Nostalgic news from the past

January 4th, 2012
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Hey all, I found this article from 2008 that I thought I had posted about when it came out, but I guess not. Thanks to Kevin W. Smith for recognizing Ray-Toro.com as an important enough fansite to mention. 🙂

After ‘The Black Parade,’ band struggles to find new direction

By Kevin W. Smith ksmith@azstarnet.com | Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2008 12:00 am in the Arizona Daily Star

A year ago, My Chemical Romance brought its explosive live show to the massive Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, a place that can hold close to 18,000 fans.

On Saturday night, the New Jersey five-piece will play a sold-out show at the more intimate Rialto Theatre. The Downtown venue will be brimming with 1,400 or so fans.

For this tour, the hard-rock act seems to have abandoned the stadiums and arenas it played following the 2006 release of its second major-label full-length CD, “The Black Parade.”

In a phone interview with Caliente last year, the group’s drummer said he wasn’t sure where the band was heading after the grandiosity of “The Black Parade,” a prog-rock epic.

“We’ve completely f— ourselves,” said Bob Bryar from Australia. “We’ve kind of backed ourselves into a corner right now. So, we’re not even going to think about that. Whatever happens, happens.”

Earlier this year, singer and goth-teen pin-up Gerard Way told NME.com he expects the next album will be more stripped down and that the band will “cut loose more.”

We’re not sure what My Chemical Romance cutting loose will sound like (Bachman-Turner Overdrive?), but what does the future-future hold?

Caliente looked into its crystal ball to see what life will be like for some members of My Chemical Romance.

2014: The band announces it is going on indefinite hiatus to pursue other artistic endeavors.

2015: Singer Gerard Way continues authoring comic books in the vein of his 2007 release, with its ultra-specific and ridiculously long title, “My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way presents The Umbrella Academy Apocalypse Suite #1: The Day the Eiffel Tower Went Berserk.”

Way also releases a solo album, in which he moves more into a singer-songwriter, alt-country direction. The first single ends up on the soundtrack to the Rob Zombie-directed “Saw XXXIV: 3-D.”

2017: Bassist Mikey Way becomes a confessional music blogger in the tradition of former girlfriend and ex-manager of My Chemical Romance, Ultragrrrl aka Sarah Lewitinn.

2018: Guitarists Frank Iero and Ray Toro take over each other’s fan sites, frank-iero.net and ray-toro.com, in an effort to slam each other’s solos after years of pent-up but largely undetectable animosity. Also, Toro announces he is Iero’s father.

2019: Bryar writes a tell-all book, in which he reveals what it was like to join My Chem before the recording of “The Black Parade” and critiques other famous drummers like Travis Barker and Tommy Lee. He also disputes Toro’s paternity claim and insists that he’s Iero’s real father. The book, “Bryar For Hire,” is a commercial disaster.

2024: 10 years after announcing its hiatus, My Chemical Romance reforms for a summer tour. The group performs to sell-out crowds across the country, including Tucson’s new Downtown arena, with the majority of ticket buyers forced to hire baby sitters.

But the old fans still remember when My Chem played the Rialto way back when.

New Album Confirmed

September 18th, 2010
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My Chemical Romance confirm new album

via NME, September 18, 2010

My Chemical Romance have revealed details of their long-awaited fourth album.

As has been speculated, the album will be titled ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ and released later this autumn.

The band have posted a teaser trailer at Mychemicalromance.com. The Tarantino-style clip sees the band listening to a pirate radio broadcast and dressed in biker gear, with Gerard Way sporting bright red hair.

The clip then goes on to flash slogans “Art is the weapon / against life as a symptom / defend yourself / the aftermath is secondary”.

The album was planned for release earlier in the year, with tracks previewed including ‘Bullet Proof Heart’ and ‘Black Dragon Fighting Society’. Way had promised a “stripped down” new direction, but the band went back to work on the record again following the departure of Bob Bryar.

Bob Bryar we love you & wish you the best

March 6th, 2010
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I just found out about this today, and just wow. I cannot believe this has happened. Bob, I love you and know you are an amazing drummer, person, and friend. I wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors and you will be missed!

One chapter ends and another begins…

posted by Frank on Mar 3, 2010 05:59pm

Hello Friends,

Recently it seems as though every time we write to you guys we have bad news, and we apologize for that, but we’ve learned in life you can’t have the sweet without the sour. As a band we have been very fortunate over the years that our sweet times have greatly outweighed the sour ones, and a great deal of that is owed to you, the fans. Which is why we wanted this news to come from us and not some bullshit gossip site.

As of 4 weeks ago, My Chemical Romance and Bob Bryar parted ways. This was a painful decision for all of us to make and was not taken lightly. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and expect you all to do the same.

We also wanted to give you all a quick heads up on how the record is progressing. We have been writing some very powerful new songs so this week the four of us entered the studio once again, and what has been ending up on tape each night is some of the most exciting and honest work we have ever created.

We hope this letter finds you well, we miss you…
talk to you soon,
xo MCR

Alternative Press cover story!

November 22nd, 2009
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MCR hits the cover of Alternative Press

posted by Jeff on Nov 19, 2009 01:13pm

My Chemical Romance will grace January’s issue of Alternative Press with the most anticipated album of 2010. Each band member will have their own cover, and subscribers to the magazine will receive a special edition with all 5 members. Check out the cover with all 5 of them, and then check out the covers for Gerard, Ray, Frank, Mikey and Bob. Head over to altpress.com to become a subscriber if you aren’t already.

Ray posts in studio pics

October 10th, 2009
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Some in-studio pics

posted by Ray on Oct 08, 2009 10:33am


Hey all! Hope everyone is good. Quick update on the happenings here in MCR land.

We’re almost done tracking the record, and then moving on to mixing. This process has been really different and enlightening. When we went to Tokyo for the Summersonic shows, we came back recharged and remotivated, wanting to better what we had done before we left. What resulted was us writing some of our best songs on the record. Lesson learned? Sometimes you have to step back to get to the real heart of things…

Photo-shoot today, and damn’t none of my old clothes fit! Either time to go shopping, or time to hit a gym. Neither are choices I like…

Mine and Christa’s dog Bauer, who I posted a picture of a few weeks ago, has been diagnosed with CRF – chronic renal failure – which is insane for a dog his age. He’s three, and very sick. Unfortunately, its something that you wouldn’t pick up on until its too late. We decided to bring him back home to Jersey where he can run in the grass and play, and luckily that seems to be making him feel better. The doctors out here are surprised at how well he looks considering the severity of his condition. He’s a tough little guy.

Putting some pictures up from in studio. Enjoy!