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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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.