised to hear the band play their Bob Dylan cover, "Desolation Row" mid-set, and I think everyone was amazed when the band closed with "The Kids From Yesterday" then came back out to perform "Vampire Money" as an encore! I know I was certainly surprised by the ending! It was perfect. The perfect ending to Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys just so happens to be the perfect ending of a live MCR show!


I do not remember their set in order. However, they played the following songs that I can remember:

“Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)”
”Thank You For The Venom”
”Planetary (GO)!”
”SING”
”Welcome To The Black Parade”
”House Of Wolves”
”The Ghost Of You”
”Mama”
”Desolation Row”
“The Only Hope for Me is You”
”Teenagers”
”I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”
”Helena”
"Cancer"
”The Kids From Yesterday”

-ENCORE-
”Vampire Money”



XoXo
c.

If I remember any other details, I will post them later!


More from the show:
Photos from the show from Time Out Chicago | Photo from nuinavariel on deviantArt in which you can see me [bottom left] | Q101 Meet-And-Greet Photos!

Monday, December 13, 2010

My Chemical Romance and Best Buy offer $4 off Purchase of 'Danger Days...'

My Chemical Romance and Best Buy are offering fans $4 off Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.

For any fans who have yet to buy the album and are looking for a discount, all you need to do is "like" My Chemical Romance on Facebook, print the .PDF Best Buy coupon that appears and present it at the store when you check out!

The offer lasts until this Wednesday, December 18.

Not sure if you want the album? Check out my track-by-track [p]review.

XoXo
c.

NOTE: the image that accompanies this post IS NOT the full coupon.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Stream My Chemical Romance's KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Performance Tomorrow, December 11

My Chemical Romance are set to perform tomorrow, December 11, at KROQ's 21st annual Almost Acoustic Christmas show in Universal City, California. However, fans who cannot attend the performance will also be able to watch the band perform through KROQ's Ustream channel.

Tune in there tomorrow at 9:25 p.m. PST (12:25 a.m. EST) to watch MCR perform live!

XoXo
c.

My Chemical Romance to perform at Spike's Video Game Awards tomorrow, December 11

Spike T.V.'s 2010 Video Game Awards will feature a performance from My Chemical Romance.

The awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Spike tomorrow at 8 p.m. EST. The award show highlights the best in video games from the past year.

My Chemical Romance's "Planetary (GO!)" from Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is featured as the lead track for the driving game Gran Turismo 5.

XoXo
c.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

In Case You Missed Them: Recent My Chemical Romance Video Interviews

My Chemical Romance have been doing many video interviews lately. A majority of them tend to cover topics I have already posted about here; so, I have not been posting them all individually. Here are some of the interviews the band has done recently to help you get caught up!

Interviews found mostly from my personal bookmarks, but also thanks to:
My Chemical Freak | You're Not In This Alone | Drinking Souls | @MCR_FANS -- for helping jog my memory!

Often, I post links to such interviews on Twitter. You can follow me at: @PoisonAndFire or @MyChemChat to keep immediately updated on these smaller things!

(Note: The 101.9 RXP interview immediately below plays automatically; so, if you hear voices and haven't pressed any buttons yet, that's why!)

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Source: 101.9 RXP
Date: Early December
Summary: 3-part interview. My Chemical Romance returns to their East Coast home turf to discuss what's going on in the band, how it feels to be home and see their families, the 2019 world in which Danger Days... exists, the possibility of the video Trans-Am going on tour with them, Twilight and their song "Vampire Money," Frances Bean Cobain and their California 2019 boxset.


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Source: Warner Music Group Germany
Date: Series Spanning November
Summary: My Chemical Romance discusses Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys track-by-track.
Part One:

Part Two | Part Three? | Part Four | Part Five

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Source: Absolute Radio
Date: November 9
Summary: Gerard and Mikey Way discuss the way misguided media coverage of The Black Parade affected their fanbase, being "the most dangerous band in the world," destroying rock, finding themselves during the making of Danger Days... and the ever-dreaded "emo" tag.


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Source: TasteiTTV
Date: November 12
Summary: Brigitte from TasteiTTV tries to delve deeper into the mind of Gerard Way, discussing finding and feeling one deserves happiness, growing up and coming full-circle to re-embrace art, not feeling like a "role-model" and the way MCR inspires people and getting fans involved in the band's art.


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Source: Musique Mag
Date: November 18
Summary: A fun, this-or-that Q&A session with Gerard and Mikey Way.

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Source: Ultimate Guitar
Date: November 22
Summary: MCR discusses what made them made them move away from their first attempt at the album, the way "Na Na Na..." turned things around, the diverseness of songs' sound and how they are connected in spirit, how the Killjoys characters are really moreso the real band members than alternate personas, experimenting with instruments and ways of playing, Mikey's bass-playing style and their overall creative process.
Article and Video here
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Source: KROQ: Kevin & Bean
Date: November 22
Summary: 3-part interview. A more laugh-filled interview. MCR discusses their scrapped album, what made them scrap it and what followed it. They also discuss previous appearances on Kevin & Bean and how they got banned from Orange, California and Russia. In the final part, the band goes through several tracks and tells the hosts more about them.

Accompanying article and two more video sections.

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Source: ArtistDirect
Date: November 22
Summary: MCR discusses The Who's influence, Danger Days... lyrics, who they would choose to direct a movie about them and freedom as a theme of their album.
Video and article here.

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Source: SPIN
Date: November 23
Summary: Fan questions and behind-the-scenes footage of My Chemical Romance's cover shoot for SPIN Magazine's December issue.
Video and article

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Source: Big Cheese Magazine
Date: November 23
Summary: Mikey Way and Frank Iero list their favorite films.


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Source: FaceCulture
Date: November 29
Summary: 4-part interview with Ray Toro. Toro discusses the first C.D. he ever bought, his short attention-span with comic books, how he met Gerard and Mikey, his pre-MCR bands, the overwhelming Black Parade tour and the band's break that followed, the limits the band placed on the album they scrapped and how "Na Na Na..." changed their direction.
Part One

Part Two | Part Three | Part Four

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Source: Kerrang!
Date: Late November
Summary: Frank Iero and Ray Toro answer fan questions and explain that they think fans should give themselves more credit for saving their own lives rather than attributing it all to My Chemical Romance. Musical influences, Mike Pedicone, advice for beginning bands, career highlights, playing for an NFL game at Wembley. Gerard and Mikey Way: Gerard's fascination with JFK, musicians who influence them, rarest comic in their collections
Part One:

Part Two

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Source: Shockhound
Date: Late November
Summary: The story behind Danger Days... intermixed with clips of Dr. Death Defying's album Transmission. The band also discusses their homestate of New Jersey compared to California.


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Source: NME T.V.
Date: Late November
Summary: 3-video series. My Chemical Romance discuss the names of their rayguns and how they became their Killjoy character names, the significance of their Trans-Am in relation to Danger Days..., rewriting the album, having fun with it and expanding their record artistically.

Part Two | Part Three

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Source: MTV Push Artist of the Week Series
Date: Late November/ Early December
Summary: Answering fan questions about the band's favorite song, which was the hardest to write, Killjoy names, the possibility of a Danger Days television-show and the point of the Transmissions.

More PUSH Artist videos here, including live performances and behind-the-scenes of "SING." More MTV News videos can be found on their My Chemical Romance's MTV artist page.

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Source: All The Rage TV
Date: December 2
Summary: Ray Toro and Frank Iero discuss the "walls" the band "put up" for their first attempt at the album and how Rob Cavallo and "Na Na Na..." changed their direction. Iero discusses the "setting and characters" of the album but explains how it is not a concept album. He also discusses their "Desolation Row" cover and the Watchmen film. They discuss their best memories and milestones, their pre-show rituals and strange things thrown onstage. Intermixed with music video and performance clips.

My Chemical Romance interview (All The Rage Tv) from ATRTV on Vimeo.


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Source: Fox All Access
Date: December 2
Summary: Fox All Access talks to My Chemical Romance for the first time. MCR discusses rebelling not against themselves but against their first attempt at the new album and not playing characters.

Accompanying article

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Source: Yahoo! Music
Date: December 2
Summary: MCR discusses what took them so long to record the new album, what made them want to make a "safe" album before Danger Days..., the celebratory nature of their new album, misrepresentations of The Black Parade, expanding the hope from their previous albums, the "high concept" and title of Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, what a movie to accompany the album would be like and their fan's reaction to their comeback after so many years.


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Source: Billboard.com
Date: December 2
Summary: My Chemical Romance answer fan questions from Twitter. Was streamed live on December 2. Better Living Industries, advice to get through high school and advice for fans starting a band.
Part One:

Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five

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Source: The BBC's 5:19 Show
Date: December 3
Summary: Discussing the meaning of "Na Na Na...," the influence of comic books, and what the hell a "gupaline" is.


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Source: The Voice (Finland)
Date: December 6
Summary: Gerard and Frank talk about their World Contamination Tour in Europe, becoming better through their music, ways they can show the fans their Killjoys costumes and enhance the visuals when they tour without playing characters, the many layers of Danger Days... and the fact that the Killjoys comic is very different from the album and that the characters in it are not the band members.
Interview here.

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Source: AOL Music
Date: December 8
Summary: Gerard, Mikey and Ray discuss the notion of a "high concept," being true to themselves and not needing characters, what they feel when they listen to their album, the idea of an MCR movie and being driven by art.

Accompanying article from Spinner.com

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XoXo
c.

Monday, December 6, 2010

My Chemical Romance Live Q&A with Billboard.com December 2

UPDATE: December 6 @ 5:44 p.m. EST

Billboard has now posted the archived footage from their My Chemical Romance Q&A:

Part One:


Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five

In addition to these videos, fans can also see Billboard's behind-the-scenes footage from the interview by downloading the AT&T Code Scanner App and following the instructions at the top of this article.

Billboard is also giving fans a chance to win an issue of Billboard magazine signed by the members of MCR. To enter, you must post the following exactly as-is on Twitter:

RT @billboarddotcom Here's my entry to win an issue of Billboard Mag signed by @MCROfficial! #bbmcr

Good luck!!


Original Post from December 1 @ 2:30 p.m. EST

Tomorrow, December 2, at 5:30 p.m. EST Billboard.com will broadcast a live Q&A session with My Chemical Romance. Fans can submit questions for the Q&A by sending them to @billboarddotcom on Twitter and adding the hashtag #bbmcr!

Tune in to watch the half-hour-long Q&A live tomorrow on Billboard.com or on MyChemicalRomance.com.


XoXo
c.

My Chemical Romance Announce 2011 European World Contamination Tour Dates

Following the U.K. run of their 2011 World Contamination Tour, My Chemical Romance is set to tour Europe's mainland.

The European dates were announced on the band's website today, and are as follows:

Sat, February 26 - Tilburg, Netherlands @ O13
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Sun, February 27 - Cologne, Germany @ Palladium
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Tue, March 1 - Paris, France @ Le Casino de Paris
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Thurs, March 3 - Toulouse, France @ Le Bikini
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Sat, March 5 - Barcelona, Spain @ Sant Jordi Club
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Mon, March 7 - Milan, Italy @ Palasharp
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Tue, March 8 - Zürich, Switzerland @ Kemplex 457
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Wed, March 9 - Munich, Germany @ Kesselhaus
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Mon, March 14 - Hamburg, Germany @ Grosse Freiheit
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Tue, March 15 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ KB Hallen
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Wed, March 16 - Oslo, Norway @ Spektrum
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Fri, March 18 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Hovet
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Sun, March 20 - Helskinki, Finland @ Hartwell Areena
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Visit the Tour page of MCR's website for more information.

Tickets go on-sale:
December 10 - General sale for most dates
December 13 - Stockholm and Helsinki
December 15 - Barcelona

XoXo
c.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cassie The Venomous [Dot] Com

Hello, readers!

I just wanted to check in with a little site change! It's actually not going to affect you or the blog too much, but if you'll look up a little bit, you'll see that whereas you may have seen http://venomousformaldehyde.blogspot.com before, you now see http://cassiethevenomous.com.

I've been wanting to change my URL for a while to make it easier for you guys to find the site and to make it look better on those dreaded resumes and internship applications I will be filling out soon. I noticed that many of you started calling me "Cassie The Venomous," and thus- CassieTheVenomous.com is where you will now find this blog!

No worries. All the old, familiar content is still here, and you can still find my blog under its old name.

There are a couple bugs when you use venomousformaldehyde.blogspot.com, such as the Twitter feed at the top's not showing up and the reader list not showing up on the side, but it's not so bad.

Thanks again for reading! I'm sure I'll have some MCR news for you soon!

XoXo
c.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Chemical Romance 2011 United Kingdom Tour Dates

My Chemical Romance have announced 8 February dates for their upcoming U.K. arena tour.

The dates listed are as follows:

Sat, February 12 - London, U.K. @ Wembley Arena
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Sun, February 13 - Birmingham, U.K. @ LG Arena, National Exhibition Center
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Tue, February 15 - Glasgow, U.K. @ Scottish Exhibition & Conference Center
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Wed, February 16 - Dublin, I.E. @ The O2
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Fri, February 18 - Manchester, U.K. @ Manchester Evening News Arena
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Sat, February 19 - Nottingham, U.K. @ Trent FM Arena
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Mon, February 21 - Cardiff, U.K. @ Cardiff International Arena
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Tue, February 22 - Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. @ Metro Radio Arena
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My Chemical Romance played several European dates in October and November of this year already and have also announced 2011 dates for Japan and for North America.

Are you going to any of the shows?

XoXo
c.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Video: My Chemical Romance Discuss 'Danger Days...' Track-By-Track

My Chemical Romance 2011 Japanese Tour dates!

According to the Creativeman Productions website, My Chemical Romance are set to tour Japan in February, 2011.

The dates listed are as follows:

Monday, January 31 - Osaka @ Osaka-Jo Hall

Wednesday, February 2 - Aichi @ Prefectural Gymnasium

Saturday, February 5 - Tokyo @ Yokohama Arena

Sunday, February 6 - Tokyo @ Yokohama Arena

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Tickets are set to go onsale December 25.

For more information, check out this Creativeman Productions page and scroll down a bit.

XoXo
c.

Thanks for the heads-up on this information @MCRmyUnited.

Friday, November 26, 2010

My Chemical Romance to Play Private NYC show November 30! Your Chances to Win Tickets

My Chemical Romance are set to play P.C. Richard & Son Theater in New York City on November 30.

According to iHeartRadio, the show is invite-only, but there are several contests you can enter for a chance to go!

Here are some of your options:

MyChemicalFrak Contest

CultureMob Contest

My Free Concert Contest (Thanks for the information, Jillian)

P.C. Richard & Son Theater Contest

iHeartRadio Contest

MOG Contest


Only 200 people will be able to go to the show and, as the contest page for the venue reminds, "The only way to get into this event is to win your way in." Good luck to everyone who enters!

XoXo
c.

Monday, November 22, 2010

'Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys' - My Chemical Romance OUT NOW! [A look back at the Journey]

Looking for a review?
My Danger Days... album review from the California listening party on November 9.

It's been more than 4 years since The Black Parade, and we made it! I am absolutely, heart-stranglingly proud to support My Chemical Romance and to have been able to write about the creation of this masterpiece through every step, misstep, stumble and take-off leading to today's beautiful apex! Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys is out now!

Danger Days: The Creation as told through my blog...

I guess the lead-up to today's release kind of started in early 2009 with the release of "Desolation Row" for Watchmen. After the men of MCR had been on a break since Spring of 2008, fans were able to get a brief glimpse of them immersed in the comic world the band has always so loved.

Within a month, reports were coming out that MCR were officially writing the new album, then suddenly they were doing interviews with MTV about their stripped-back new material, then - BAM - all of the sudden MCR was going to be playing Summer Sonic by August of 2009?! Whoa!

By May, the band had announced that they were recording with producer Brendan O'Brien, which would all change by the end of the journey, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Then suddenly this was happening:


By July, MCR seemed to be back in full-force with two small shows announced at The Roxy leading up to Summer Sonic. It was at those Roxy shows that fans first heard what the new My Chemical Romance could sound like on their upcoming album with then "Death Before Disco," "The Drugs" and "Hail to the King." Oh, and Gerard also announced his upcoming True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys comic in July.

Fast forward to October 2009, when the band first announced they had finished tracking.

By November, the press was hot on this new MCR for which we had all been biting our nails in anticipation. Ray Toro was teasing us to death with track descriptions. The band even appeared on the cover of Alternative Press' Most Anticipated issue, spilling about their album of "self-protest." With all the buzz surrounding the album and talk about Trans-Ams and Blade Runner, fans assumed a seemingly sci-fi straight-up Rock 'N Roll album would be coming their way... and soon.

In early 2010, the band spoke of the album's being a "breath of fresh air" for fans and talked about the urges to "fucking rock" and "escape" in the context of their new tunes.

Around March, fans received two pretty sharp blows. First with the cancellation of the band's Sound Wave Festival appearance, then with the news of long-time drummer Bob Bryar's departure from the band. However, the bad news didn't last long; as, the guys soon announced that they were working on what they called "the new shit god-dammit" and had written, over the past year, 2-and-a-half album's worth of material (I even began documenting all of the known titles of songs. There are plenty). Before we knew it, they were in the "exciting final phase" of recording.

In the midst of this of this finalization of recording, Gerard appeared on the cover of Nylon Guys, and the article revealed that the band had switched to producer Rob Cavallo for the final take of their new album, and Frank Iero's limited edition prints of MCR's recording process started coming out.

In July, everything finally started to become a reality when Warner Music Group tweeted that MCR's album was set for a Fall 2010 released and when Gerard announced the album's completion at Comic-Con!

Then came the mindfuckery! Suddenly, there were shirts with rayguns and space squids popping up everywhere one looked. Gerard tweeted "Look Alive, sunshine...", and - WHAT?! - Why on earth does MCR need a little girl and a man who looks like a lady?

I think all fans are pretty well familiar with what September 2010 brought: Transmissions came first, mind-boggling all of us with its static, beeping and "A Horse With No Name" on KLSK. Soon, Twitter was crawling with many crazy beings like Dr. Death Defying, NewsAGoGo and Agent Cherri Cola who were, somehow, related to MCR. We were baffled, but it would all soon be become much clearer with...



Fans soon came to find that MCR had scrapped the entire first take of the album and that Gerard, after having retreated to the desert, came back to his bandmates with the idea for the Killjoys world and a new direction. The new material is a protest of what they had become by setting boundaries for their art on the first attempt at the album. At last, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys was solid and fans could grasp exactly what was going on.

Between September and now is such recent history that I'm sure all of the fans are pretty well familiar with it, but if you would like to look back at how I've documented the 2010 MCR explosion, feel free to:

September | October | November

With the European leg of their "World Contamination Tour" behind them and a North American one set for the Fall, My Chemical Romance are getting busy, Dangerously so, and I promise to keep you updated through it all!

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Danger Days, it seems like it's been a lifetime, but the wait is over today! Buy yourself a copy, buy a copy for your friend, Make your mom buy you a copy, play it for your Mom! Blow this album sky high; because, MCR absolutely deserves it.

Today, we are attempting to trend #DangerDays on Twitter. If you have an account, contribute by tagging your posts, please?!

XoXo
c.

Be sure to watch the Live Stream of MCR's album release show tonight on MTV.com!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My Chemical Romance launch Better Living Industries Website

UPDATE (November 24 @ 11:42 p.m. EST):

I see that there's not much information about BLI out there and a lot of you are finding what you can here. I am pasting the following here from a more extensive informational post I have made about the Killjoys world. I hope this will help:

What is Better Living Industries?

Better Living Industries (Also known as BLI, BL/ind, or BL industries) is the corporation that controls Battery City. The corporation strives to bring about structure in a post-apocalyptic world. It is known for producing emotion-eliminating medications as well as every other manufactured product one can acquire in 2019.

BLI crosses over from the Killjoys world and into real life. The made-up corporation has its own  web site with products that you can actually purchase, a mission statement and a "Zone Report" in both Japanese and English.  Also, MCR takes it a step further by having changed the name under which their music is published to "Better Living Industries Music," which you can see in the liner notes of Danger Days.... BLI also overtakes the edited version of Danger Days..., whiting out the internal album art, taking away the lyrics and putting its smiling face logo (above right) all over it. The Danger Days: California 2019 Edition box set is packaged in a BLI box and the 3-song The Mad Gear & Missile Kid E.P. that comes with it is printed on a disc made to look like a BLI brand CD-R.

Check out some BL/ind commercials and "Fact News" reports.

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ORIGINAL POST (November 18 at 1:48 A.M. EST):

The plot thickens, motorbabies.

As if mysterious transmissions and strange Twitter characters blasting at us from every angle were not enough to immerse My Chemical Romance fans in the world of The Fabulous Killjoys, there is now a website for Better Living Industries. The BL/ind site features a mission statement, a report from the Zones and even a merchandise store where you can buy your own BL/ind gear that is sure to make you fit right in with the monochromatic scenery of Battery City.

The launch of the site follows the premier of the band's video for "SING," which - if you're still lost on what BL/ind is - can explain it pretty well:



Whose side are you on?

XoXo
c.

UPDATE: A site showed up for Dead Pegasus Oil before the BL/ind one. There is still no solid evidence that it is either official or unofficial.

MTV Premiers My Chemical Romance's "SING" Video

The video for "SING" is now up on MTV.com.

Check it out:


UPDATE:
The video is now on Youtube in higher quality:


XoXo
c.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My Chemical Romance premier 'Danger Days...' in hour-long Video Transmission

Watch and listen as Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys's narrator Dr. Death Defying leads you through My Chemical Romance's new album.



Danger Days... is set for release November 22!

Check out my track-by-track album review and let me know what YOU think of the album!

XoXo
c.

Monday, November 15, 2010

MTV Sneak Peek at My Chemical Romance's "SING" Video

MTV.com has posted a preview clip of My Chemical Romance's upcoming video for "SING."


The "SING" video will premier in its entirety on MTV Thursday, November 18 at 7:56 p.m. EST.

Remember that there is a fan project to make November 19 "SING iTunes Day!"

XoXo
c.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

New My Chemical Romance Youtube Playlist, Hear a Clip From "Bulletproof Heart"

A 7-part playlist featuring "snipes" promoting My Chemical Romance's upcoming album, Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys has been added to the MCR Youtube channel.

Whose side are you on? Killjoys or Better Living Industries?

Hear a 10-second audio clip from "Bulletproof Heart" in the Girl's video:



Check out my track-by-track review of Danger Days...

XoXo
c.

Friday, November 12, 2010

November 19: "SING" iTunes Day Project!

My Chemical Romance Spain, with planning help from Warner Music Spain, has launched a project for MCR fans worldwide, encouraging them to purchase "SING" on iTunes November 19.

The project, if many fans comply with it, will allow "SING" a higher ranking on the iTunes charts the day after its video premier!

MCRmy Killjoys, will you participate in this mission?

Here are some banners from MCR Spain you can use to spread the word:









XoXo
c.

My Chemical Romance Holiday Radio Shows

UPDATED November 15 @ 1:50 p.m. EST!

When My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero hinted to Los Angeles' 98.7 FM in September that the band hoped to do some small radio shows throughout the U.S., he wasn't messing around.

With December shows now spanning from Florida to New York and through the Midwest to California, it's becoming hard to keep up with all of the holiday radio-sponsored show news. Here is a list of what has been announced so far


December 3 - 101.9 RXP Yule Rock Holiday Concert Show - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
[Buy tickets here! Presale Passcode: 1019RXP]

December 5 - 97X Next Big Thing Festival - Tampa, FL @ 1-800-ASK-GARY Ampitheatre
[More information here!]

December 8 - The Night the Buzz Stole XXmas - Kansas City, MO @ The Midland by AMC
[Tickets onsale Friday, November 5 here!]

December 10 - LIVE 105'S NOT SO SILENT NIGHT - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
[Tickets onsale Saturday, November 6 here!]

 **NEW
December 11 - KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas - Universal City, CA @ Gibson Ampitheatre
[More information here!]

December 12 - 91x Wrex the Halls - San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, San Diego State University
[Buy tickets here! Presale Code: 91XWREX]

December 14 - KPNT 105.7 The Point Welcomes My Chemical Romance - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
[Tickets here!]

December 15 - Q101's Twisted 2010 presents My Chemical Romance - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
[More information here!]

**NEW
December 17 - The Night 89X Stole Chistmas - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
[Tickets here!]

December 18 - The Edge Jingle Bell Rock 2010 - Toronto, ON (Canada) @ Sound Academy
[Tickets onsale Friday, November 5 here!]

Keep your eyes open for more of these radio shows! I'll certainly be watching!

XoXo
c.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Chemical Romance to Premier Album Online November 16

According to an official blog post from My Chemical Romance, the band will premier Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys online November 16 at noon PST.

The premier will be in video format and hosted by the album's narrator, Dr. Death Defying.

Check out what I thought of the album before you hear it in my track-by-track album review!

Trust me, you're going to want to tune in for Dr. Death's transmission!

XoXo
c.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Stream My Chemical Romance's Album Release Show

MTV.com has announced that they will be streaming My Chemical Romance's November 22 album release show in Hollywood so that fans even thousands of miles away to experience it!

"Live In L.A.: My Chemical Romance" is set to go live on the MTV website at 10 p.m. EST.

In addition to the record release show stream, MTV also mentioned that My Chemical Romance's "SING" video will premier at 7:56 p.m. EST, November 18 on MTV and MTV.com.

Furthermore, starting November 29, MCR is set to be MTV's featured PUSH artist and will "take over MTV and MTV.com."

XoXo
c.

Track-By-Track Album Review: 'Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys' - My Chemical Romance

First of all, I want to preface this review with a huge thank you to Warner Brothers Records for being so kind as to fly me and Brandi from My Chemical Freak to California for the listening party. I can't thank you enough for inviting me to be a part of this event!

That having been said... Do you have your rayguns ready, motherfuckers? Get in the car. Quick.




My Chemical Romance
Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys
Warner Brothers/Reprise
November 22, 2010










Track-by-track

1. “Look Alive, Sunshine”
The introduction to the album and the first time the listener hears narrator Dr. Death Defying's smooth Zone jargon. “Look Alive…” is exactly what you hear at the beginning of the “Na Na Na…” video, and – as you know if you have seen it – the two tracks blend perfectly.

2. “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)”
The first single from the album and a song that many of you have probably already heard. I, having heard it in the context of the rest of the album, can safely say that the song is, along with “Look Alive, Sunshine,” a perfect introduction to the Killjoys and their world.



3. “Bulletproof Heart”
Starting slow and simple with vocal harmonies to die for, “Bulletproof…” sounds almost like a song that could be in a production of “My Chemical Romance: The Musical” as the triumphant theme-song for united runaways.

The verses have a youthful bounce that sounds almost sweet or precocious, which induced smiles and head-nodding among the listening party crowd. The chorus, like a gust of furious, passionate wind hits, and I mean literally hits the listener. Through the chorus and until the safe landing on side of the next verse, the listener is soaring, windswept by its powerful melody and lyrics:

“Gravity/ Don’t mean too much to me/ I’m who I’ve got to be/ These pigs are after me, after you...”

The lyrics speak of the newspaper pleas for the missing Jenny and Johnny, characters Gerard had mentioned in interviews when the song was still titled “Trans-Am,” to come back home.

The mood of the song is that of carefree escape and a fight to survive for those who “do [their] talking with [their] laser beams.”

4. "SING"
The album's second single that delivers, with a quiet intensity through the verses and a bright illumination of a chorus, a message for the listener to express his or her self.

The video for "SING" will debut on MTV circa 7:50 EST on November 18.

5. “Planetary (GO!)”
The song starts with sirens, a clear-cut sign that shit’s about to go down in the Zones. Gerard Way’s opening vocals are hushed and intense, perhaps indicating quiet planning to run from the law force those sirens are summoning. With plans in line and rayguns at the ready, the song bursts out and the running begins with heavy synth and a dance beat.

The lyrics of the song are framed almost as an advertisement for things like “truth” at the beginning before they turn to defiance and running, a thing it seems the Killjoys must always do.

It’s as if My Chemical Romance is reclaiming the notion of the party and making it dangerous, dancing into it with violence, turning up the volume and saying something along the lines of: “Hey, you think I’m a drag? Deal with it, motherfucker!” The same notion can also be heard on "Party Poison."

"Planetary (GO!)" is mind-numbingly FUN, which may seem like a scary thing, but if you know you can never go home and you know someone will always be chasing after you, why not celebrate for the time you have, right?

6. “The Only Hope For Me Is You”
The second taste fans got of Danger Days.... "The Only Hope for me Is You" leads the listener through destruction and toward hope.

7. “Jet-Star and The Kobra Kid/Traffic Report”
Here’s Dr. Death Defying again, but this time his purpose is not to get us pumped for an adventure. He’s returning with “bad news from the zones, Tumbleweeds.”

8. “Party Poison”
The renamed, jazzed-up version of the song fans knew from The Roxy shows as “Death Before Disco.” It is hard to tell how it changed from the shows because, as I have come to find, the live versions of these songs – though awesome – do not justify how multi-dimensional and jaw-droppingly impressive they all actually are.

The song starts with the frantic and excited-sounding voice of a woman speaking Japanese. The sound of heavy, dirty guitars seem to sweep the voice of the woman away into MCR’s loud-and-proud “anti-party” party song.

Where the song differs from the “Death Before Disco” version can be heard in a few beginning vocal rhythms that stray enough from the expected to get one’s attention. There’s also a sweet, mini guitar solo thrown in at the beginning. “Party Poison” is a potent substance, enough to kill all parties.

9. “Save Yourself, I’ll Hold Them Back”
"Save Yourself..." is among several songs on the album that become a sort of uniting force for the "gang" in the Zones as well as for My Chemical Romance and the band's fans.

It sounds as if it could have come from the 1980's at parts, and - as a few fans pointed out - sounds almost Bon Jovi-esque, but it's updated from that sound, MCR-ified and turned brand new.
Dowload it for free! (Legally, of course)

10. “S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W”
As far as concept goes, "S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W" is probably the most “in-character” song on the album, and it also incorporates the most effects, it seems, with a sort of piercing, watery fog covering it.

The song, at its start sounds deceptively like “I Don’t Love You” with more piercing guitars. It sets the mood of the Killjoys’ world with lines like “Blow a kiss at the methane skies” and mentions of having “playground eyes.” It’s like a shrieking lullaby for nightfall in The Zones, warning the Killjoys to find somewhere to retreat to hide from the S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W.

11. “Summertime”
A slow, soft love song for the runaways. The track's positioning next to "DESTROYA," makes it seem almost utterly ridiculously tame and slow in comparison. However, it also emphasizes exactly how tremendously the songs of Danger Days can fluctuate in style through the album.

“Summertime” is a befitting title. From the start, the music of this song seems to connote summer. It's easy to picture sunny driving weather and windows down with this song playing. The synth in it has almost a shining sound reminiscent of sun on water.

The vocal delivery of the song made it a bit hard to decipher the lyrics, but the chorus ends with: “You can run away with me/ Any time you want.”

12. DESTROYA
When Gerard mentioned to a crowd on the U.K. tour that the song had a tribal beat, he meant actual tribal drums, which are what start this shocking number.

Absolutely heavy and utterly annihilating, "DESTROYA" raises questions about faith and superstition delivered as something between sexual aggression and straight-up rage. I’ve come to call the combination a “ragephrodisiac.”

Tribal percussion paired with rough and angry guitars mix the animalistic and rowdy cocktail for explosions and, well, destruction. "DESTROYA" is a feral call from a wild world. It really makes you want to slap Guns 'N Roses in the face for giving you such a poor welcoming to the jungle so many years ago. No exaggeration or hyperbolic MCR fan speak on that, either. I mean the Hell out of it.

13. “The Kids From Yesterday”
You think you know but you have no idea. My Chemical Romance was excited to play “The Kids From Yesterday” at their U.K. comeback shows, and I’m sure it was great live, and the videos of it are wonderful, but they lack much of what the recorded song provides.

A looping clip of screaming kids opens, infiltrates through, and closes the song and there are so many effects that one may have missed from merely seeing the live version.

The song exemplifies MCR’s progress as a band and how much they put into each piece of art they release, especially with the lyric “This could be the last of all the rides we take. So, hold on tight and don’t look back."

At the end, "...Kids..." pulls a "Drowning Lessons" and reprises briefly.

14. “Goodnite, Dr. Death”
Dr. Death Defying signs off for the album, reminding us to always keep running. Even if you manage to get yourself “dusted” along your journey through the Zones, “your shadow lives on without you.” Dr. Death signs off with the Star Spangled Banner, which ends with a bang that rippled the huge speakers in the room where the listening party was held and caused some degree of exclamation from us.

15. Vampire Money
“3, 2, 1/ We came to fuck!!” Gerard introduces each band member to start the song, which rips, with absolute filth, through raw, Punk murderous-ness. And it’s not a typical modern imitation of the Punk that so many have deemed dead. It’s as if My Chemical Romance, dirty, young, careless and hellbent on destroying the world, traveled back in time to open for the Ramones and brought the future with them to the stage.

The gritty solo in "Vampire Money," the whole song in fact, sounds like someone took something simple, a formula for Punk song with hand-claps, rhythmic up-shouts and other staples, and scribbled all over it and ripped and frayed it until it was perfect.

It’s a Trans-Am peel-out of Zone 5 proportions that will kick you straight in the teeth and leave you for dead. As art should. It’s the perfect way to end an amazing adventure and come back to 2010.

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The resounding themes of the album seem to be: living and creating to the fullest without regard for the consequences ("the aftermath is secondary"), defending yourself, uniting in pursuit of something, freedom, explosions and bad-assery. There are far more slow songs on the album than many had anticipated. However, the slow ones have as much power as the fast to grab the listener and strangle them to attention with the force of Kobra Kid’s Draculoid-dusting power glove.

Though the Killjoys concept is heavy, ‘Danger Days…’ is the most straightforward My Chemical Romance album, and could possibly be the one that will remove from the band, along with its fans, the marks misinterpretation have left on us all.

And so, my Dust Kittens, concludes my review. If you have any questions about the album that you are dying to have answered, leave them in the comments, and I will be happy to respond!

PS: Living without "DESTROYA" and "Vampire Money" for the next couple weeks may make me lose my mind.


XoXo
c.

More perspectives:
Buzznet photos | Fellow Killjoy Irene's review | Buzznet Album Review | My Chemical Freak review | Brandi from MCFreak's trip re-cap

Pictures from my trip

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Get a Taste of My Chemical Romance's 'Danger Days...' RIGHT HERE Next Week!

My dearest fellow Killjoys:

I am absolutely THRILLED to announce that, thanks to the wonderful people at Warner Brothers Records, your raygunslinging narrator will be flying to California next week to listen to My Chemical Romance's Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys!!

I, along with a small group of fellow fans who won a contest and another MCR fansite-owner, will be attending the November 9 listening party for Danger Days..., and I will post a full written preview of the album here afterward!

I have been dying to announce this since I found out! I can't wait to give you guys a closer look at the album upon my return from California!

Also, I really want to thank all of my Twitter followers, #MCRchat Rats (Heh, I like that) and blog followers for your continuing readership and support. I promise not to let you guys down with this preview!

XoXo
c.

Is this real life?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"SING," new My Chemical Romance song Video Trailer and Audio

Check out the video trailer for My Chemical Romance's new song "SING" below.



You can hear the song in its entirety:

Find more artists like My Chemical Romance at Myspace Music

Buy "SING" on iTunes!

The full video is set to premier November 18 at midnight EST on VH1.com and MTV.com

-EDIT at 9:45 p.m. EST, November 10-
MTV.com has announced that the video will actually go live on their site at 7:56 p.m. EST!



XoXo
c.