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July 23 is the fan-proclaimed International My Chemical Romance Day (better known as IMCRD), and though MCR announced their breakup in late March, the MCRmy is still holding strong to this holiday celebrated on the release anniversary of MCR’s first album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love.
“The most common question I’ve been getting since the break up was whether IMCRD would go on at all,” says Devan Mickell, a long-time fan who is manning the @IMCRD Twitter account which helps direct fans on the big day, this year.
“I was actually really surprised by how many people thought that MCR’s break up would jeopardize IMCRD. Yes, it’s about celebrating our love and appreciation for a band, but it’s also about the experiences we’ve shared, the friends we’ve made the family we’ve gained, and how we’ve all grown and changed over the years with one another. To me, IMCRD is far more about the MCRmy than anything else”
For many of fans of the band, it was tough finding ways to connect with other members of the fanbase, especially in the early days when beyond spotting other kids in MCR shirts, going to shows and lurking the now defunct WBR Street Network message boards, there was no way to really connect.
The advances in technology since then opened very simple ways to find other fans and to stay in touch, both online and in real life. IMCRD celebrates the beauty of that, of fan unity and of a strong community built around mutual passion for the band.
Throughout the years, this grassroots holiday has spawned large-scale fan meetups, charity fund-raisers, effortless Twitter trending and many creative endeavors from the fan community.
20 Ways to celebrate IMCRD 2013
1. Attend A Meetup
Head to the “Gangs” section of the MCRmy (which will continue to remain active) or to your local fan page to see if local fans are planning to meet.
2. Create Something (Anything!)
Any Killjoy worth his or her weight in spraypaint and Zone dust knows that “art is the weapon.” Likewise, anyone who follows Gerard Way on Twitter knows that “#ArtIsSmart.” So pick up your weapon of choice today and make something.
3. Donate to charity
My Chem were always great proponents of giving back. From their work with the Make-A-Wish foundation and Shirts For A Cure, to Frank Iero’s custom Macbeth “Fuck Cancer” shoes and the #SingItForJapan fund for tsunami relief spearheaded by Ray Toro, the band always gave back and would surely love to see fans honoring their message by doing the same.
4. Listen to MCR in a new light
A couple months ago, Gerard Way took to Twitter to have listening parties for each of the band’s album’s offering his perspective and behind-the-scenes facts. Listening to the albums while perusing his Twitter commentary is one way to enrich your listening experience.
5. Get an MCR tattoo
This is something that has been on my personal to-do list since I was 14. Why wait? Tomorrow doesn’t exist.
6. Spam your Twitter followers
This year’s official IMCRD hashtag is #MCRmyForLife. Use it to celebrate the band’s career and tell others why you’re in it for life.
7. Celebrate the new work of the MCR members
All four MCR members have announced that they are embarking on new endeavors, some of which you can already hear online. Check out Ray Toro’s solo song “Isn’t That Something?,” “Where Are My Fucking Pills?” by Death Spells (Frank Iero and James Dewees) and Gerard Way’s “Zero Zero.”
8. Bask in nostalgia
If you’re like me, you have overflowing archives of endless MCR information. Here’s a quick directory of AP issues on which MCR have been on the cover or have been featured prominently:
–May 2003 (AP 178)
–February 2004 (AP 187)
–August 2004 (AP 193)
–December 2004 (AP 197) – COVER
–January 2006 (AP 210) – COVER
–December 2006 (AP 221) – COVER
–July 2008 (AP 240)
–January 2010 (AP 258) – COVER
–March 2011 (AP 272) – COVER
–November 2012 (AP 292) – Gerard Way and deadmau5
–June 2013 (AP 299) – Death Spells
–July 2013 (AP 300) – Gerard Way’s reimagining of their first COVER
9. Pick up an instrument
Both Mikey Way and Frank Iero have signature instruments—the Mikey Way Fender Squier Mustang bass and the Epiphone Wilshire Phant-o-matic, respectively. Pick up a guitar today and start practicing and saving up for one.
10. Write a letter to Gerard Way
Shortly after MCR broke up, Gerard Way published an address and asked fans to write to him or send him anything that could fit in an envelope. When we spoke to the singer a month later, he told us it was tough, and he was surprised by the response, but he’s still going to try to get through all the letters he receives. Send yours to:
Warner Bros Records
c/o Gerard Way
3300 Warner Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
Just don’t send any packages. And “don’t make it weird.”
11. Go on a scavenger hunt to find a new copy of Bullets on CD for a reasonable price
Seriously. We’re not sure what it is—Eyeball Records going out of business, opportunists scalping because of the breakup, or what—but for whatever reason, finding a copy of I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love on CD online is quite the task these days.
12. Catch up on issues one and two of The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys
The comic series (which began as a comic series that informed the album, then became informed by the album) follows the life of “The Girl” depicted in the band’s Danger Days videos several years later. For bonus fun: Go on a hunt with some fellow MCR fans for the issues’ alternate covers! (Current issues and preorders available.)
13. Watch Life On The Murder Scene
You’ve probably seen it a million times, and you’re probably going to cry, but it never hurts. Plus sitting on your couch watching a DVD is “easy-peasy pumpkin-peasy. Pumpkin pie, motherfucker!” While you’re at it, you might as well whip out The Black Parade Is Dead! and ¡Venganza!
14. Dress up
Be fearless. Go to work in full Killjoys garb! Well, depending on your job or school, that is. If you can’t go to that extreme, or if you don’t want to go with the full on unholy living dead look, wearing a T-shirt, badge or subtle writing on your arm to show your support works just fine.
15. Listen to this two-hour 2005 Loveline interview
Yes, the sex advice show. NSFW.
16. Help out a fellow fan
Whether you’re an older fan who wants to welcome a younger one to the MCRmy or if you simply notice someone who wants or needs help, extend a helping hand and feel better for having done something nice.
17. Read Frank Iero’s writing
You can find the former MCR guitarist’s fiction-writing, poetry, rants, reviews, meme-generation and photography at frank-iero.com.
18. Celebrate with cupcakes
20. Heed this advice from Frank Iero:
“Your Imagination is the Ammunition.
Stay Dirty, and Stay Dangerous.
Create and Destroy as you see fit.
Embrace your Originality.
The Aftermath is Secondary.
You can and should do Anything.”
Now, GET UP AND GO!
How will you celebrate today? Reply with your plans and share on Twitter using the #MCRmyForLife tag. You might see your photo here later!
Our fearless leader acknowledges our efforts:
Dear friends, the March 22 was is a day we will never forget, all this tragic news hit us all in different ways.
My Chemical Romance came into our hearts and helped us in life in different ways, some people had the great opportunity to go to concerts and listen to their songs live, some people had the miracle of being able to meet them, chat with them, take pictures with them and ask for an autograph.
MCRmy is stronger than it looks, so I would like to wish you my dear friends, shared your story with us, you can talk about anything, for example:
- ¿How you met MCR?
- ¿How helped you MCR in you life?
- ¿How you felt when MCR announced his separation?
Things like that. not necessarily have those options, just gave them an idea to be inspired.
If you ever you were to one of their concerts or you meet to mcr, tell us your experience , if you have photos or videos would be even better. The best stories, photos or videos will be posted on our website, Facebook and Twitter. Ah! also you can send your artworks.
No matter if it is in English or in Spanish, the only thing that matters is your story.
You can send your stories through inbox by Facebook or Twitter, or our email firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to put your name, city and country.
Thanks to all the people who follow us on social media, thanks for helping us grow. MCRmy is strong and always will be!
MY CHEMI-KILL ROMANCE!
Gerard Way and Mat Devine join forces on the Kill Hannah man’s solo record!
KILL HANNAH frontman Mat Devine might currently be busy recording music minus the help of his bandmaster, but the vocalist haven’t been too lonely in the studio – he’s had a guest to keep him company!
“Gerard and I have known each other from the very beginning”
Mat says of his friendship with the My Chemical Romance frontman.
“I have the first ever cassette that My Chem did and Mikey [Way MCR bassist] was at one time going to be in Kill Hannah. He was a 16-years-old kid, and I had to talk to his mom on the phone because we wanted him to fly out Chicago! (Laugh) That’s how long we’re known each other!”-
Luckily for Mat, Gerard certainly didn’t need permission from anyone to fly to Los Angeles last week and work on a track for Gold Blooded, the frontman’s first solo album, which will be released this summer.
“The track we worked on is a real daring song” Mat reveals “It’s a ballad a very tender love-song dutt intended for a guy and a girl called Falling In Love Will Kill You. When Gerard and I sing it together, something really crazy happens. The song is also a real statement” he continues. “I say it’s daring because as far as I know, I’ve never heard two male singers in a love-song dutt. It was one of those things where the minute Gerard got in the [studio’s vocal] booth, everyone started high-fiving. It was wonderful, one of those moments that you know you’ll always remember.”
“MIKEY WAY NEARLY JOINED KILL HANNAH” Mat Devine
Matt also has a message for Kill Hannah fans who are worried about yet another delay to the band’s first album since 2009.
“We’ve finished writing a new record, and it’s insane but in terms of actually releasing it, the conversations are endless” Mat admits “We’ve been through four managers and three major record labels, so going forward…we need everything to be right. And realistically, that means it won’t be out until 2014.”
In the meantime, though, Mat attentions are all about Gold Blooded – and maybe returning the favour to Gerard.
“If all works out, I’m definitely gonna head down and do some vocals in the next My Chemical Romance album” Mat says. “We’ll see. This is the most Gerard and I have hung out in a long time though, and I don’t want to be the guy hanging around outside his house [laughs]”
Mat Devone’s Gold Blooded is scheduled for release in August 6
MCR: THE NEW ALBUM!
“There are six songs – and I’ve heard four!”
Mat spills the beans on the top-secret new MCR record! He’s like a rock spy…
Gerard Way’s not only been busy working with Mat on his sale EP, it the Kill Hannah mean is to be believed. Oh no -Gerard’s also been busy tackling (deep breath, now) the next My Chemical Romance album. And Mat’s heard some of it!
“It’s incredible!” Mat says of one of rock’s most anticipated records. “It’s a slightly new territory; it’s an evolution. I’ve heard four new songs. It’s exactly in line with what My Chem fans will be thrilled to hear, but at the same time it really marks what I think is a new phase [for the band]. It’s super-refreshing, but at the same time familiar in the way you want it to be.”
And Mat would know, too, as he hast first-hand experience of some of the songs!
“Gerard has air songs, and he’s looking for some more” Mat says. “It’d be kind of impact on the record be’s making, but I’m asking [about it] might be turning his head a little bit. If you don’t mind. Matt..we’ll be sending you a list of thing’s we’d love to sing on that new MCR record” be a pai and plant a few atem it’s Gerard’s mind for us, would ya?I take the time to pass this article if you want to share or copy please do not forget to give credits, Thanks -Destroya
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