Saturday, January 21, 2012

My Chemical Romance Vocalist Gerard Way to contribute to Art Show Honoring Metallica

UPDATE: January 21 @ 12:39 p.m. EST

Pictured left is Gerard Way's installation piece for the gallery. Thanks to themaskedman on Tumblr for sharing.

Apparently, the individual landmines (60 in total) are being sold for $100 a piece.

UPDATE: January 20, 2012 @ 12:39 p.m. EST

Gerard Way told Alternative Press in a recent interview that the piece he is contributing to the show is an art installation based on Metallica's "One," in the form of a fabricated pile of "quiet"-looking "destroyed, fragmented landmines."

Thank you to Brittany for bringing this to my attention!

Exhibit A Gallery announced that Gerard Way will be among the nearly 40 artists contributing to their "Obey Your Master: A Visual Tribute to Metallica" exhibit.

Of contributing to the exhibit, Gerard said, “Having been a fan of Metallica for years, their music has always inspired my artistic expression in various mediums.. So, when I was asked to be one of the artists to create an art piece inspired by one of their songs for the upcoming Obey Your Master art show, it was a no brainer.”

The show, which features artistic interpretations of individual Metallica songs, opens January 20 in Los Angeles to the exclusive crowd of contributing artists and Metallica themselves. The show will be open to the public January 23 through March 23.

If you are interested in attending, you can submit an event invitation request.

Friday, January 20, 2012

My Chemical Romance: Big Day Out run Begins in Auckland, New Zealand

Yesterday (or the day before yesterday, if you're going by New Zealand time), My Chemical Romance gave their first performance of Big Day Out Festival.

Fans, early in the day, had been tipped off by those in attendance of the pre-show meet-and-greet that singer Gerard Way's hair was "orange." For whatever reason, despite our knowing Gerard will--if pattern can allow us to predict--inevitably make a drastic hair changes forevermore, the MCR fan community still goes wild over said changes.

Unfortunately, due to the focus on aesthetic changes, not much of substance was shared during the show.

In post-performance reviews, said that My Chemical Romance drew "easily the biggest crowd of the day [at the time of posting], and while the sound started on the dodgy side, they [had] the kids jumping and screaming like an audience should" while the NZ Herald said their performance was better than it was at BDO 2007, but the crowd was smaller.

Check out their performance of "Our Lady of Sorrows" from their first BDO performance below (thanks to Youtube user newzealandmotion.)

Monday, January 16, 2012

My Chemical Romance Release Final 'Danger Days' Video with Help from a Fan

My Chemical Romance have released the video for "The Kids From Yesterday," their final Danger Days single in a very special way.

Frank Iero said of the video in his newest blog post:
"This song means a lot of different things to us individually and we hope it speaks to you as well. When deciding what kind of video would work the best with the song we immediately thought of a "video collage" ...something that would show the progression of the band over the past 10 years leading up to one of our most memorable moments, closing the Reading and Leeds festivals this past summer. We began collecting footage and literally stumbled upon an incredible video done by a talented young lady named Emily Eisemann. She had made a fan video, put it up on YouTube and it summed up what we had been trying so very hard to make, perfectly. So we gave her a call, put our videos together, and the rest, as they say, is history."

Eisemann, who created a "fan promo" for the band in attempt to express what the band means to her said, "the idea that [the original video] was wanted for an official release...left me flailing."

"I could never have expected that one day, I would be contacted by the overwhelmingly lovely people of My Chem’s management and asked, in exchange for compensation, to contribute what I had made to the official video for Kids. Not after an era of spectacular Killjoy videos with whose Trans-Ams, inclusion of legendary comic book writers, and badassery, my own creation could never compete."

You can watch her original video below:

If any of you remember, I--too--was so touched by how well it represented MCR when I stumbled across the video that I posted about it in February, and I'm so glad she got the opportunity to help compile this for MCR!

Congratulations, Emily, and thank you for helping express what so many of us also feel toward MCR!


Album Review: 'Beautiful Things' - Anthony Green

Anthony Green
Beautiful Things
Photo Finish Records
January 17, 2012


1. "If I Don't Sing"
2. "Do It Right"
3. "Moon Song"
4. "Get Yours While You Can"
5. "When I'm On Pills"
6. "Can't Have it All At Once"
7. "Big Mistake"
8. "Love You No Matter What"
9. "How It Goes"
10. "Just to Feel Alive"
11. "James' Song"
12. "Blood Song"
13. "Lullaby"


Read my full review for


Friday, January 13, 2012

My Chemical Romance Big Day Out Competitions (list)

**UPDATED: January 16 @ 2:34 p.m. EST

ORIGINAL POST: January 6, 2012 @ 3:37 p.m. EST
With My Chemical Romance's heading to Australia and New Zealand later this month for Big Day Out, many publications are holding competitions to give fans a chance to meet the band or to win other prizes. Here are some of them (if you have any to add to the list, please let me know.)

Competition Host: Coup De Main Magazine
Prize: Meet-and-greet in Auckland, New Zealand on January 20.
Requirements: Design a comic strip with your own Killjoys story. Be a Big Day Out ticket-holder.
End date: Before January 14 (you submit via mail, so allow extra time)

Competition Host: NovaFM
Prize: Meet-and-greet with My Chemical Romance; two tickets to a BDO show in either Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne, Australia; and a signed Phant-o-matic Epiphone guitar.
Requirements: Your own transportation to the shows.
End date: January 17 at 10 a.m.

Competition Host: My Chemical Romance
Prize: Watch one of MCR's Australian BDO performances side-stage
Requirements: A short written description of your own Killjoy character. Be at least 15-years-old and have your own transportation to the show.
End date: January 19 @ 9 a.m. PST

Competition Host:
Prize: A "double pass" to one of MCR's Australian sideshows
Requirements: Be able to attend the show, an I.D.
End date: January 19

Competition Host: JB Hi-Fi
Prize: The Phant-o-matic Epiphone guitar designed by Frank Iero
Requirements: Pre-order "The Kids From Yesterday" CD/t-shirt bundle. Residents of Australia only.
End date: Before January 20

Competition Host: Kill Your Stereo
Prize: "Double passes" for either the Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne show.
Requirements: A Twitter account
End date: January 22

Competition Host: Beat Magazine
Prize: A double pass to MCR's January 31 BDO sideshow in Melbourne.
Requirements: Leaving a comment on the competition page.
End Date: January 24

Competition Host: VMusic
  • Major: double passes to an MCR sideshow/a chance to meet them and watch sidestage
  • Runner-up: Limited edition Danger Days box set
  • Minor: Danger Days album
Requirements: Leaving a comment on the competition page.
End Date: January 27


Monday, January 9, 2012

My Chemical Romance's Mikey Way talks Killjoys comic, The Mad Gear & Missile Kid and potential 'Life On The Murder Scene' follow-up

"I don't think we're going to be making any more videos, but something is definitely on the horizon," My Chemical Romance bassist Mikey Way revealed in a recent interview by Coup De Main magazine.

For fans who had hoped for "SING"'s massive cliffhanger to be resolved, that may be disappointing.

However, Way goes on to say that "the Killjoys story is far from over," citing that the Killjoys comic by Shaun Simon and MCR vocalist Gerard Way may contain hints at what happened to Kobra Kid and co. and that, "it should be relatively soon that you should hear something [new] about the comic."

Though, who knows what "relatively soon" means in MCR time.

Related to the Danger Days world, when asked if the band has plans to release a full-length The Mad Gear and Missile Kid album, Way said:

"Oh absolutely! That's something we talk about a lot, we just have to kinda find time. There's more songs we have that are Mad Gear songs and actually, there are more songs that Mad Gear have written that we are yet to discover. So sooner or later, that'll probably come to fruition as well."

Other potential things the band has thought of releasing: A follow-up to 2006's Life On The Murder Scene DVD. When asked about that, Way said,

"It's actually something we talk about a lot, making a spiritual successor to 'Life On The Murder Scene'. If you were a betting person, I'd say absolutely. It'll happen probably sooner than later, I'd say."

[Read the full interview]


Sunday, January 8, 2012

CONTEST: Win a set of My Chemical Romance action figures, a signed t-shirt or a MASScanvas shirt!

Thanks to amazing donations from readers and MASScanvas, I am so thrilled to be able to start off 2012 with a contest for my fellow My Chemical Romance fans!

Pictured left are the prizes:
  • FIRST PLACE: A full set of My Chemical Romance action figures
  • SECOND PLACE: A MASScanvas t-shirt [better picture] signed by all four members of MCR.
  • THIRD PLACE: A MASScanvas "Reflection" t-shirt (Note: not signed.)
How to win:
I know that for many of us, MCR's songs evoke a certain feeling or conjure imagery that flashes before us when we close our eyes while listening to the music.

Choose an MCR song (Not a cover, please) for which the imagery in your head or for which your feelings are strongest, and describe what you see and feel when you listen to it in a comment below of 200 words or less (please adhere to the word limit!).
*Note: I mean ANY form of writing. This could be a poem, a narrative, a small essay, anything--as long as it is within the word limit, it counts!

Please include the following before your writing:
Your Twitter handle, Facebook URL or Email address: (If Twitter, make sure you're following me [@PoisonAndFire] so I can contact you via message if you win)
Which song you're writing about:
-ONE ENTRY per person-

Since I have saved blogger donations for shipping, the contest *IS open internationally!

Happy writing! If you have questions, just ask in a comment!

Thanks, as always, for reading and for being so supportive!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My Chemical Romance News While I was Away

As some of you know, I have been stuck in an abysmal state of Internet-less-ness since late November. As such, I have not been able to update as frequently as I would like.

Those of you who follow me (@PoisonAndFire) on Twitter probably already saw these as they came out (thank goodness for my mobile Internet access, even if limited!), but here is a re-cap of what has happened in the MCR news realm while I have been on winter break.

November 23
In an interview with X-Press Magazine, bassist Mikey Way talked about the Danger Days... recording experience, reaffirms that they will "never add another member to the band again" (for those still wondering if their touring drummers will become permanent) and that they do, indeed, plan "to get together and begin the process of putting together a follow-up album....sooner rather than later!"

November 24
In an interview by Kill Your Stereo, guitarist Frank Iero hinted that MCR's upcoming Big Day Out performances may hold new songs, songs fans haven't heard in a while and hints at what the band's next creative direction might be.

"...right now we are trying to think about the next stuff so it is really going to be smack dab in the pre-creative headspace of what the next record is going to be, so not [only is it] going to be Danger Days [fueled] but also possibly [fueled] by whatever the new thing is.


I kind of want to keep [the setlist] open, and if some new stuff makes its way in that would be really great, as for the vibe I have no idea what it is going to be. I definitely want to play some songs that I think the Australian fans haven’t gotten to hear live because we haven’t been there on this tour. There is going to be some Danger Days stuff, I think we should play some older stuff, and hopefully some of the new vibe will work its way in.


you are going to get a show that is smack dab in the middle of what Danger Days was and what it has now become and also what the new stuff is going to become. So it is going to be unique to any of the shows that has come before it and hopefully any of the shows that come after it."

December 6, 2011
Fender gave a preview of Mikey Way's 2012 signature Squier bass (right.)

December 9, 2011
Triple J Magazine interview with Ray Toro, focused on My Chemical Romance's unlucky past with drummers.

December 11, 2011
Coup De Main Magazine announced that My Chemical Romance will contribute a New Zealand tour photo diary to them.

The magazine also did an interview with Mikey Way which is set for publication in the February 25 issue.
**UPDATE**: The Interview is now published.

December 12, 2011
In a Rave Magazine feature, Mikey Way discussed the differences between touring on their previous albums and on Danger Days and the positive impact that and the album itself has had on the band.

December 14, 2011
The Music Network spoke to Ray Toro about MCR's misfortunes, obstacles and growth over the years.

"We’ve been through some tough stuff this year,” says Toro. “All those things that happened, you can take it either of two ways: you can let it get you down and defeat you, or you can rise up from it. The cool thing with us is that we’ve always risen. We’re still around now and that’s incredible.”

December 19, 2011
Macy Gray's Covered, which is set for release March 27, 2012, will feature the "I Try" singer's cover of My Chemical Romance's "Teenagers." This should be interesting!

In other news of covers, MCR's cover of Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row" will be included on the compilation Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (set for January 24 release).

December 20, 2011
In completely random news: Gerard Way interviewed Johnny Galecki of The Big Bang Theory, which is great because I love both of those things, but I'm still not entirely sure why it happened. Haha!

When a news story started circulating among entertainment sites that Galecki had received word of his Golden Globe nomination while he was Emailing a member of MCR, I was curious and confused, then when the end result of that Email came out as an interview, I was even more curious and confused. But, again, I'll take it.

December 22, 2011
In an MX Citybeat Newspaper interview, Ray Toro answered Twitter-submitted fan questions including some about his favorite MCR songs, his guitar collection, horror films and...his hair's magical powers? ...

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Keep an eye out for my next entry in which I will outline current MCR-related contests.

Thank you to MCR Updates | @MCR_FANS | My Chemical Freak | My Chemical Romance Brasil and countless other fansites for making looking up all these things again relatively painless!