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#MCRmyForLife - International My Chemical Romance Day 2013

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Killjoys Never Die: Much to say, much to do

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Busy.

That's what life is.

But today, I have a day off(-ish), and I'm going to spend it populating my home, here, with the MCR-related pieces I've written for my "big blog," I'll call it--AltPress.com.

So much to say. So much to treasure. Just keep in mind that invisibility always wears off.


3-2-1, BOOM.

XoXo
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Ray Toro posts solo song, "Isn't That Something"

Note: This post has been backdated. Originally posted on AltPress.com May 24, 2013 at 10:22 p.m. ET

Ray Toro has posted a solo song on his SoundCloud account, The Real Ray Toro. Toro stated in a tweet that he completed all facets of the song completely on his own. Stream it and let me know what you think!


I played everything. Sang everything. Recorded everything. Mixed everything. Myself.
— raytoro (@raytoro) May 25, 2013
We've now heard new material from Gerard, Frank and Ray. Mikey next? Possibly. 

"I’m definitely not taking a break" - Gerard Way talks future musical ventures

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Note: This post has been backdated. I originally posted this on AltPress.com May 22, 2013 at 6:24 p.m. ET


In a new article from Yahoo! Music, former My Chemical Romance frontman and newly announced AP 300 cover star Gerard Way talks about his post-MCR musical work.

While remaining vague about the direction his work is taking ("I’m just trying to figure out exactly what I’m supposed to do. I take a cue from the universe and I think about that pretty deeply and go with my gut 100 percent."), the singer expressed that he's "usually up until a minimum of 2 a.m. writing music" these days. What he does reveal is that he does not foresee his musical works becoming a solo project.

"I’ve never seen myself as a solo guy. Some of my favorite artists, like Nick Cave and Tom Waits, are so far beyond me right now and I feel that if I was going to do something like what they do, I’d have to be a lot older and I’d need a lot more life experience. So I don’t feel like doin…

"You Cannot Destroy Me:" A reflection on life and My Chemical Romance

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Frank Iero reflects on the end of My Chemical Romance

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In the latest post on his blog, Frank Iero--My Chemical Romance rhythm guitarist and self-proclaimed biggest fan--has shared his thoughts on MCR's disbandment. Read it in full, below:
"Greetings friends and acquaintances, on-lookers and rubberneckers, enemies and indifferents, believers and fakers,I needed to take some time to myself this past week. i felt a moment (or maybe a few moments) of silence was deserved and required. it was my intention to let the dust settle a bit, not form, on the recent mychem announcement. a large chunk of my life (jeez, almost half my life) was devoted to that band and all that went with it, and i felt a week of quiet reflection was the least i could do to honor it and all involved.
I have written, deleted and rewritten this letter way too many times than i care to remember. i am not much for eulogies so i will keep this short and to the point. i don't believe in holding back your feelings or emotions unti…

Gerard Way posts fan mail address; reflects on MCR albums

Note: This post has been backdated. I originally posted it on AltPress.com March 28, 2013 at 1:13 ET

UPDATE: April 18 at 8:46 a.m. EDT
Gerard has updated the address to the former My Chemical Romance fanmail address; as, "it had started to become 'unpleasant' at the local USPS Office."You can now send letters (only, no packages) to the following address:
Warner Bros Records
c/o Gerard Way
3300 Warner Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
ORIGINAL POST: March 28 at 1:13 p.m. EDT
Gerard Way, vocalist of recently disbanded My Chemical Romance has released a public fanmail address via Twitter. The singer prefaces use of the address will two guidelines: "1. I cannot pass along anything to anyone else. 2. Don't make it weird."
Fans can send mail to Way at the following address:
Gerard Way
P.O. Box 572800
Tarzana, CA 91357 Way has also recently opened up communications about MCR's body of work on Twitter. Check out a stream of tweets reflecting on The Black Parade and…

Gerard Way reflects on My Chemical Romance break-up

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In a Twitlonger post, Gerard Way has shared words of wisdom and comfort following Friday's break up announcement. View the complete post, below:

"A Vigil, On Birds and Glass.
I woke up this morning still dreaming, or not fully aware of myself just yet. The sun poked through the windows, touching my face, and then a deep sadness overcame me, immediately, bringing me to life and realization- My Chemical Romance had ended.

I walked downstairs to do the only thing I could think of to regain composure-
I made coffee.

As the drip began, in that kind of silence that only happens in the morning, and being the only one awake, I stepped outside my home, leaving the door open behind me. I looked around and began to breathe. Things looked to be about the same- a beautiful day.

As I turned to step back into the house I heard sound from within, a chirp and a rustle. And I noticed a small brown bird had flown into the library. Naturally, I panicked. I…

My Chemical Romance break up

Note: This post has been backdated. I originally posted this on AltPress.com (unfortunately) March 22, 2013 at 10:53 p.m. ET

In a short blog post on their website, My Chemical Romance have announced the end of the band. Read the full statement below:

"Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We've gotten to go places we never knew we would. We've been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We've shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.
My Chemical Romance." Beyond any sadness, what I feel the most is pride. twitter.com/gerardway/stat…
— Gerard Way (@gerardway) March 23, 2013

Shirts For A Cure release new PSA featuring My Chemical Romance

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Note: This post has been backdated. I originally posted this on AltPress.com March 6, 2013 at 10:10 a.m. ET  

Shirts for A Cure have released a new PSA featuring members of My Chemical Romance, Rise Against, the Bouncing Souls, Glassjaw, Thursday and more. Watch below as the musicians talk about for whom they wear the shirts, which fund the Syrentha J. Savio Endowment (SSE) to raise breast cancer awareness.



SSE founder Mark Beemer is currently raising funds to  re-issue his photography book, Stealing Time: 23 Years Of Punk Images. All proceeds go to the endowment. If you're interested in supporting, you can check out the new IndieGoGo Campaign.

Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) tracks guest vocals for Mat Devine (Kill Hannah) solo project

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Note: This post has been backdated.  I originally posted this on AltPress.com February 20, 2013 at 11:16 a.m. ET

Kill Hannah frontman Mat Devine (pictured left) is currently recording his first solo LP, Gold Blooded, which will apparently feature vocals from My Chemical Romance frontman, Gerard Way. Check out posts from the studio, below:
Photo: DAY 13: THANK U @gerardway for recording such gorgeous vocals! What a day. #goldbloodedtmblr.co/ZKHc3xeYM1fF
— mat devine ☂ (@matdevineslife) February 20, 2013
(Photo via: thesloney on instagram)

Way also visited Devine in studio earlier this month to sign his Gold Blooded guestbook, and according to an instagram post, was equipped with new MCR demos:
Photo: DAY 8: AMAZING studio visit from great friend @gerardway -generously lending his wisdom- and geeking... tmblr.co/ZKHc3xe4uzFb
— mat devine ☂ (@matdevineslife) February 13, 2013

Frank Iero creates website, posts "Be My Baby" cover

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Note: This post has been backdated. I originally posted this on AltPress.com January 13, 2013 at 3:36 p.m. ET

Frank Iero, guitarist of My Chemical Romance, has launched a personal website and posted a cover of "Be My Baby" on his SoundCloud page, which also hosts his anti-Chistmas song "xmas sux."

Of the cover, Iero says, "A few months ago I went into my good friend's studio, North End, and together we stayed up late, had some drinks, and [made] some music. One of the things that survived that session was a cover of 'Be My Baby', originally written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich and made famous by the Ronettes in 1963. I played all the noises and my friend Eddie recorded them. 'Be My Baby' was once one of the greatest songs ever made....Listen to how i have destroyed it."