Monthly Archives: September 2011

musiciansfriend.com’s My Chemical Romance – October’s cover artist

Hitting It Big—Worldwide

Multi-platinum band My Chemical Romance grace this month’s catalog fresh from a back-to-back tour packed with songs from their fourth studio album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. The New Jersey rockers have soared to the heights of fame in just over a decade. The band’s music is heard on stages around the world and across pop culture—from video games to soundtracks and TV shows.

From the start, the band’s goal was to make a difference—a fervor born from tragedy. They formed in 2001, only one week after 9/11. Lead singer Gerard Way was commuting to his job as a commercial artist when he witnessed the attacks firsthand. Shock proved to be one potent chemical when he and his bandmates drew on their grief for musical inspiration.

Today, My Chemical Romance remains true to the inspiration behind their performances—from hard rock anthems to award-winning stage theatrics. Shop a full selection of the gear they used on their recent “World Contamination Tour.” And don’t miss our exclusive interviews with the band, all right here!

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My Chemical Romance planning new side projects

Frank Iero promises a quick return to the studio though


My Chemical Romance have said that they may well pursue new side projects as they come to the end of their touring cycle for their fourth album ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’. 
Speaking to Kerrang!, guitarist Frank Iero, who fronts his own sideproject Leathermouth already, has said that he believes the other members of the New Jerseyrockers could follow a similar path. 

Asked about the prospect of the other members of My Chemical Romanceforming side projects, Iero said:

“I can see the other guys branching off and doing other things. Gerard [Way] has his writing, and he has plans for that, but he wants to direct too. And Ray [Toro] is such an incredible talent. I’d love to see him get the credit he’s due. I can see us branching off, but always coming back to this.”

The guitarist also indicated that My Chemical Romance would be recording again soon adding:

 “We’re being very creative right now. There are some really bright and creative things going   on. At every soundcheck, we’re coming up with new pieces of music that could turn into something incredible. So we’re hoping to get into the studio soon and really harness that.”

Check out the new Epiphone Wilshire Phant-o-matic designed in collaboration with Frank Iero!

Introducing the Epiphone Wilshire Phant-o-matic

Epiphone is proud to announce one of our most anticipated new models, the Wilshire “Phant-o-matic.” Designed in collaboration with Frank Iero guitarist for multi-platinum band My Chemical Romance, the Wilshire “Phant-o-matic” combines an incredible array of features that only Epiphone would dare put in one instrument. The result is one of the smartest and most flexible guitars on the market with all the vintage styling that made Wilshire models a behind-the-scenes favorite of Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Paul Gilbert, and Steve Marriot.

Classic Form: Like our classic SG design, the Wilshire “Phant-o-matic” features a double cutaway design with a solid Mahogany body. The 24.75″ scale Mahogany hand-set neck has a 1960s SlimTaper(TM)  profile, a rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl block inlays, a 12″ radius, and a 1-11/16″ nut. The neck profile and double cutaway make the Wilshire “Phant-o-matic” a perfect guitar for chunking rhythm or cutting leads. The Antique Ivory finish, black single-ply pickguard, and classic form are eye catching to be sure. But what really sets the Wilshire “Phant-o-matic” apart from the pack is how it sounds.

Video courtesy of Musician’s Friend. Look for My Chemical Romance and Frank with his Wilshire Phant-o-Matic on the cover of the October 2011 MF catalog.

Premium Electronics: My Chemical Romance have sold almost 7 million albums worldwide and know a thing or two about what makes a great, reliable, and cutting edge instrument. Working closely together over several years of research and development, Frank Iero and Epiphone strove to make an axe that puts the sound of a dozen guitars at your fingertips. The result is what you make it — a straight ahead awesome rock guitar or something completely new and groundbreaking. The “Phant-o-matic” employs two classic Epiphone pickups, our famous Alnico Classic Plus(TM) Humbucker in the bridge and an Alnico Classic(TM) Humbucker in the neck position. To get the most of the wide tonal possibilities from this pickup arrangement, we’ve included a mono VariTone(TM), much like the one used most famously by blues legend B. B. King.

About the VariTone: The VariTone(TM) uses a six-way rotary switch which engages 5 pre-set notch filters and a bypass. In position one, the VariTone(TM) is completely bypassed. As you rotate the rotary switch into positions 2-6, the center frequency of the notch filter shifts from around 1.9kHz down to 130Hz, providing a player with a wide tonal palette unavailable on most other instruments. Positions 2 through 4 offer tonal shaping while still maintaining great clarity.  But keep turning and you’ll find Positions 5 and 6 shape-shift the Alnico Classic(TM) Humbuckers into a single-coil style pickup but without the thin quack usually associated with traditional single coil pickups. Add it all up and between the 6-position VariTone(TM) circuit and the 3-position toggle switch, you have 18 unique tones available. And if that wasn’t enough, Epiphone has included a high quality horn-mounted kill switch which provides an infinite range of staccato on/off effects. A master volume control is mounted with easy access to the VariTone(TM) rotary switch for quick adjustments.

Other Premium Features: Like many of our classic solid body electrics, the Wilshire “Phant-o-matic” uses our LockTone(TM) Tune-o-Matic(TM)/StopBar bridge for tuning and intonation accuracy. Machine heads are nickel Wilkenson(TM) vintage style tuners with green keys. And to protect it, Epiphone has included a premium, padded gigbag.
Peace of Mind!  As with every Epiphone, every Wilshire “Phant-o-matic” comes with the peace of mind you get from a Limited Lifetime Warranty backed by Gibson Musical Instruments’ famous 24/7/365 day Customer Service.  See and hear the groundbreaking Wilshire “Phant-o-matic” today!
Specifications:
Body Material: Mahogany
Neck Material: Mahogany
Neck Shape: 1960’s SlimTaper (TM)
Neck Joint: Glued-In
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Truss Rod Cover: 2-Layer (Black/White) with vintage “Epiphone” logo in gold
Scale Length: 24.75″
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with mother-of-pearl BLOCK inlays
Headstock: Clipped Ear(TM) 3-on-a-side with vintage “Epiphone” logo in gold
Bridge Pickup: Alnico Classic Plus(TM) Humbucker
Neck Pickup: Alnico Classic(TM) Humbucker
Controls: Master Volume Control, 6-Position Rotary VariTone(TM) notch filter. (Position 1: Bypass, Position 2: 5db at 1950hz, Position 3: 12db at 1100hz, Position 4: 16db at 620hz, Position 5: 18.5db at 360hz, Position 6: 21db at 120hz), Momentary KillSwitch(TM), 3-way pickup selector with black toggle cap
Binding: Fingerboard – Single Ply
Fingerboard Radius: 12″
Frets: 22; medium-jumbo
Bridge: LockTone(TM) tune-o-matic/stopbar
Nut Width: 1-11/16″
Hardware: Nickel
Machine Heads: Wilkenson(TM) Vintage style with Green Keys
Pickguard: Black; Single Ply
Other: Epiphone StrapLocks
Colors: Antique Ivory
Includes: Premium Gigbag
Options: Hard Case
Warranty: Epiphone Limited Lifetime

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My Chemical Romance’s “Welcome to the Black Parade” to be featured on upcoming Wii game: “We Sing Rock!”

Nordic Games, We Sing Rock! (Wii)

Monday September 26th 2011: Nordic Games Publishing has today revealed the full tracklist for the upcoming release of We Sing Rock! for Wii™, showcasing an all time classic array of sing-a-long rock anthems.

Over the last week the first 15 rocking tracks were revealed on the We Sing Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/WeSingGame). Each day, the page hosted three new videos, showing members of the public humming along to the forthcoming karaoke games’ tracks. Fans of the page were then able to enter a competition by guessing the track being hummed.

The full rock star tracklist includes 40 top tracks in the definitive rock themed singing game on Wii™, including songs from some of the world’s biggest rock acts including, Coldplay, Alice Cooper, Kasabian, My Chemical Romance and the king himself, Elvis! – all of which have received international acclaim. The songs span five decades of classic rock music, ensuring there’s something for all fans to rock out to.

 “We Sing Rock! boasts 40 of the best rock tunes from the last 50 years – it has all the rock tracks you’ve always wanted on a video game,”

says Nik Blower, sales and marketing director, Nordic Games. “All We Sing games have had an enviable tracklist; it’s the part of each game we spend the most time researching but even by our standards We Sing Rock! is a bit special.”

 To fully appreciate the entire tracklist ahead of the game’s launch, Spotify users can click here to access the official We Sing Rock! playlist.

 The full tracklist is as follows: 

 Artist Song

  • 30 Seconds to Mars Kings and Queens
  • 4 Non Blondes What’s Up
  • Alice Cooper Poison
  • Bloc Party The Prayer
  • The Cardigans My Favourite Game
  • Coldplay Violet Hill
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival Proud Mary
  • The Darkness I Believe in a Thing Called Love
  • Daughtry What About Now
  • Def Leppard Pour Some Sugar On Me
  • Elvis Presley Suspicious Minds
  • Europe The Final Countdown
  • Evanescence Bring Me to Life
  • Extreme More Than Words
  • Faith No More Epic
  • Franz Ferdinand Take Me Out
  • Free All Right Now
  • Garbage I Think I’m Paranoid
  • Gossip Standing in the Way of Control
  • Heart Alone
  • INXS Never Tear Us Apart
  • Kasabian Underdog
  • KT Tunstall Suddenly I See
  • Limp Bizkit Rollin’
  • Meredith Brooks Bitch
  • Motörhead Ace Of Spades
  • My Chemical Romance Welcome to the Black Parade
  • The Offspring Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)
  • OK Go Here It Goes Again
  • Panic! at the disco Nine in the Afternoon
  • Paramore Ignorance
  • The Pretenders Brass in Pocket
  • Robert Palmer Addicted to Love
  • Scorpions Wind of Change
  • Sheryl Crow All I Wanna Do

  • Simple Minds Don’t You (Forget About Me)
  • Survivor Eye of the Tiger
  • Tina Turner The Best
  • Wheatus Teenage Dirtbag
  • Whitesnake Here I Go Again ’87

 

 

The majority of the tracks on We Sing Rock! include the original artist videos and each track has its own rating and can be played in short or full length song modes.

Fun for all the family, We Sing is the only singing series of games to support four players in any Party mode, using four separate microphones. Party mode includes We Sing, Versus, Group Battle, Pass The Mic, First to X, Marathon, Blind and Expert.

There’s also Solo mode and Karaoke mode, which strips the track of vocals to really challenge players, or those that fancy an authentic karaoke experience.

Other features include Singing Lessons to help singers fine tune their voices and a Jukebox to queue up songs like their own personal music channel.

In-game awards come from playing either single or multiplayer modes, adding further depth and replay value to We Sing Rock!. Plus, once a track has been sung, players can replay performances and add cool effects to their voice.

 More points come thanks to Star Notes which provides extra points for hitting hard notes and Player Statistics give a detailed breakdown on performance on notes hit and missed with a comment on your performance at the end.

 

Frank Iero Interview [Video]

My Chemical Romance [Interview]

Scans NME: My Chemical Romance

Acoustic Session at 104.5 FM / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Setlist:

  • Helena
  • Cancer
  • The Kids From Yesterday

 

 Click here to download the complete presentation!

Helena

 

Cancer

The Kids From Yesterday

Pictures!

Candids- My Chemical Romance!

REVIEW: Honda Civic Tour

Xcel Energy Center and Honda presents…My Chemical Romance and Blink-182 on the Honda Civic Tour

I have never seen Blink-182 and was curious what it was all about. Going into this show my expectation was not that high. Mat and Kim opened up. Was not there in time to see them.My Chemical Romance was next and they came out with a solid performance. Gerard Way knows how to connect with his audience as he concentrates on them and them only. Ray Toro and Frank Iero were having a hell of a time in St. Paul. I also found out bassist Mikey Way was working with a brand new drummer whom he has only been with the band a week. Over all very well put together set from My Chemical Romance. Also, before the show they had an advertisement on the big commercial screen on the stage towards the Make A Wish foundation work they consistently do… it was a nice touch from a rock band. Way to go guys!Blink-182 fans are dedicated, simple as that. Fans up front with signs, crazy people in the pit, and all of whom have stuck with them for years. Coming into the show I personally knew only a total of 3 songs. Not looking for much but a good show but, I got way more than I expected.

Hitting the stage and not stopping until 90 minutes later. Dirty jokes and dirty talk between songs, well if you know them you know what you get. I was not expecting a stage show that seems right out of 80′s. The stage consisted of the band, a gigantic video screen, and a ton of stage lights. While sitting in back directly in front of the stage it looked 3D, but with no glasses! Oh yeah, did I mention the insane use of lasers? I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I applaud anyone that uses lasers. Travis took a page right out of Tommy Lee’s drum solo secret manual. When seeing the set list I saw the drum solo was 3rd to last song. And I thought ‘why would anyone do a drum solo then?’… sure enough they showed me why. When you go to this years Honda Civic Tour (which I would highly recommend) do not leave early. You have to see this drum solo, which I’m not about to spoil.


The stage show and video screens are amazing and have showed me once again how surprised you can be by a concert. Overall, a great show!