12 October 2011 @ 07:17 pm
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Wednesday October 12, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

By. Sulfursiren

While standing on the bank of the Hudson River in New Jersey and watching the twin towers fall ten years ago, Gerard Way could not have imagined that today he would be surrounded by over 15,000 fans. That long journey is what brings us here, to Clarkston, Michigan, preparing to witness something truly unique: a My Chemical Romance concert on the 10th anniversary of September 11th. As with every key show in their career, MCR rose to meet the moment and delivered an unforgettable performance.

From the opening audio onslaught of Na Na Na, My Chemical Romance demonstrated early in their set that this show was going to be one to remember. The band ripped into their songs with unparalleled ferocity and the crowd responded by increasing their excitement with each high kick and fist pump from Gerard, who applauded the audience’s wild energy. The crowd jumped as one to the sounds of Teenagers and Mama, including many energized Blink 182 fans. With the arrival of Helena, Gerard encouraged old fans and new fans to sing together and the audience countered by throwing their hands in the air.

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10 October 2011 @ 01:00 pm
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Monday October 10, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

The drive out to Cruzan was filled with anxiety and all kinds of useless negative thoughts clouding my head. But after driving for what felt a year but was only an hour or so, my sister arrived at the venue. After collecting our tickets and photo pass, I was instantly greeted by Nicole, whom I was meeting for the first time after running the South Florida MCRmy together since March. The area outside the amphitheater was hustling and bustling with a large crowd of people of all ages who were just as excited as I was as they got their Honda Civic Tour air brush tats, band merch, and other goodies I wanted to snag so badly. But alas, I had to prepare myself, for in less than thirty minutes or so, I'd be photographing my heroes.

The rest of the photographers and I were escorted to the press pit, and I held fort on Ray's side. I looked back to the diverse crowd, and as the countdown for My Chem commenced, I felt my heart stop.

I positioned my camera high, determined to capture the essence of MCR as they put on an awesome show. Still, an eternity of mental preparation couldn't have readied me for all the emotion I felt as the guys walked on stage. They instantly jumped into NaNaNa, and the crowd went insane, singing the words right back to Gerard full force.

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10 October 2011 @ 12:36 pm
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Monday October 10, 2011 | Posted by: MCRM

By. Taylor

September 29, 2011. Four months to the day since my very first My Chemical Romance concert and this time, my dreams of photographing them during concert were coming true. The atmosphere of the Honda Civic Tour show and the concert I attended in May of 2011 were very different things, and I'm glad I got to experience both.

Arriving at The Pavilion in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I honestly did not see a vast number of kids who looked to be big MCR fans. However, the ones I did see were dedicated beyond belief. I saw multiple fans dressed as Killjoys and many more than that wearing shirts and jackets from other MCR tours. Unfortunately, due to the timely process of receiving my press pass and having it confirmed, I was unable to take pictures of any of these awesome fans.

After I received clearance for my press pass, we were brought into the venue by the media director who was so helpful in showing us around the venue since we had never been there before and also giving me direction for what to do when it came down to go into the photo pit.

When the media director left us at our seats, we were very eager for the show to start. I had heard many good things about Matt & Kim, and I was very excited to see them live. They did not disappoint me, they were very talented and I enjoyed their set a lot. I don't know, though, if they were exactly fitting for the audience of My Chemical Romance and Blink-182 fans, so there were times during their performance when crowd enthusiasm was at low.

Towards the end of Matt & Kim's set I started to get butterflies as I knew it would soon be time to travel to the photo pit and photograph my favorite band while they performed, something that had been on my bucket list for years. When Matt & Kim finished playing I made my way to pick up my camera and then followed my escort to the entrance of the photo pit. It was about to happen, and I was beyond nervous.

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10 October 2011 @ 12:31 pm
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Monday October 10, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

by. Emma

Have you ever noticed how crazy life can get? One day you hear an amazing song by an amazing band for the first time, then two years from that exact day, you're in the photo pit taking pictures of that same band performing that same song.
Yeah...life can get pretty insane.

Soon after my friend Marlena and I arrived at Farms Bureau in Virginia Beach, I began to take pictures like I was paparazzi. Of course the place was overflowing with teens in Blink 182 t-shirts. Still, every now and then, a burst of ferocious colors would catch my eye. My heart would skip a beat, knowing this ensured a killjoy was nearby. Although, in spite of the differences, a smile was plastered on everyone's faces as if permanent.

When I finally knew the deal about access to the photo pit and when to come and go, I was able to sit down and let the butterflies in my stomach rest. Anxiety blazed in my eyes while enchanment boiled under my skin...itching in my palm where I clutched my inadequate camera. Once Matt & Kim were finished, I was to rush to the edge of the photo pit and relax with the other photographers. We would wait there until ordered to do otherwise. For now though, my job was to enjoy the lovely duo Matt & Kim. This, of course, was immensely simple due to the band's impeccable talent and energy. The two did a splendid job of raising the crowd's enthusiasm. After their farewell, I knew it was time for them. My Chemical Romance.

I hurried on over to my arranged meeting spot and settled with the other professionial photographers. We all huddled together to shield ourselves from the rain. Afterwards, we were given the signal to take refuge in the pit. While waiting for the band, my nerves were taking over and I started to tremble. This can't be happening, this can't be happening continually repeated in my mind. All of a sudden, the lights went off.

Screams rang in my ears and my heartbeat echoed in my head. I waited painfully for the band to step out after the BL/ind agent. A countdown began. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2...

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10 October 2011 @ 12:26 pm
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Monday October 10, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

By. Rayven

Despite getting to the venue an hour-and-a-half later than I planned on, I was psyched to get to see My Chemical Romance for the first time, after waiting for what seemed like forever. When we arrived, I got out of the car to find hundreds of lovers of MCR, Blink-182, and Matt & Kim being just as excited as I was. I was taken to an area where a few others and myself waited for entry to the photo pit. Then it was time. We were walked out to the stage to wait for My Chem to come on, and that's when all those feelings finally started hitting me.

Nervous. Excited. Amazed. Just to name a couple, that is. My whole body was shaking at the overabundance of emotions, and at the thought of being just a few inches, maybe even centimeters, away from the men that saved and changed my life. I glanced up at what was going to be Gerard's mic stand in about thirty seconds and thought "Wow. I'm really here. They're really going to be that close to me." It pretty much brought those tiny little tears you only get when something wonderful is going to happen to my eyes. That's when the lights went out and everyone started screaming, signaling that I was about to have a life-changing experiance.

At first I couldn't see anything, as it was already dark out, then the lights came and directed all of our impatient eyes to the entry way. First I saw Ray walking out, with a huge smile on his face, then Frank, wearing a little vampire cape with "Dracula" scrawled across his shirt, Mikey, casual as always, and Gerard, hinting a smile as he walked to the mic. There they were. Right in front of me. Ready to give us their all. A huge grin instantly took over my sweaty, slightly teared face. The music started coarsing through our veins as we busted into Na Na Na. All the while I was singing along, trying desperately to keep my camera steady. I was running back and forth, trying to capture every moment I possibly could on camera. Behind me there were thousands of people screaming every word at the top of their lungs. It was the first time in my life I had felt that I was meant to be somewhere, like I had finally found somewhere I belonged, the very first time no one was going to look at me like another species for doing what I loved the most.

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07 October 2011 @ 09:53 pm
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Friday October 7, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

by. Emily

We were all satisfied with My Chemical Romance’s presentation… I’ve said that a lot, My Chem gives great shows like this and others.

Before the doors opened, there were many people outside. I wasn’t formed in the line, because I was waiting by the box office for my photo pass and tickets. I thought, I was going to be nervous, but I was really relaxed.

Once all were inside the place, they were buying merchandise of the bands. I wanted to buy a t-shirt but the line was too long, so I decided to start taking pictures.

There was a diversity of ages among Blink-182's fans and My Chemical Romance’s fans.

7:50 Other photographers and I walked to the stage (exactly between the stage and the barricade). At that moment, I felt like a professional photographer, it was incredible (best moment of my life). The photographers and I were waiting for MCR to enter.

I have to say this experience is different than being in the audience. When you are taking pictures so close to them, you can see hidden expressions and hear their voices talking about the next song; it is hard to explain. I didn’t pay attention to the first 2 songs, I mean, I was listening to them but not exactly. I was focused on shooting the best photos of Frank, Ray, Mikey and Gerard.

When they started playing “Planetary Go”, the crowd started dancing and jumping like never. I was so excited when they started playing “Our Lady Of Sorrows”. The best songs of the night were “Helena”, “Famous Last Words” and" Welcome to the Black Parade”. I can say that because, I heard the crowd singing every single word of those songs. Jarrod Alexander was playing drums like he was the drummer of MCR for a long time ago. The drums sounded AWESOME and I noticed He was having so much fun.

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29 September 2011 @ 09:36 pm
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Thursday September 29, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

By Brandi

There are few times in my life that I have been to a concert. I can count on 2 hands the number of live musical acts I have bought tickets to see. Five of those fingers would be My Chemical Romance shows. From the first riff of “I’m Not Okay” to the last note of “Vampire Money” and all the discoveries of other songs in between, absolutely no music or lyrics have ever reached me, such as theirs. It has been said time and time again, but it is as if the lyrics of each song reached right into my soul and exposed my insides. Whether it’s the emotion poured into every guitar strum, bass pluck or word sang… this band has a hold on people that just won’t let go.

Some fans from back in the day say it’s the antics on stage, but how can that be? When My Chemical Romance took the stage, as Freddie Mercury once said in a song, “It’s a kind of magic." And that was nothing further from the truth tonight. An army of fans they have created. Regardless the waiting time, regardless the weather, the fans are always there…dressed in the colors that represent their undying devotion to a band whose music means so much to them.

As I walked down the line of fans that waited to get in, there was a buzz in the air. They were moments away from experiencing the time of their lives. For one girl it was the first time she had gotten to ever see MCR live and the anticipation was overwhelming for her! The smiles on faces after waiting for hours were still there. No one could dampen the spirits of these Killjoys.

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15 September 2011 @ 07:23 pm
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Thursday September 15, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

By. Kinsey

September 4, 2011 was the best day of the year for all the Killjoys that were in Colorado at the time. We all gathered together under the sun, along with all the Rancid and Blink 182 fans. Butterflies fluttered around in my stomach and I could see the excitement dripping off of everyone's faces. I could tell it was going to be a good show.

I got my tickets and stood in line with my little sister, who I decided to bring with me, and waited to be let in. As the line finally began to move, I stuck my photo pass to my shirt, knowing I would need it later. We got to our seats without much trouble and I decided that they weren't too bad. I noticed that most of the My Chemical Romance fans were in the back and wished they could join me. Anticipation was written on every single person's face.

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14 September 2011 @ 04:14 pm
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Wednesday September 14, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

I remember my first My Chemical Romance concert. It wasn't too long ago actually, just last April (so technically it would be pretty hard to forget). I was stuck at the back of the crowd. But despite being so far away from the stage I thought I was right up next to it since they perform with so much energy and connect with every single member of the audience.

The guys of My Chemical Romance have such an amazing stage presence that can fill small clubs -like where I saw them last- and huge amphitheatres like Usana, where they performed this Saturday.

It was intresting to see the diffrence between the audiences that Blink-182, Rancid, and My Chemical Romance brought in. Rancid seemed to have an older punk fans, while MCR's audience consisted of mostly teenagers and young adults, and Blink fans fell somewhere in the middle.

Rancid was an excellent opening for Blink and MCR. They had everyone in the audience tapping their feet and bobbing their heads. After Rancid it was MCR's turn to take the stage. The set-up didn't take too long and the stage was ready in about 10 minutes.Suddenly, film reel began to show on the giant screen above the stage, and the crowd went wild, and when the band took the stage, the crowd screamed even louder.

The band opened with "Na Na Na" which they played with tons of energy and vigor, and they kept up the energy throughout the entire night. Ray and Frank ripped though solo after solo. Mikey was confident and steady on the bass, and Gerard powered through every song with nearly flawless vocals.

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12 September 2011 @ 05:54 pm
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Monday September 12, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

Alrighty. Where do I begin? So much has happened in the last day. My voice is gone, my arms and legs are sore, and I have a brand new camera with 350 pictures of the best night of my life on it.
We got there pretty early, around 5. There was a moderately long line of cars waiting for the parking gates to open when we arrived. I sat on top of my car for a few minutes before the line slowly started moving forward and we pulled into the gates. By that point the adventure had begun, and I was super excited. We got in and there was a bit of trouble trying to get in. We were confused about how the photo pass worked, and nobody else really got it either. But eventually we got in and everything was good.
Manchester Orchestra was the first to perform. I couldn't hear they're songs that good cause I was standing next to an amp that was as tall as I was and my eardrums were being pounded on. After they finished playing, it was a 15 minute break to switch around the drums and bring out the fancy MCR amps and Mikey's helmet and all that jazz. When My Chem came out, I was screaming my head off

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10 September 2011 @ 05:18 pm
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Saturday September 10, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

By. Chris R.

2:55 AM. No better time to sit down and empty some thoughts onto a piece of paper.

When I woke up on the morning of August 23rd, 2011, I had no idea of what my evening would be like. I knew that I had won 2 tickets and a photo pass for my friend Liz and I to see My Chemical Romance at the Marcus Ampitheater in Milwaukee, but as excited as I was for this event, I still had some nervous thoughts looming in my mind: "Will I find my tickets and my seats alright?" "Will her and I get separated?" "Will the photo pass work and flow smoothly?" Well, what unfolded was a memorable night filled with many good times and irreplicaple moments.

We got to the box office an hour before the doors opened and we got our tickets, no problem. There were tons of Blink 182 fans gathered near the doors. But for what the MCR fans lacked in numbers, they made up for in spirit. Killjoys gathered around slowly but surely, standing out with many original and colorful outfits. Before we knew it, we were in - and ready to rock.

Now here's where things got really interesting: Manchester Orchestra had just finished their set, and I was very excited to take my place up by the photo pit to digitally capture my four heroes. But venue security would not buy my fully certified authorization to the pit and were dead set on keeping me out of it. I made a few phone calls, dropped a few names - but they wouldnt budge. I made my way back to my seats, bummed that this opportunity was being taken from me. But nonetheless, I was fortunate to be here and eagerly awaited MCR's set.

After a BL/ind spokespeson gave the countdown, MCR rip, roared and rolled through "Na Na Na" and then went right to "Vampire Money". All of a sudden, one of MCR's tour managers motioned for me to come to the security gates. I was finally going to get my chance at this once in a lifetime opportunity! ...but there was one stipulation: I could only take pictures for the rest of the song, and it was already a minute in. I had to work fast. I hurried to the front and started snapping away at the boys. Their high energy flailing around combined with my excitement did not make capturing photos of them easy, but I think I did a good job. Three times in the 2 minutes I was up there, security guards tugged at me, pulled me away, and tried to bust me - thinking I jumped the rail or something. But the sticker on my chest and the onlooking manager gave them their answer: This was my moment. This was my time. And I can honestly say that when it was just me and the band for that minute and a half/two minutes, my favorite MCR song blasting in my face without any interruptions - that was THE best moment of my life. Not everyone can say that they get to stand within 3 feet of their heroes. And if it meant me having to deal with some turbulence to get to that place, it was a miniscule price to pay compared to the photos I received in return.

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24 August 2011 @ 04:00 pm
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Wednesday August 24, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

I arrived at the venue at about five 'o clock and walked to the box office and checked to see if my tickets had arrived, they had not, so I looked around a little bit. The number of blink-182 fans was about equal to the number of My Chemical Romance fans, and they all visited in harmony as they waited for the gates to open. The gates finally opened at about six-thirty, and the tickets arrived around the same time. I got my tickets, and was told to go to the V.I.P entry to get my photo pass. I was taken into the box office and recieved my tickets and photo pass, now I was ready to go in. I gave my free tickets to my aunt and uncle and bought a pit ticket so I could be closer to my favorite band, the tickets I recieved were great but I wanted to be in the pit, and my aunt and uncle needed tickets, we walked in, and checked out all the awesome tents, and then walked down to our seats.

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18 August 2011 @ 08:25 am
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Wednesday August 17, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

It was a rainy day when killjoys from all around the country gathered at the Comcast Theater in Hartford, CT for one reason: to watch their favorite band My Chemical Romance put on a great show. Killjoys are very dedicated fans; some had been camping out since Friday for this day. Everyone was very friendly at the show, meeting new people, and spreading the love that the MCRmy is all about.

When it was finally show time everyone waited in anticipation as My Chem’s crew carefully set up the stage for the show. The security guard mocked us as we all screamed every time the lights dimmed. Finally the lights went black one more time as each member of My Chemical Romance walked on to the stage. The crowd went crazy and they broke into their first song “House of Wolves”

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18 August 2011 @ 07:49 am
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Wednesday August 17, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

By. Luke

Saturday August 13th 2011 was the day my life changed forever!

It was the day I was finally able to see my favorite band of ALL time!

It was hard to sleep the night before since I was DYING with anticipation. Somehow I had made it through the night and the day of the show had finally arrived! I showed up at the stadium nearly 4 hours early to wait around with friends and fellow fans. Once I received my passes and had gotten into the venue there was nothing left to do but wait! The Hershey Pavilion happens to be a large outside stadium so I was thankful I wouldn’t have to deal with crappy poorly lit concert lighting. Once it was time for MCR's Set I got into place and was ready to shoot my idols! They came out looking great! As a College Photography student this was an AMAZING experience! I was honored to be able to take photos of my HEROES alongside professional photographers! Anyways, I hope you enjoy my photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them! =) This has been an experience I will NEVER forget!

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17 August 2011 @ 01:30 pm
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Wednesday August 17, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

By. Michelle

I’m a planner. And a list maker. I like to keep things in order before an event as much as I can, so that when the day comes, and I’m inevitably excited and rushing around, I won’t forget anything. It was doubly important for me this time, excited as I was about winning Tour Blogger for MCR (a huge, huge thing for someone who wants to get into Concert Photography).

I made my list on 8/10. Camera, extra clothes (in case of rain), painting, ticket, wallet, etc. Pretty standard. I probably could have remembered enough of it without the list, but hey. Better safe.

With my essentials packed up (and a stop at Starbucks), I was ready! I was also way earlier than I needed to be. I arrived at the venue (Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY) at 11:15. There were two people there before me, a really nice couple that I made friends with, Dominic and Melia. We had a good laugh about being so early and kept each other sane throughout the day, watching the concert set up, people wandering by and taking random pictures to amuse ourselves.

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12 August 2011 @ 06:32 am
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Thursday August 11, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

I can still remember the first time I ever heard My Chemical Romance play live. I wasn't at a concert and I wasn't watching them on a live TV show. I was only in the seventh grade. I barely knew anything about what concerts were or what the big deal about them was. It was a hot summer day, and I can remember sitting on my bike on the corner of my street, most likely drinking a blue slush puppy from the store down the street. An older friend of mine who had a collection of MCR t-shirts and merch had been anticipating their show for months and called my cell phone. I couldn't hear what he was talking about, all I could hear was the distorted sound of screaming and yelling and I wondered to myself what the point of listening to this was. But then through all the noise and commotion, I could hear the music. I did know a few My Chemical Romance songs, (“Cemetery Drive” was probably my favorite back then. I had a thing where I'd always listen to it whenever we drove by a cemetery.), but the names Gerard, Mikey, Ray, and Frank meant nothing significant to me in those days. I knew they were kind of dark and they weren't like any other bands I saw on FUSE. I didn't know they would one day consume my life.

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27 May 2011 @ 07:03 pm
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Fan Tour Report: Bakersfield
Friday May 27, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

By. Taylor

3... 2... 1... They came and they rock the majestic fox theatre in Bakersfield. My Chemical Romance live has always been very theatrical with their performance. This concert lives up to the spectrum that has been MCR. But the mission was very bitter sweet.

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27 May 2011 @ 06:52 pm
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Fan Tour Report: Orlando
Friday May 27, 2011 | Posted by: MCR
By. Laurie F.

As we drove toward the venue, an arch way for Walt Disney World greeted us with the line "Where dreams come true..." and it was at that moment, I knew that I would have the most amazing time. Downtown Disney was littered with day-glo hair and uniforms, as the Killjoys were ready to make some noise, myself included.

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26 May 2011 @ 05:12 pm
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Fan Tour Report: Dallas, TX
Thursday May 26, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

By. Gage P.

We arrived at the venue at 3:30 and got to see a ridiculously large line wrapping all the way around the block. From fans with Tripp pants and elaborate military jackets to KillJoys with their battery operated hair that seemed to be almost blinding in the sunlight, the one thing clearly shared was a love of this amazing band.

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26 May 2011 @ 04:48 pm
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Fan Tour Report: Washington DC
Thursday May 26, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

By. Jordan C.

Yesterday was one of the weirdest days of my life. But last night...last night made it all absolutely worth it. I never win anything in life, so naturally when I received the news that I was chosen for the Tour Reporter position, I nearly died out of shock. For all of April and the first of May, my mind was consumed with the concert. All I could do was fantasize about going to my first show, having great seats, AND meeting my heroes!! By the time May 10--the concert date--rolled around, many of my friends were sick of hearing me talk about it. It seemed all that came out of my mouth was "Concert, concert, concert!" I was so excited, but so nervous. I asked a few of my Killjoy friends, Tori, Cat, Anay, Magenta, and Ayslin what MCR concerts were like, and those that had attended before told me it would change my life. How correct they were.

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