10 May 2014 @ 09:34 am
Blog Post: Gerard  
May 9, 2014 - The Zine

These days, with record releases come "special editions", and it is looking like my yet untitled album will get one of these. I have long wanted to do a physical zine, since I used to make them in high school and I miss them, collecting them, discovering them.

So, one of the things I am experimenting with is the possibility of a physical zine, Issue 1 being included in it. Print run limited to the special. Subsequent issues will follow, most likely on a quarterly basis, and most likely available at shows. I'd like to see what this evolves into, as I am sure it will change over time. Right now it includes everything from science fiction to photographs and observations, which obviously we can produce through social media, but I would like people to have an analog experience, similar to the way we listen to albums on vinyl. The idea is to only print material that is unpublished on the web. There are even posibilities of it turning into some sort of comic anthology at times, then reverting back to zine, then finding something else to become.

These are some color options I was playing with. The title, The Baby Animal Hospital, is final at this moment.
10 May 2014 @ 09:25 am
Blog Post: Gerard  
May 8, 2014 - Style Guides

So, one of the things I do when starting a new project is create a book that encapsulates the energy of it. This contains reference, experiments, drawings, stickers- really anything that helps give others and myself a clear picture of what is going on up there in my head. They usually begin crudely, and gain refinement as time goes on. Some ideas get abandoned, while others can take over a whole project, or create an entirely new one.
28 February 2014 @ 05:51 pm
Blog Post: Frank  
2.28.14 pocket treasure...

i love putting on a shirt or jacket i haven't worn in awhile and finding pocket treasures. an old reciept, a crumbled up piece of paper with a note scribbled on it, maybe a movie ticket from a few years ago. are they insignificant pieces of garbage? or relics of a former life, begging to remind you that there was in fact a world you existed in before you woke up this morning?

at times it can be easy to get wrapped up. to take things for granted, to forget our surroundings or the small experiences of our past... but make no mistake, these neural connections, no matter how tiny, are important to the person you are and the person you may become. nothing is trivial, everything matters even if it's been pushed to the back of your mind for a little while. i enjoy being made aware of that from time to time.

we are who we are, because of who we were and where we've been. xofrnk.
15 February 2014 @ 01:17 pm
Blog Posts: Frank  
2.13.14 ouch (you fucker).

dear cherry angioma,

hey buddy, you may have a cute and endearing name that resembles one of my lovely daughters, but doctors orders... you have been officially evicted.

as quickly as your freeloading ass came and made my face your handsome home, you were just as promptly stuck with a (larger than necessary) needle, sliced, burned, and sent off to a lab at columbia university. no, this was not a pleasant experience for anyone. so goodbye and good riddance old friend (more like foe), I wish you horrendous travels and a shitty rest of the year.
indeed one day frnkiero must die...but not of eyelid cancer, that just sounds stupid.


2.14.14 harpy valentimes dey sirs and mad(a)m(s)en,

(not mine.)
howdy friednz, it is that time of year again...

fat cherubs shooting poison arrows. half dead roses and cocoa stock tearing the roof off the joint.

love love love sweet terrible love.

a sensually sick and horrific beast.
we yearn to love and to be loved...and at times we hate what it makes us do.
to those of you in love this year: congratulations, there is nothing greater.
to those of you all out of love: congratulations, there is nothing holding you back.

love love beautifuly powerful love.

you have found me and you have killed me.
and you made me better than i could have ever imagined to make myself.

love love sweet generous love.

you gave me everything so i got you this card...it sings 'do you think i'm sexy?' when you open it...

oh and these chocolates...they're bittersweet, i think they're supposed to be used for baking.

shit, i should be better at this. xofrnk.

p.s. if you google image search the words 'fuck you', this image of a little girl with her middle finger on fire pops up. harpy velntimes dey. frnkiero.2014
08 January 2013 @ 10:45 am
Blog Post: MCR  
Tuesday January 8, 2013 | Posted by: MCR

CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS Number 4 is out now and available in on iTunes or Amazon.

official youtube uploads )


A-side: Surrender The Night

B-side: Burn Bright

Number 5 will be available on Tuesday, February 5 via iTunes and Amazon.
23 November 2012 @ 08:24 am
Blog Post: MCR  
Friday November 23, 2012 | Posted by: MCR

CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS Number Two is out now and available in the Official Online Store and through digital retailers like iTunes and Amazon.

Number Three is available for pre-order in the vinyl format in the Official My Chemical Romance Store.

Title: Number Three A-side: The World Is Ugly

B-side: The Light Behind Your Eyes

Release date: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
23 July 2012 @ 09:50 pm
MCRmy UK Fundraiser
Monday July 23, 2012 | Posted by: MCR

Yesterday, MCRmy UK got together in London to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. The group raised over $3,000 for Wishes for Japan and the Make A Wish Foundation. Thank you to all the fans that turned up and gave so generously!

09 May 2012 @ 05:11 pm
Blog Post: MCR  
My Chemical Romance At Bamboozle
Wednesday May 9, 2012 | Posted by: MCR

My Chem will be performing at Bamboozle on Saturday, May 19. The three- day festival will take place at North Beach Ashbury Park, NJ. For tickets and information visit TheBamboozle.com

festival poster )
25 February 2012 @ 09:02 am
Interview and tour diary from Coup de Main  
Interview: MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE is "for f***ing life".
Written by Shahlin Graves | Friday, 24 February 2012 23:24

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE guitarist FRANK IERO is standing side-of-stage watching Best Coast's set at the Auckland Big Day Out. He applauds at the end of every single song, squinting thoughtfully in appreciation of the band, with frontman GERARD WAY joining him for a few minutes before it's time for the pair to prepare for their own set on the festival's main stage. Likewise, their band-mate RAY TORO has also been taking advantage of the day's sights and sounds, being quick to tweet his appreciation of a fellow band on the tour: "Vaccines on at BDO. Sound great!"

interview (+4 photos) )

Dear friends, what follows is a few weeks of our lives in digital form. These photos were taken between the days of January 17th 2012 and February 6th 2012, as we toured the great lands of New Zealand and Australia respectively. As brothers we roamed these grand terrains. Friends were made, enemies slain, pie faces devoured with a quickness and fury. We are better men because of these (mis)adventures, but i must warn you... some of these images cannot nor will not be unseen.
enjoi at your own risk.
no worries. xofrnk

tour diary (+29 photos) )
09 January 2012 @ 10:58 am
Mikey Way's Custom Bass  

Overview: Squier introduces what is surely one of its most distinctive signature bass guitar models ever in the striking short-scale form of the Mikey Way Mustang Bass. Designed with the input of the nimble My Chemical Romance bassist, it takes the classic Mustang Bass and amps it through the roof with a dazzling large-flake Silver Sparkle finish with black racing stripes, a single seismic humbucking pickup with a black cover, and a black headstock with Way’s signature on the back.

Other features include a comfortable short scale (30”), basswood body, maple neck, 9.5”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 19 medium jumbo frets and parchment dot inlays, three-ply pickguard (black-white-black), black numbered volume and tone controls knobs, string-through-body bridge with four individually adjustable saddles and vintage-style chrome tuners.

Specs )

07 December 2011 @ 12:23 pm
Blog Post: Gerard Way  
Yo Gabba Gabba
Wednesday December 7, 2011 | Posted by: Gerard

We love Yo Gabba Gabba. And I love DJ Lance. These are some drawings I did after talking to series creator Christian Jacobs and getting really inspired. We talked a lot about Hoth and we definitely wanted a Yeti. Thanks to James Dewees and the awesome people at YGG, that dream was realized.

concept sketches behind cut )
29 November 2011 @ 06:56 pm
Blog Post: MCR  
Killjoy Jacket Design Contest Winners
Tuesday November 29, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

Thank you to all the killjoys that submitted entries for the Killjoy Jacket Design Contest! There were hundreds of submissions and the quality of the entries and the amount of effort everyone put into the designs was overwhelming. Here are the winners: )
18 November 2011 @ 06:42 pm
Blog Post: Gerard Way  
Comic shop today...
Friday November 18, 2011 | Posted by: Gerard

Went to Secret HQ today in Silverlake and picked up the newest Prison Pit, Yo Gabba Gabba comics, and something that looked cool called The Devastator...I haven't read the Gabba or Devastator yet but Prison Pit was, as usual, super brutal.
Going to pick up Craig Thompson's new book, Habibi, next week and I'm really excited about it.

12 October 2011 @ 07:17 pm
Blog Post: MCR  
Tour Blogger: Honda Civic Tour Detroit
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.

Read the rest of the entry (+2 photos) )
10 October 2011 @ 01:00 pm
Blog Post: MCR  
Tour Blogger: Honda Civic Tour Miami
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.

Read the rest of the entry here (+2 photos) )
10 October 2011 @ 12:31 pm
Blog Post: MCR  
Tour Blogger: Honda Civic Tour Virginia Beach
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...

Read the rest of the entry )

Photos behind cut (+2) )

See the rest of Emma's photos on Buzznet
07 October 2011 @ 09:53 pm
Blog Post: MCR  
Tour Blogger: Honda Civic Tour Houston
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.

Read the rest of the entry here )
31 August 2011 @ 09:18 pm
Blog Post: Gerard Way  
Once more unto the breach, dear friends...
Wednesday August 31, 2011 | Posted by: Gerard

“Your past doesn’t matter- what happened five years ago doesn’t matter- the only thing that matters is your friends on stage- and what you do tonight. That will last forever.”

Reading and Leeds-

Frank said this seconds before we killed the house-lights on stage at Reading- in a group hug, and in near darkness. And not to misquote him but this is what I heard in my head- maybe he said it more poetically, but he has a talent for being direct- which is what I love about him.

And we were very direct.

Our past with the festival is often misconstrued, seen through the lens of “revisionist history” depending on who writes about it. “2006 was a triumph!”. “2006 was a bloodbath!”. It is surely sensational but to me it was simply boring to talk about- or was my boredom masking fear?

No matter what it was- it was the exact recipe for a life-or-death rock and roll show- and that happens to be our specialty.

You see, the thing about My Chemical Romance is that we never wanted to be cool. We never wanted anything dropped in our palms- we wanted to take it. We wanted to be US- and we wanted the same thing for the fans. And because of that- we faced adversity- and started to get really good at it.

So when we got the call to headline the festival it didn’t matter how afraid I was, how reserved, paranoid, nauseous- terrified. We had to do it- in fact we congratulated each other.

I got up there for one reason- US. Every member of the band, and every kid that believed- all of US. And I will never forget the smiles on all of our faces. That was my favorite part.

So I wanted to drop this note and thank every one of you in the crowd that made those nights spectacular. Also the crew, who works very hard, and Brian May, for giving us inspiration, courage, and honoring us by sharing the stage.

Reading and Leeds were the best shows of my life. Period.

Let’s do it again some time.

In other news and rumors:
It has come to my attention that certain things recently said have been misquoted-
Most specifically the bit about Danger Days not being our best work.

It was our best work, my favorite album we’ve done, and the one I’m most proud of.

It’s very easy to accidentally take bits from other interviews and make stories out of them. The bit I have read involves me talking about the “scrapped” or “lost” album- not Danger Days, and then talking about a “new” album.
It would be a discredit to every fan who showed their colors, fucked their hair up, embraced their artistic side, pointed their raygun squarely at the sun, and stood by the band to discount anything we put our name on and released. We gave this album our everything and so did the fans- we will never forget that. We’re also not done with it yet- and have some exciting news coming-

On a “new album”: I’ve actually been very careful/cagey about this subject. All I’ve admitted to was writing songs, because that’s what a band is supposed to do- write songs you want to play in front of people.
Do I think it’s going to be another 5 years before a new album? No. But I can’t say when it will come- we spent the last 3 years of our lives trying to do that and it wasn’t healthy. The band will do what it always does- search. Into the dark, with just the four of us, and come out with something we’ve discovered. A new art. A new perspective. A new sound.
But I really do appreciate the genuine excitement for whatever we do next- that means a lot. So just a bit of clarification then-
I feel a song coming on…


Photos behind cut (+2) )
06 August 2011 @ 10:13 am
Frank's Custom Epiphone Guitar  
The custom guitar Frank has been working on with Epiphone has appeared in Epiphone's press release for new guitars in 2011. There is no release date or price yet, but it should be available for purchase within the next few months. 

Photos (+5) and ad copy including some specs behind the cut )


H/T to [livejournal.com profile] sadiane for the info! Many thanks! ♥
21 June 2011 @ 05:22 pm
Blog Post: MCR  
My Chemical Romance Custom CBR250R For Honda Civic Tour
Tuesday June 21, 2011 | Posted by: MCR

My Chemical Romance has designed a custom Honda CBR250R Sport Bike to celebrate their stint co- headlining the Honda Civic Tour with blink-182. Enter for your chance to win the bike on the Civic Tour website

photos behind cut (+2) )