Sunday, September 23, 2012

My Chemical Romance Digest: September 10-23

Here's an outline of what's been going on in the My Chemical Romance world since my previous "MCR digest" post on September .

September 14
My Chemical Romance's Frank Iero reveals 'Conventional Weapons' project

Check out Frank Iero's recount of MCR's scrapped album (Conventional Weapons) era and the details of their upcoming releases.
Post also includes information about the accidental posting of the fourth 7" in the series that tipped fans off that something was coming!

September 17
My Chemical Romance reveal 'Conventional Weapons' details

Tracklisting a pre-order details for Conventional Weapons!

September 18
Alternative Press announced that their upcoming issue will include an interview with deadmau5 and Gerard Way!

I'm particularly stoked about this; because, I actually got to transcribe the interview while I was in office, and I've been dying to tell you about it!
"Following the success of their “Professional Griefers” collaboration, the fearless wiseguy of the electronic dance music realm and the My Chemical Romance frontman crack wise, tell stories and drop dimes on their respective scenes."
The issue (#292) will be on stands next Monday, October 1.

September 21
Frank posted lyrics for "This Song Is A Curse," the song he wrote for the Frankenweenie Unleashed! soundtrack, which is set for release  September 25.

Listen to a short preview of the song below:

September 22
Gerard Way performed live with deadmau5 last night at the Las Vegas iHeartRadio Music Festival!


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Live Review: Alkaline Trio / September 17, 2012 / The Grog Shop / Cleveland Heights, OH

"A pair of large, white converse appeared under my nose, which the crowd at Cleveland’s Grog Shop kept planting firmly against the wedge stage monitor and knee-high concrete stage in front of me.

I felt a tap on my back and a familiar voice close to me. “Are you okay?” I looked up at the towering, black-lipstick-and-white-Converse-wearing figure before me. Why, hello, Matt Skiba..."

Read my full, first-person review for


And here's a video that captured the above-described moment:

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Gerard Way to perform with deadmau5 at iHeartRadio Festival on Saturday, September 22


deadmau5 will go on at 10:55 p.m. PT. That's 1:55 a.m. EST!

iHeartRadio has announced that Gerard Way will perform "Professional Griefers" with deadmau5
this Saturday, September 22, at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.

Good news for fans: You can stream the entire show through Yahoo! Music, XBox Live or iHeartRadio!

The performances will start at 7 p.m. PT. deadmau5 is one of 10 artists performing.


PS: I've been dying to tell you guys about this since I found out a month ago while transcribing the Gerard Way/deadmau5 interview that will be in the upcoming issue of Alternative Press. AAAHH!!! Get stoked!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

My Chemical Romance reveal 'Conventional Weapons' details

My Chemical Romance have announced the tracks, pre-order information and release formats and dates for Conventional Weapons.

Every month for the next 5 months, My Chemical Romance will release a double-sided single in both 7" vinyl and digital formats!

The tracks and release dates are as follows:

Title: Number One
A-side: "Boy Division"
B-side: "Tomorrow's Money"
Release date: October 30, 2012

 Title: Number Two
B-side: "Gun."
Release date: November 23, 2012

Title: Number Three
A-side: "The World Is Ugly"
B-side: "The Light Behind Your Eyes"
Release date: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Title: Number Four
A-side: "Kiss The Ring"
B-side: "Make Room!!!!"
Release date: Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Title: Number Five
A-side: "Surrender The Night"
B-side: "Burn Bright"
Release date: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Right now, there are 2 pre-order options available in the MCR store for a limited edition box set (note: you can also buy these one-at-a-time if you don't want the set), featuring all of the vinyl and digital downloads.

SHIPPED INDIVIDUALLY (you will receive each 7" on the release date)
ONE SHIPMENT (you get all of the records on the final release date)

Both packages include: a Conventional Weapons poster, digital downloads on their release dates and a "custom slip box to hold all" of the vinyl!

There is also a new t-shirt with the album art for Number One on it!


(I will add more details soon and some of the backstory on the tracks later. I was leaving for an Alkaline Trio show just as the big news was announced; so, that is why this is late! And, I'm BEAT for the night! Haha!)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

My Chemical Romance's Frank Iero reveals 'Conventional Weapons' project

UPDATE: September 14, 2012 @ 12:00 p.m. EST 
The info in my original post (below) was posted a BIT early; so, I had removed it...until now.

My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero has posted an official blog entry explaining the band's upcoming Conventional Weapons project and the story behind the band's Pre-Danger Days "scrapped" album

The project will include a series of releases, I'm assuming at least in part on 7" vinyl by the store listing from yesterday (below), of never-before-heard MCR songs from the band's 2008-2009 "scrapped album." There will be 5 releases, starting in October, each with 2 never-before-heard songs.

Iero said of the project:
"Recently we had a band meeting, we ended up talking about the past, and together we listened to those songs we created almost 4 years ago. We discussed the the way those songs made us feel, how they led us to where we are now and what the fate of those songs should be. How can we fully move on if we continue to hide the past? Together we decided that this chapter in My Chemical Romance's history no longer needed to be locked away.

So beginning in October we will be releasing 2 songs a month for 5 months. 10 songs in total from the Conventional Weapons sessions we did back in 2009. We hope you enjoy these time capsules, and that they may shed a little more light on how and where Danger Days came from, and maybe even where the future of MCR might be heading. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...and now it is finally time to lift the veil on Conventional Weapons."

More information about Conventional Weapons, including pre-order details and a tracklisting, will be released next week

For an idea of which tracks may be released through this project, check out my old post compiling titles from the scrapped album era!

Original Post: September 13, 2012 @ 4:01 p.m. EST
A 7" vinyl titled Conventional Weapons Number Four has been added to the My Chemical Romance online store.

The vinyl is set for release January 8, 2013, and you can pre-order it now

As some of you will remember, in April, 2010, the tentative album title Gerard gave Nylon Guys for what would become the scrapped album was: Conventional Weapons: We're No Match For Them

Perhaps a couple scrapped songs?  What do you guys think?

I will update this as more information comes.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

My Chemical Romance Digest: September 3-9

Here's an outline of what's been going on in the My Chemical Romance world since my previous "MCR digest" post on September 2.

September 9
Mysterious Killjoys Twitter account, @GaryLevko, tweeted the following:
Killjoy panel at this year's New York Comic Con? Sounds like it! I'll keep an eye open for more details as they come!

September 7
Speaking of Killjoys, comic book artist Vasilis Lolos recently talked briefly about the MCR side of the Killjoys project with Comic Book Resources.

Here's the excerpt where he discussed working with MCR on Killjoys:

"...The only beacon of light was the My Chemical Romance Killjoys/Danger Days project, where they flew me over to Los Angeles to chat and develop art designs and storyboards. It was the best. I got a new Fender Jaguar guitar, I stayed at the very chill Mikey Way and Alicia Way residence. I flew first class where I sat next to Leighton Meester and watched her face get all puzzled when she asked me what do I do and told her that I am a comic book artist. “You know, Spawn?” Good times. Then it was back to New York and straight back to my fortress of solitude in Athens, Greece, to work on the Killjoys project. A few months after it was back to the same old negative shit, the My Chemical Romance project went on hiatus in late 2009 and my American girlfriend at the time told me over an email that she doesn’t want me to go back to the U.S. I guess that gave me the initiative to end that awful relationship and move on to rebooting myself, my art and my career..."

September 4
UFC has released some merchandise with Gerard's face on it.
shirts | posters

September 3
Allan Amato, the photographer who shot Gerard and Mikey for Illuminate Parkinsons, posted a new picture of Gerard.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

My Chemical Romance digest: August 22-September 2

Here's an outline of what's been going on in the My Chemical Romance world since my previous "MCR digest" post on August 21.

With more going on now, I will try to make these posts a bit closer together in the future!

August 27
My Chemical Romance's "SING" appears on VH1 "Pop-Up Videos"  

August 28
My Chemical Romance's official website underwent a dramatic re-skin, including the addition of a new logo (pictured left).

Fans are to be advised that it is just a routine website re-skin that does not necessarily reflect new material.

UPDATE: (No) My Chemical Romance song to be featured on 'The Man With The Iron Fists' Soundtrack
The tracklisting was revealed for The Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack, of which MCR was said to be a part. There is no sign of them on the soundtrack.

However, that does not mean their music may not be a part of the film. They could appear in the larger score; they're just not on the soundtrack, it appears.

An anonymous commenter on my post cites a song called "Hell's Furious Bitches" as MCR's contribution to the film. I cannot confirm if that is valid information or trolling (Ha!), but it's something I'll keep looking into.

August 29
My Chemical Romance's Frank Iero contributes song to 'Frankenweenie Unleashed!' soundtrack  
"This Song Is A Curse"! What do you think it might sound like? 

deadmau5 releases "Professional Griefers" video featuring Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance)  

Details of Gerard's mysterious, once-in-a-lifetime performance at MorrissonCon have been revealed:
"MorrisonCon kicks off in style with a new collaborative project — a one-off, never-to-be-repeated performance created especially for this event. Grant Morrison teams up with Gerard Way and James Dewees of My Chemical Romance for The Con — a thirty minute spoken-word piece with music. Part short story, part history, part occult ritual, as Howard Hughes faces Liberace in a duel to the death for the soul of Las Vegas!"
Frank Iero admitted that he is a "packrat loser" on Twitter and proceeded to show off the awesome MCR relics he found while he was cleaning:

August 30
MCR Data pointed out that Mikey Way is featured on the Fender website, promoting his Squier Mustang bass!

September 1
An ad featuring Mikey also appeared in Bass Player Magazine! (scan via MCR Brazil)