Monthly Archives: October 2011
In 1994 at the age of 16 years Gerard Way he published his own series called “On Raven’s Wings”, This was published by Boneyard Press. This series was canceled after only two editions, due to losing the art team; Curious thing about all this was that the comic was published under the name “Garry Way” as the author but was actually Gerard Way.
This comic is very difficult to find, is for sale on Amazon.com
My Chemical Romance’s Frank Iero Designs Guitar for Charity Guitarist also says new MCR music could come out by next summer
“I toock on it and headstock, changed the tuners around, and fucked a little bit with the electronics – and we made the Phant-o-matic,”
Iero tells Rolling Stone. took the body from the Wilshire, I took the Anico Humbuckers out of the Les Paul, I put the Les Paul ne
As a kid, Iero says he had his dream celebrity guitar, the Kurt Cobain-created Jag-Stang. But being approached by Epip
hone to make his own model made Iero think about his family before any guitar legends.
“Basically when given this opportunity the first thing that came to mind was my dad buying me my first guitar,” he says. “And the reason I got into music was my grandfather and dads played drums and were in bands forever.”
So, what did his dad say about the Frank Iero Phant-o-matic? “They were like, ‘Are you serious? That’s crazy,'” he says. “My dad was super psyched.” And to pay tribute to his family, Iero is turning the venture into a philanthropic endeavor. “About six years ago my family was affected by multiple sclerosis and that was the first thing that came to mind. The only reason I would be doing this is because of my family, so why not give back?” he says, adding that Epiphone is matching every dollar he gives to MS
Designing guitars hasn’t been his only recent burst of creativity. He says My Chem have been very inspired of late as well.
“Whether it be writing a new My Chem record or working on a different kind of project, there are a couple of things that are coming in the works,” he says. “But I definitely see new music coming out or at least being worked on throughout the rest of this year and hopefully maybe something coming out by summer.”
Pull this pin, let this world explode! Let’s blow an artery! I’ll be your detonator! Gimme more, gimme more gimme more! … Whatever way they say it, My Chemical Romance’s return to Big Day Out is going to be explosive.
“Set openers don’t come much more high octane than Na Na Na followed by I’m Not OK. It makes you wonder if they’ve got enough in the tank to sustain a full set. Seems they do: MCR are close to the top of their game, a finely tuned machine that veer between frenetic and anthemic and frequently combine both, giving the MCRmy exactly what they want.” (NME, August 2011)
They broke out of the Jersey punk underground with 2002 debut I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, then 2004’s Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge,before heightening the drama with 2006’s game-changing rock opera The Black Parade.Just when fans thought they couldn’t take it any further, 2010’s Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys created a whole new world – a dystopian, disco-punk future where life is short, cars are fast, and where a raised voice is a lost soul’s best defence.
“My Chemical Romance wielded sonic superpowers … MCR proved there’s hope for rock’n’roll with Danger Days, and with more live shows like this they could save the world…There’s nothing more super than that.” (Artist Direct, November 2010)
As if they needed any more endorsement, in 2011 My Chemical Romance were blessed with such cultural honours as having their tune Sing performed on Glee, being accused of spreading propaganda by right-wing TV guy Glenn Beck, and being joined by legendary Queen guitarist Brian May on stage at Reading.
Still, no matter how much changes for singer Gerard Way, guitarists Frank Iero and Ray Toro and bassist Mikey Way, one thing remains true – their legion of dedicated followers. As The Guardian put it:
“The bond between the New Jersey pop-metalists and their fans is one of those phenomena that outsiders just don’t get.”
“They slayed, they dominated, they annihilated and controlled. MCR know they can veer in whatever direction they like and within a few seconds they’ll own everyone again.” (Rock Sound, October 2010)
As much theatre as live rock show, the My Chemical Romance experience is perhaps summed up best in their song Planetary (Go!):
“If my velocity starts to make you sweat, then just don’t let go, and if their heaven ain’t got a vacancy, then we just, then we just, then we just … Then we just get up and go!” That velocity will be in full effect at Big Day Out 2012.
On the line-up for the first day of Voodoo My Chemical Romance will be rocking out with their signature theatrics and crazy costumes. Ray Toro, on guitar and backup vocals, talks about the band’s plans for Halloween weekend in New Orleans, surprise plans for Voodoo, and their ever evolving sound.
What are you guys most excited about performing in New Orleans at Voodoo?
Well we’ve played in New Orleans a couple times before so we’re excited to get back to the city. It’s such an amazing place with a rich culture and energy. You can feel that energy empowering the shows we play in New Orleans. We’re even going to take time off after the show to hang out for the weekend. Some of the band members’ wives are flying in for the show so we’re excited to really kick back and enjoy the city.
Any plans for Halloween Costumes?
Well for Friday we have some secret plans involving costumes for our set at Voodoo but I can’t reveal too much about that. For Halloween, I don’t know if anyone else is dressing up but I know I am. It’s kind of fun to walk around pretending you’re someone else for the night.
What kind of a set are you guys thinking about playing for Voodoo?
It’s an hour set so we’re going to have to fit a lot in a short amount of time. We’ll probably play a good balance between Black Parade andDanger Days with maybe one or two songs from our first album. We’ll be playing to an audience that might or might not know us so we want to play some of our signature songs. We also want to try and make sure we play songs that our fans are looking forward to listening to. Because we’re playing to a lot of people we want to give the crowd kind of a mix of everything.
My Chemical Romance has a reputation for responding to events going on in the country and the world. How do you see your music responding to events going on today?
Well Danger Days addresses the growing internet culture of our society. People are more attuned to what’s going on all over the world and they’re seeing the changes happening on a global level. This internet culture also has a crazy effect on youth culture and their obsession with being famous on the internet without having to really do anything of merit or talent. There’s also more importance placed on having online friends versus real friends. So we’re trying to respond to these issues with that album. Our song SING is about raising your voice and making a change, like how people are doing right now with the internet. They’re able to get their voices heard to a greater audience than ever before.
Have you been working on anything new lately?
We like to change things up especially with being on the road. We’ve been on the road for two months now and we’re already getting antsy to start working on new material. We’re also always trying new things because it keeps our music constantly evolving.
What is the band’s process for creating music, especially since a lot of the songs have heavy emotional lyrics?
Gerard Way is really great about doing what feels right for him, so a lot of the lyrics come to him often on the spot. When he’s sketching a melody he also ends up sketching out the lyrics as well. We’ll keep changing these phrases for months or however long it takes for the song to be complete. In that sense we’re a very in-the-moment band.
Are you guys thinking about heading into a more electronic sound? Especially since Danger Days incorporates more electronic elements into the music than Black Parade does.
Well right now we’re working on more of an organic feel. WithDanger Days we did a lot of experimentation into that area with keyboards. It’s fun because you can make crazy sounds just by hitting one key, so we might mess around with that again. I don’t think we’ll ever go into all electronic or anything like that because at the end of the day we’re really four guys banging around on instruments.
This is going to be your last show in the United States, how do you guys feel about ending the US portion of your tour at Voodoo?
We’re so excited to play in New Orleans. I can’t imagine a better place to play, especially because it is our last stop in our US tour. There’s a lot of energy going on in the city and the festival. It’s a great line up with great artists. It’s going to be a fun weekend all around.
My Chemical Romance have branded fan fiction written about them ‘vile’.
Speaking in the video interview which can be seen above, frontman Gerard Way and bassist Mikey Way admitted they had read some band fan fiction but they didn’t like what they saw.Asked if he’d ever read any Mikey Way said: “I’ve only read one and it was vile.I vowed to never look at another again.
They always tell a story but there always needs to be that eroticism.”Meanwhile, asked why he decided to dye his hair red, Way said it was because he “didn’t want to conform to 30- something rock culture.
He added: “I wanted to get back to where I was as a kid in high school and art school, when I was discovering things and rebelling against things. (And I thought) We won’t get put on certain magazine covers because now we don’t confirm to a certain idea of ‘handsomeness'”In another video interview, which can be seen below, the band have revealed that they would invite The Vaccines to a party if they were to have one.
Frontman Gerard Way said that the West London four piece would be their ideal dinner dates.Fielding questions sent in by other bands, Way responded to the question:
“Who would be your ultimate party guest?” by saying: “I’m going to go ahead and say The Vaccines.
If we had a party we’d invite The Vaccines.My Chemical Romance recently parted ways with drummer Michael Pedicone. On September 4, 2011, it was revealed that Jarrod Alexander would be the new touring drummer for the remainder of the band’s US tour.