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My Chemical Romance Visit the GRAMMY Museum

by Cindy Robinson

My Chemical Romance recently visited the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live before heading to Japan to kick off their World Contamination Tour in support of their latest hit album, Danger Days: the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Vocalist Gerard Way, bassist Mikey Way along with guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero sat down for the Museum’s An Evening With series in the 200 seat Clive Davis Theater. The intimate question-and-answer session was led by Bob Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum.

The MCRmy began lining up outside of the museum the night before, with some people traveling from as far as Argentina to attend the event. The audience was a great representation of the mix of people MCR draw to their concerts as people of all ages took advantage of the opportunity to see a great band discuss their career in an intimate setting.

The band were candid and open discussing how the events of Sept. 11, 2001, profoundly influenced MCR and helped shape the formation of the band. The Way brothers were especially moved by the incident and were inspired to change the course of their lives.

“I was doing something really irrelevant at the time that I didn’t feel was important, and I remember thinking to myself that I can’t waste this,” Gerard Way said. “What I ended up processing in my head is that life isn’t a game. It isn’t something you waste.”

Just after the events of 9/11 the band had their first rehearsal with the Way brothers, Toro and then-drummer Matt Pelissier. At the time, Iero was the guitarist for punk band Pencey Prep and supported MCR from afar as their first true fan.

“I remember being a fly on the wall when they finished the first song they ever really recorded, and they were so excited about it,” Iero said. “They would play it over and over again and high five each other.” Iero ribbed vocalist Way for high fiving the band members after completing a song but they chuckled as they admitted to still doing it now.

The band openly discussed their early years, their various musical roots with Santelli and appeared to be genuinely moved by fans traveling from as far as Argentina, and sharing stories of being inspired by MCR’s music to help them get through the rough times.

Iero became visibly emotional when a young cancer survivor named Melissa asked the group what their inspiration was for the song Cancer. The band spoke about spending time with children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and how they were humbled by their experiences and amazed by the strength these families showed.

 “We all come from such different backgrounds musically. We played what was in us and that’s really how the sound was formed,” Toro said. “I think we have a unique sound and a unique take on music, and that take is anything goes.”

Toro’s roots are founded in heavy metal, with Iero coming from punk inspiration and the Way brothers grew up on the glam sounds of David Bowie.

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The intimate audience of 200 were treated to a signed CD from the band along with the opportunity for a group photo on their way out.

My Chemical Romance is currently on tour and about to take over Europe with a series of dates in February and March before returning to the USA in April for more shows.

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MCR launches Danger Days and World Contamination in Los Angeles

Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance recently launched their 4th album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys during a sold out show at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip. The die hard MCRmy donned their Killjoy finest and lined up as far as 24 hours in advance to get a prime spot for this high energy rock show. MCR set up a carnival complete with a tattoo parlor on site and stilt-walker to entertain the Killjoys waiting in line. MTV broadcast the concert live across the USA.

Singer Gerard Way and the band burst onto the stage with the first single from their new album Na Na Na and never let the energy wane for the hour and fifteen minute set.  It was a solid, fist pumping, rib crushing, dancing mass of sweaty people as fainting girls & stage crashers were passed overhead while the band paraded through new songs such as Sing, Planetray (GO!) and The Only Hope For Me is You along with MCR classics such as Desolation Row, Mama and Teenagers which had the audience eating out of their hands.

The band clearly enjoyed the energetic reception and strong sing along from the audience who even knew the words to the new songs.

The set ended all too quickly with the new track The Kids From Yesterday which felt hauntingly familiar yet fresh and new.

Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is an instant hit and a great follow-up to the Black Parade – whether you’ve been naughty or nice, add it to your holiday list and hope Santa stuffs one in your stocking! My Chemical RomanceBEST live show of 2010 handsdown.

 

I see & review a lot of shows every year, My Chemical Romance is not one to miss. MCR launchs their World Contamination Tour 2011 with a show in Osaka, Japan on January 31st before heading to Europe in February and launching a US tour in April. Tickets are on sale now! As a note to fans in Arizona – MCR will NOT be playing Arizona during this tour so you’d better save up to head to the Hollywood, Bakersfield or Las Vegas shows.

The band are also playing a few Christmas radio shows like KROQ‘s Almost Acoustic Christmas across the USA in December. The tickets went fast, but if you’re lucky, you might still be able to score one.

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My Chemical Romance Debut “Danger Days” at the Apollo in London

by Cindy Robinson

My Chemical Romance returned to the UK for their first show in three years to debut songs off their new album Danger Days: the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys on October 23rd. A rapturous sold out crowd at London’s Hammersmith Apollo rocked out to a host of new songs from the forthcoming album mixed in with everyone’s old favorites. MCR started the night off with a bang by opening with their first single from Danger Days, Na Na Na.

My Chemical Romance by Alessia Cifali

The night included fan favorites like Welcome to the Black Parade, Mama and I’m Not Okay along with new songs like The Only Hope For Me Is You and Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough for the Two of Us.

The band also debuted new drummer Mike Pedicone, who is from Tucson, AZ and a longtime friend of the band.

A complete slideshow of last night’s gig by photographer Alessia Cifali can be viewed here 

Danger Days: the The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys will be released on November 22nd. It looks like 2011 is going to be a very busy year for My Chemical Romance!

The 90 minute setlist included:

Na Na Na
Thank You For The Venom
Dead!
Cemetery Drive
Planetary (GO!)
I’m Not Okay (I Promise)
Give ‘Em Hell, Kid
Our Lady of Sorrows
I Don’t Love You
You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison
The Only Hope For Me Is You
Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough for the Two of Us
This Is How I Disappear
Welcome To The Black Parade
Helena
Mama
Teenagers
The Ghost Of You
Famous Last Words
Sleep
Cancer
The Kids From Yesterday

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