Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus to headline Cleveland Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour stop

Journeys has announced via twitter that The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are to headline the Cleveland stop of the 2010 Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour. Also playing the show are my friends in Springfield, Ohio's own Callahan.

Also announced are Forever the Sickest Kids, who will be playing the Dallas stop of the tour.

The Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour is an annual event that features performances from musical artists as well as displays of action sports. Oh, and did I mention it's free. Yea, that's pretty cool.

Check out The Journeys Backyard BBQ at these locations/dates:

Sacramento, CA - May 8
Dallas, TX - May 15
Cleveland, OH - May 22
Boston, Mass. - May 29
Nashville, TN - June 5


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Classic MCR Live Review: 2008 Theatre Tour | 4-17-08 | Chicago, IL

The 12th installment of my 14-part MCR concert reviews series.

My Chemical Romance, Billy Talent, Drive By and David Costa at the Congress Theater in Chicago.

This review was written at the time of the show and has received only light editing.


It is April 16th, 2008, and I'm at school staring at the clock all day, just waiting for the moment the final bell will ring so that I can hurry home with Emily, meet Joey and we can head off to the Windy City...

So much terrible luck has slapped me in the face just before the trip that I can hardly believe we were actually going, and I know at this point that MCR shows are the best therapy...

We headed out that day, drove through the vast savanna that is Indiana and finally found civilization in the Chicago skyline at night. Somewhere in the midst of our drive, the clock had turned back; so, we were a bit more tired than the early world around us when we arrived at the City Suites Hotel and got settled in.

First of all, let me tell you that I love almost everything about Chicago- the pace, the grime, the tiny hotel room, the FUCKING CITY, dude. I'm pretty sure that I will live there one day.

So, we were in for the night, watched "The Legend of Old Gregg," then went to sleep, me with my alarm set for 4:30 a.m.

Before that alarm had even sounded, I was awake, dressed and lying in bed waiting for an excuse to wake everyone up. Sadly, it was long after 4:30 when everyone finally woke up; then, my mom delayed us even more by making us wait for her to finish her bath because she decided she was going to drive us to the Congress Theatre that morning.

It was ridiculous. We got lost on the way and didn't get there until around 9:00 a.m., which is a crazy hour to arrive at an MCR show these days. We were about 40th in line, I'd say, and we knew we had no chance of being in the front, but I could deal with that for the day, since we were to see the show the next day as wekk.

The line-wait was pretty fun. We met a couple girls from Iowa, and a lovely girl named Harriet from the UK, who was AWESOME! We all stood in this strange little nook that Emily and I decided to call "the grinder." It provided us a tiny bit of shade from what was to become a very vibrant sun around noon.

The annoying thing is that we had to walk about 4 blocks to go to the bathroom at Dunkin Donuts where they made us buy their shitty coffee or something every time.

Eventually, we ended up walking farther to a gas-station. I didn't mind walking so much: I loved seeing all the dirty, condemned-ass buildings.

So, anyway- we waited and waited, staring at the
store across from us, that we called the "disco store" until we realized the next day that it actually said "discount."

At about 4:45 p.m., everyone stood up and the line started moving forward. People from the end started jumping in front of the people at the beginning. Screaming and pushing ensued, and we ended up in the lobby in one gigantic mass, nowhere near where any of us were before in line, and with even more people pushing their way through. Everyone was so compact and tense, and - as an entity - we lurched and swayed, ominous of what was to come when, almost an hour later, they released us.

The mob took off at a dead run, and, as we moved, I could literally hear the thuds of bodies hitting the ground and cries coming from all sides of me. I clung to my friends for dear life (Harriet in front of me, Emily by her, Joey behind me, and our Iowa friends at our other side) as we were pushed through the hall to the end of it, where we came to a single open door the size of a normal house-entrance. That door was only open because the girl who got there first shoved the security guard out of the way and seriously KICKED IN the door. So, we started exploding through the door, getting stuck for a moment, then bursting forth. Somewhere in the midst of it someone or something had struck me in the eye, which would result in a sore cheek for a few weeks following. Anyway, I finally burst through the door because of the pressure behind me, lost Joey and took off running to the floor to avoid being trampled, spotted Emily and Harriet and crashed in beside them in about the fifth row of people. I looked behind me in a panic for Joey, finally spotted him and waved him to us.

We survived.

From where we were, it was quite hard to see, but I could see bits and pieces of


The Chicago crowd had the special treat of his opening. I must say, I'm not into much rap-driven stuff, but David Costa really impressed me. The energy of the set was great, and everyone was pretty into it. The only issue I had was the sound in the venue- the bass was a killer, dude, and not in a good way. Anyway, David Costa = decent ownage.

Drive By came next, and having not really heard much from them, I didn't know what to expect, but they too were impressive. I still want, but haven't gotten any of their CDs. There are a couple songs I can remember. One sounded like the singer was saying, "You're boring!" a lot, another was the "I'm stuck in America..." one. I really liked them, for sure.

Billy Fucking Talent! I had never really listened to these guys before, either, which is a Damn!Shame; because, I love them now. They came out playing the intro of "This is How it Goes," which has to be some of the most exciting music ever- it just got everyone super-hyped, and their set was absolutely relentless as far as energy. All the songs were catchy and caused a plethora of epic movement among we crowdians. They were Awesome! I remember thinking, because of the singer's voice and the catchiness and quickness of their songs, that a good description for them would be "Chuck-E-Cheese-Core." Yea, I mean that in the absolute best way possible.

"When MCR comes out, do me a favor and ask them who beat their asses at Wirly Ball today."

By the time MCR were about to come on, we had had our fair share of crowd experiences, including one where a woman had brought her LITTLE kids into the crowd and they were taken out, and the mother was told they wouldn't be able to sit in front of the barricade and security fought with her, then the lady next to her (who was next to us) fought with her. It was CRAZY.

We had already helped a crazy amount of kids out of the crowd and the most brutal part of the show had yet to come.

Needless to say, we were a little exhausted, but I wasn't going to get out of the crowd at the front until I absolutely had to.

So, then came My Chemical Romance.

They came out to the flashing and movement of lights and this the FUCKING THEME FROM KARATE KID, which seemed extremely suitable for "Diva!Gerard, the hip-swayer." Taha! I can't remember the set exactly, but I think they opened with "This is How I Disappear," which is starting the show off with a bang! The crowd was wild, and we were moving so much that I could hardly see stage; so, we stayed where we were for a few songs, then moved to the back of the crowd.

I think I mentioned in my review of the Columbus MCR show in 2005 how strange I think the back-of-the-crowd demographic is. People dressed up, ladies actually holding their purses, space between people, people actually drinking with straws and everything. It's so strange a place to be and so strange are the strangers you're among at the back of the crowd- and so far are you from the stage, but you can see!

So, the whole seeing thing is what attracted us to that strange back-wasteland where we were the only ones moving practically and got stares and amused grins for it. I think I almost knocked the lady in front of me down a few times, because I was jumping so hard and was on a slope. I was a good girl and kept my space, but I could hardly contain myself when THEY PLAYED ALL THREE B-SIDES! Soooo exciting!
I really can't remember the set now, but I know that it was epic. I started crying like crazy during "Famous Last Words" and during "Kill all Your Friends" when Gerard sang the "you'll never take me alive" part and instructed everyone to put their middle fingers in the air: "And if that's not e-fucking-nough put 'em both up!" Trust me, both of mine were up!

Memorable moments:

- Gerard announced to the crowd that the next MCR CD would consist of "fucking cowboy songs!" and then sang "Home, home on the Range"

- People were throwing shoes, and Gerard was all, "I don't need ya shoes. I got my own shoes *kicks up foot* I got shoes and shoes and shoes..."

- "HEADFIRST FOR HALOS"!!! I hadn't heard them play anything from "….Bullets" since 2005, I believe; so, I lost my shit when they started to play it. I was really bummed in the middle, though, because they stopped the song before the hand-claps. I was like, "whoa, wait- where's the rest of it?" Then, I realized there was some sort of track thing skipping in the background- that sounded sort of like an interview clip, then Gerard counted off and the music started back up and they finished the song. Ah, it was great!

- Gerard's after "Mama" quote- "I don't care how much it costs. I don't want one, not two; I want them all. I don't care how much it costs." LOL. Everyone was like, "What the hell?"

-This little boy, who had to be about 8-years-old was going absolutely crazy and air-guitaring INSANELY. During "…Prison," at the "I wont go down by myself, but I'll go down with my friends" part, I pointed at him and he at me and we went crazy together. It was one of the most refreshing and awesome things to see someone that young, that innocent and new, just having a good fucking time and getting lost in the music. Awesome.

-They played a GORGEOUS acoustic version of "Vampires Will Never Hurt you" I think I almost had a heart attack. Sadly, they didn't play the entire song, but it was such an amazing version of the song that I absolutely melted… and cried.

-MIKEY FUCKIN WAY! This was definitely his comeback tour after the Projekt Rev hiatus. He came back new and improved for sure. He wasn't hiding behind his brother the whole time. He stood at the front of the stage the whole time and he actually MOVED!


::Previous entries

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- Tampa, FL | Projekt Revolution- Raleigh, NC |

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Album Review: Alkaline Trio - 'This Addiction'

Alkaline Trio
This Addiction
Heart & Skull/ Epitaph
February 22, 2010


1. This Addiction
2. Dine, Dine My Darling
3. Lead Poisoning
4. Dead On the Floor
5. The American Scream
6. Off The Map
7. Draculina
8. Eating Me Alive
9. Piss And Vinegar
10. Dorothy
11. Fine

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks

12. Kick Rocks
13. Those Lungs
14. This Addiction (acoustic)
15. Dine, Dine My Darling (acoustic)
16. Dead On the Floor (acoustic)
17. Fine (acoustic)

'This Addiction' proves that the men of Alkaline Trio can both stay true to their original style and take risks. Their hearts and livers have yet to dry up, and -- judging by this album -- the trio still has plenty more blood, heartache and booze-riddled lovesickness to offer.

Click here to read my full review!


Monday, February 15, 2010

Album Review: Story Of The Year - 'The Constant'

Story of the Year
The Constant
Epitaph Records
February 16, 2010


1. The Children Sing
2. The Ghost Of You and I
3. I’m Alive
4. To The Burial
5. The Dream Is Over
6. Remember A Time
7. Holding On To You
8. Won Threw Ate
9. Ten Years Down
10. Time Goes On
11. Eye For An Eye

Click here to read my full review!


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Buy your own Say Anything song

For a limited time, Say Anything will be offering fans the chance to get a song written specially for them for only $150.

Inspired by the shifting media landscape, Say Anything lead singer Max Bemis decided to take advantage of the internet and the closeness it brings fans to the musicians they love by offering his song-writing talents directly to them.

Fans can submit one to two paragraphs around which Bemis will create a custom song for each individual.

"I'm really hoping that the songs actually help you guys and that they make a difference to you; because, I was inspired by the idea that if I was young and I had someone who was in one of my favorite bands write a song just for me, it would be something I'd be so stoked on that I'd pay a million dollars for it, but we're obviously not going to ask a million dollars."


They call us crazy: An ode to fans

Illustration by Matt Anderson

To everyone who has found a home in, has been inspired by or has felt a part something through it, music is more than just notes: it’s worthy of being a lifestyle.

Check out my full feature article for


Monday, February 8, 2010

Check out Alkaline Trio's "This Addiction" video

Check out the video for the first single from Alkaline Trio's upcoming release!

Alkaline Trio - "This Addiction"

Alkaline Trio | MySpace Music Videos


Sunday, February 7, 2010

[UPDATED!] My Chemical Romance Announce North American "World Contamination" Tour Dates

Originally posted: November 15 @ 12:37 p.m.
Second Update: November 30 @ 2:19 p.m.
Third Update: February 7 @ 10:45 p.m.


My Chemical Romance's World Contamination Tour will be coming to North America this Spring, according to a new blog post on the band's official website!

A special pre-sale for registered members of MyChemicalRomance.Com will begin this Wednesday, November 17.

The North American dates listed on the band's tour page span from the beginning of April to the end of May and include both Canadian and American tour stops!


Fri, April, 1 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre

Sat, April 2 - Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Center for Performing Arts

Sun, April 3 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo

Tue, April 5 - Edmonton, Canada @ Edmonton Event Centre

Wed, April 6 - Calgary, Canada @ MacEwan Hall

Fri, April 8 - Salt Lake City , UT @ In the Venue

Sat, April 9 - Denver, CO @  Filmore

Sun, April 10 - Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom

Tue, April 12 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

Wed, April 13 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom

Fri, April 15 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon

Sat, April 16 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room
Presale begins February 9!

Sun, April 17 - Cleveland, OH @  House of Blues

Tue, April 19 - Toronto, Canada @ Kool Haus

Wed, April 20 - Montreal, QC, Canada @ Metropolis

Fri, April 22 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5

Sat, April 23 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5

Thu, May 5 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston

Fri, May 6 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater

Sat, May 7 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Sun, May 8 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Tue, May 10 - Washington @ 9:30 Club

Wed, May 11 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle

Tue, May 17 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Revolution

Wed, May 18 - Orlando, FL @  House of Blues Orlando

Fri, May 20- Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston

Sat, May 21 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Dallas

Sun, May 22 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Dallas

Tue, May 24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee

Wed, May 25 - Bakersfield, CA @ Majestic Fox Theater
MORE INFO ( Member Ticket pre-sale December 1)

Fri, May 27 - Hollywood, CA @ Palladium

Sat, May 28 - Hollywood, CA @ Palladium

Sun, May 29 - Las Vegas, NV
MORE INFO ( Member Ticket pre-sale December 1)


Perhaps I'll see you there?


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Classic MCR Live Review: Projekt Revolution | August 13, 2007 | Raleigh, NC

Note: This was originally posted near the time of the show, and I have edited it only slightly.

Much of the post alludes to the previous Projekt Revolution show I had gone to.

I apologize for this post's briefness, but -- to make up for that -- I have added a video of Gerard going off on his pre-"You Know What they do to Guys like us in Prison" tangent!!

August 13th, 2007- Projekt Revolution: Raleigh, NC.

Because of my mother's wanting to mess around all day, Emily and I arrived at Projekt Revolution at about 3:30 p.m., just before the main-stage opened.

I got posters from The Street Network's booth and hung them up all over the place and bought merch, then we decided to go find our seats (Yes, the horror, Cassie didn't have floor!). We had been expecting to have to go up a ton of stairs toward the back of the amphitheater, but that was not the case.

We were directed DOWN stairs and into the equivalent of a pit with seats. A total waist of pit-space, I say, but whatever. The actual standing room was a tiny gated-in area that could only hold 4 rows of people. Emily and I thought of being sneaky and showing the security guards our floor tickets from Tampa and getting in, but we aren't that bold. Taha! We still considered our spot pretty awesome for being seats.

We conserved our energy during the opening bands, then went COMPLETELY crazy when TBS came on. We were so insane that the people around us weren't watching the band, they were watching us. Of course, we didn't care, though. Nothing is worth caring about when you're watching a great live band. You can just lose yourself, and I think even those watching us with horror could appreciate that.

By the time MCR came on, I was nearly exhausted, but exhaustion, hunger, anything is only a between-band thing for me at concerts. When the next act comes on, I forget everything and am re-energized. MCR is the best battery.

They played the same set, but it was just as perfect as ever. Those boys cannot possibly get old! Emily and I still drew attention and got stares. I was even more insane during MCR's set than TBS's.. Who would have figured, right? Ha!
Some things I remember well:

-Gerard's concert-year trickery "Projekt Revolution: 2004"

-Gerard, after "Mama:" "And wouldn't you believe it? I never, EVER, had one lesson. *stalks away*"

-The Mic ending up down a certain someone's pants. Poor mic.

-Lyn-Z, the bassist of Mindless Self-Indulgence, and three of the guys from Julien K standing right behind Emily and me as we went crazy during MCR.

-"Everybody in the whole place, whole place. Everybody in the whole place, whole place *crazy lowvoice* Everybody in the whole place, whole place, *EXTREMELY high voice* Everybody in the the whole place, whole place clap!"

We left before Linkin Park again, and got lost on the way back to our hotel, but it was GREAT!!


::Previous entries

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- Tampa, FL |

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

My Chemical Romance cancel Soundwave Festival appearance

“We are really sorry that we’ve had to cancel this tour, and apologize for any inconvenience it has caused,” says singer Way. “The last thing we ever want to do is cancel shows, but we’ll be back to Australia to make it up to the fans as soon as possible.”

A post from the Soundwave festival site has confirmed that My Chemical Romance will cancel their appearance on Australia's Soundwave Festival. Jimmy Eat World will replace them.

My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero posted a blog entry explaining that while in the studio, singer Gerard Way had started to have vocal problems that did not go away. Way's doctor advised the singer to forgo the upcoming tour and to receive treatment. Iero assured fans that Way is "getting the best treatment possible and is going to make a full recovery."

The Soundwave website encourages fans holding tickets to the MCR / Get Up Kids show in Sydney "to contact their point of purchase to arrange a full refund of their tickets."

"When we started this band all we ever wanted to do was write songs that meant something to us and play them live for as many people as we possibly could, and now in our old age all we want is exactly the same thing... and thats why canceling shows kills us so much, playing for people is what we live for. Your off-time applause, your beautiful dirty faces, your raw energy, and your wretched little voices singing our lyrics back to us fuel our fire, you make us feel alive, and we love every single one of you for that.

So know that as excited as you guys were to see us, we were even more excited to see you. But in order to make sure that we can continue to create music and play it live for all of you for a long time to come we need to give G the time he needs to heal.

We are incredibly sorry for bumming anyone out by canceling, and we hope you find it in your hearts to understand. We promise we will be back in Australia to make it up to you guys/gals as soon as possible. We miss you.

Until we meet again, xofrank

P.S. Please send all angry letters to:

Gerard Way's Throat
666 Coffee and Cigarettes Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
-Frank Iero

Get well soon, Gerard. :'{

::UPDATE:: For worried fans and rumor-spreaders, a twitter post from Umbrella Academy artist Gabriel Bá: