Saturday, August 27, 2011

My Chemical Romance perform with Queen's Brian May at Reading Festival

After speculation throughout the day about a "special guest" who would play with My Chemical Romance during their headlining spot at Reading Festival yesterday, Brian May of Queen took the stage with them to perform a cover of "We Will Rock You" and MCR's own "Welcome To The Black Parade" for their encore.

Check out the video from the performance below:

I am so proud of these guys. Beyond proud.


Friday, August 26, 2011

UPDATE! My Chemical Romance Announce Plans to Record New Album

UPDATE: August 26 @ 7:38 p.m.

In an interview with BBC Three today at Reading Festival, singer Gerard Way admitted that they are "considering putting something together very quickly" after Honda Civic Tour.

The Daily Star also reported that Way told them, “When we finished Danger Days we were sad in a weird way because we felt like we were just getting started" and that "[they've] got a a lot of new songs already."


Original Post: August 22 @ 10:42 a.m.

According to Alternative Press, My Chemical Romance revealed at a recent Chicago tour stop that they will begin recording a new album following their current Honda Civic Tour.

No further details were given in the article.

I'll keep my eyes open for more information; though, that may be difficult: Honda Civic Tour killed my cell phone last night! A Review of that is coming soon!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Unabridged Live Review: My Chemical Romance @ The Honda Civic Tour / August 21, 2011 / Cincinnati, OH

Gerard Way has said that the Killjoys wear "bad luck beads," wooden bracelets with symbols of misfortune on them, in a way that counteracts the bad luck's finding them. If it's always with you, in theory, it wont be looking for you.

I should have worn my bad luck beads to the Cincinnati stop of the Honda Civic Tour on Sunday.

Knowing that we had seats, my friend and I did not begin our trip to Cincinnati until later in the day, both of us with a strange feeling in our chests. Of course, I began that trip having forgotten my insurance card, and with a GPS that decided to take us wherever it pleased between home and the Riverbend Music Center.

When we got to the venue, the parking lot was closed and we were directed to park in a muddy field in which people were getting drunk and playing cornhole--a land of scratches, dents and flat tires waiting to happen. I had said to my companion Emily, "People are tailgating? Really? Don't they realize MCR is about to kill them all?"

We walked the distance to the venue, then everyone we came in contact with started having bad luck, as well: One found out her ticket was a counterfeit, and another found out she had seat tickets after having waited in line all day expecting pit. I think EmilyAllman and a couple girls from MCRmy Cincinnati were the only ones we met who survived our curse.

Everything we touched crumbled.

When we were going in, security stopped me and told me I could not have my camera, so my friend and I had to walk it back to my car. The skies had been threatening rain all day, but they only opened up and absolutely poured on us the second we were away from shelter and making the long walk back to my car. The parking lot flooded, and the rain was hitting us so hard that we couldn't see.

In all of that chaos, my cell phone was completely ruined, which explains my complete lack of pictures for this review.

The image that does accompany this post contains the Japanese kanji for "black cat," which is one of the Bad Luck Beads' symbols. I'm hoping it will work to ward off my bad luck for my next two HCT shows in Cleveland and Indiana!

All the mishaps leading up to the show only served as a stronger reminder to me that the world just dissolves for me while I'm watching MCR.

Though, another stroke of hard-to-ignore bad luck was our standing behind very tall men who admitted they were not in their assigned seats, but using them until the ticket-holders got there. Though it made it hard to see, and though they were making fun of MCR the entire time they played, it didn't phase me. Until, of course, they began laughing and making wrist-cutting gestures during "Famous Last Words," which made me want to wipe them from existence.

Still, I could jump high enough to see over their heads, and I was--indeed--jumping the entire time, despite the stillness of the people all around me and the water that was weighing down my boots.

Surprisingly, the crowd was pretty inactive during MCR. I had heard from other fans that that had been the case at the shows they had gone to, but I was in denial until I saw it for myself.

The crowd's general calmness made it even more exciting when I looked back to see the mass of people pumping their fists during "Welcome To The Black Parade" at Gerard's command, or flashing their hands at the end of "SING" as Gerard encouraged us to "keep shining" and to "mean something." He even praised the crowd for quickly obeying his order to put our hands up for clapping at the beginning of "Mama," saying we did it so quickly that he owed us cupcakes.

It was often difficult to hear what was said between songs, probably a result of Riverbend's decibel cap, which Gerard denounced early in the set: "It's happening in your city, and it fucking sucks," he had said.

Still, they ripped through their set as if nothing were holding them back, despite volume limits and a crowd that wasn't entirely theirs.

The stillness of the crowd made me want to give energy back to them even more. I hoisted my entire body into every move I made and sang along so fiercely that I felt my ribs begin to hurt from expanding and collapsing with such force. I'm still sore a couple days later, the way I would be if I had been within the pushing crowd and not in the seats.

Every time I see MCR, and especially at this show, surrounded by people who didn't really know what to expect, I feel so proud of them. And I feel proud to be a part of what they're doing: Something so much bigger than me and something so fearless and different.

Every time an MCR interview, music video or a Transmission from the website was was shown on the onstage screens between sets, I just felt exhilarated and proud. I found myself wanting to explain BL/ind to all the uncaring strangers around me. Haha!

Through the band's Japanese-spoken Better Living Industries video introduction to the very last notes of "Famous Last Words," I just felt so proud of them. It's tough to describe, but it was just this feeling of knowing, to your deepest core, that My Chem is doing something so very special and different. Watching it baffle people around me and seeing people outright fight it was, in a way, rewarding.

The guys in front of me making fun of MCR, the idiot behind me who yelled that Gerard was a "pussy" for not telling the crowd to mosh in the tiny pit before "DESTROYA" for safety reasons, all the horrible luck of the day: It all made it somehow better.

It showed me, again, that survival fire that MCR has always lit within their fans, that fearlessness to be who you are and love what you love with passion in the face of all the shit that gets thrown at you.

It's like in that NME interview in which Gerard talks about looking in the mirror and realizing he's still not cool. Surrounded by obstacles and people who didn't get it; getting dirty looks and walking past the parties to just get to the music, I felt that: I'm STILL not cool. MCR is still not a "cool" thing to like.

I like that.

Their set (not in order):
"Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)"
"Planetary (GO!)"
"Vampire Money"
"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
"Welcome To The Black Parade"
"Famous Last Words"


My Chemical Romance Announce MASScanvas Design Winners (Help MCR help the Make-A-Wish Foundation)

Last month, My Chemical Romance teamed up with MASScanvas to issue a "design challenge" to fans.

The goal was to create a t-shirt design based on the theme "Good vs. Evil" that, when sold, will benefit MCR's chosen charity, The Make-A-Wish Foundation.

My Chemical Romance has chosen the top five designs from over 240 submissions and has announced via video on the MASScanvas challenge website.

The T-shirts, which are onsale now for $25 each, have been limited to 2019 prints each and will be sold for a limited time. $2 of every purchase will go to Make-A-Wish.

The first people to order the shirts will also have a chance to win the first print of it, signed by My Chemical Romance.

Order your limited edition MASScanvas/ My Chemical Romance shirt here. Help MCR meet their goal of granting the wishes of three children for the Make-A-Wish foundations.


Monday, August 22, 2011

My Chemical Romance Announce Plans to Record New Album

Original Post: August 22 @ 10:42 a.m.
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According to Alternative Press, My Chemical Romance revealed at a recent Chicago tour stop that they will begin recording a new album following their current Honda Civic Tour.

No further details were given in the article.

I'll keep my eyes open for more information; though, that may be difficult: Honda Civic Tour killed my cell phone last night! A Review of that is coming soon!


Friday, August 19, 2011

My Chemical Romance invites fans to join Spotify. A New MCRmy Mission!

My Chemical Romance fans looking for a Spotify invite are in luck. A Spotify code request page has been added to MCR's official website. Those looking to start using the online streaming service who have not yet gotten an invite, need only enter their Email addresses to be sent one.

After fans have joined Spotify, they will be able to subscribe to the band's pre-show "Psych-up Mix" and more!

Fans, here's how we can help out MCR in return:

We can try to get My Chemical Romance into the Top 100 Spotify artists! Doing that is simple: we need only stream their music from Spotify...a lot! If we team together, perhaps we can make it work.

Just create a playlist on Spotify that includes a couple of the new MCR songs ("Bulletproof Heart" and "The Kids From Yesterday," for example), and play it on repeat. You can turn down the volume and keep it going at all times. Just, you know, remember to turn off Scrobbling if you're using it.

You can subscribe to my "MCRmy Takeover" playlist if you want to join the mission! Just press "play" and set it to repeat!

So that we're all doing it at the same time, do that especially starting Monday, August 22.


Monday, August 15, 2011

My Chemical Romance News While I was Away

Hey, everyone.

As I explained in my previous entry, I had been taking some time away from my computer to be with my grandmother in the final days of her life.

Unfortunately, she passed away on August 8, and I haven't been taking it so well.

But I know she wouldn't want me to wallow. She always encouraged my writing and, though she didn't understand it, was interested in "that computer stuff" I do. So, I'm not going to stay offline and mope. I'm going to remember her encouragement and continue this "computer stuff," as she would say, full force.

Here is what has been happening in the My Chemical Romance world lately:

-July 26, 2011-
In conjunction with Japanese watchmaker Tokyoflash, My Chemical Romance released the Seikatsu Koujou Kyokusen (Translation: Better Living curved line) BLI watch.

It is available on the newly-designed MCR online store for $125.

-July 28, 2011-
MCR and Buzznet are holding a Honda Civic Tour Blogger competition. Winners will receive two tickets to their show of choice, photo passes and a chance for their review to be featured on Buzznet, the MCRmy and the official My Chemical Romance website.


The fan blog for the Boston show is now up on the MCR site.

Having recently gotten to do something similar (the World Contamination "tour reporter"), I would highly suggest entering. It was a lot of fun and is a great opportunity! Good luck!

-August 5, 2011-
MCR released their legendary "Psych-up Mix" as a Spotify playlist!

If you don't have Spotify yet, you can view the tracklisting here, and get Spotify through MCR's invite!

-August 8, 2011-
MCR performed "DESTROYA" and "The Kids from Yesterday" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Watch the performances below.

(Above video found through MCRupdates on Tumblr.)

-August 10, 2011-
Thanks to GerardWayBrasil, you can view scans of the 7-page Kerrang! feature, which chronicles-- in interview format--MCR's ten years as a band.

MyChemicalFreak also posted scans of the magazine's earlier article featuring the Way brothers.

There are a couple spin-off articles based on the Kerrang! feature. One from MusicNews about Gerard's comparing their first live performance to a "car crash," and another from MusicRooms about the dedication of their few fans at some of the first shows they played.

-August 11, 2011-
The official MCRmy has declared a "mission" for fans to spread the words about upcoming Honda Civic Tour dates and to submit show meet-up picture.

AbsolutePunk conducted an interview with Mikey Way. Keep your eyes open for it!

August 14, 2011
"SING" is set to be the music video on this week's episode of The Glee Project
More information.

_____________________________ will now return to its regular transmission frequency.



Sunday, August 7, 2011

Lack of Updates: An Explanation

Hey, everyone!

I just wanted to update to let you know why I've not been posting MCR news as fast and frequently. I know many of you have come to see this blog as a useful source for information. Things will return to normal, and I'm still keeping a pulse on the MCR news world, but-- for right now --I need to be with my family.

Those of you who follow me elsewhere have probably seen stories I've shared about my grandmother (Meme, as I have called her since I was a child). If not, here's the general back-story of the past 4 years and what brought everything to this point.

My Meme is the very reason I started writing. She would sit at a typewriter when I was too young to write and would transcribe the stories I dictated to her at the time. She taught me to paint and always encouraged me creatively. Without her, I don't know if I would be brave enough to even try at a career in writing.

Unfortunately, her health has declined severely over the past two weeks, and it is only a matter of time before she's gone.

I am spending as much time as possible away from the computer and at her side.

The past few days have been some of the very hardest of my life, and I know that worse ones are to come, but sometimes writing comes as a relief; so, I'm still here, I'm just being quiet for now.

Thank you all so much for your support. I will update whenever I find the strength.


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Warped Tour Interview Series (Part Three): D.R.U.G.S.

Part three of a four-part interview series I conducted for at the August 2 stop of 2011's Vans Warped Tour

Supergroup D.R.U.G.S. (Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows) is still relatively young, as bands go, but with a full-length album, an EP and an already dedicated following, they set out on this year's Vans Warped Tour to show intrigued, sweaty audiences what years of prior experience and a new group dyanamic can do.

ACRN spoke to bassist Adam “The Skull” Russell, also from of Story of the Year, about what it takes to restart a band from scratch, "the war on assbags" and what in the world his band, Slipknot and Harry Potter have to do with each other.


Read the full interview at


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Warped Tour Interview Series (Part Two): Go Radio

Part two of a four-part interview series I conducted for at the August 2 stop of 2011's Vans Warped Tour

If you're a fan of Go Radio, you should feel very lucky. No, that's not a horrible pun on their latest album Lucky Street's title. These guys really do care about you.

ACRN chatted with Go Radio guitarist Alex Reed at the Cincinnati stop of the 2011 Vans Warped Tour  about fans, touring plans and how a band can stay grounded and relaxed.


Read the full interview at


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Warped Tour Interview Series (Part One): Larry And His Flask

Yesterday, I attended the Vans Warped Tour stop in Cincinnati, Ohio. Posts to follow will be a four-part series of interviews I conducted for while there!

Since Larry And His Flask played Jackie O's and appeared on Episode 8 of our Guest List video series last year, the acoustic-punk, roots-influenced, call-it-what-you-will outfit of six has completed a new album and started carving out a niche for themselves, which landed them on the full run of the 2011 Vans Warped Tour.

We caught up with bassist Jesse Marshall at the Cincinnati Warped Tour stop to talk about the band's upcoming punk festival run, the changes the band has made over the years and to figure out who the hell Larry is.


Read the full interview at