11 September 2014 @ 09:52 am
Blog Post: Ray  
September 11, 2014

Spending some time with the family up in Northern California. Really beautiful here. Love the trees.

Getting a bit of work done as well. Took me a while, but I finally got a handle on my new string samples. On a good recommendation, I went with Audiobro's LA Scoring Strings. There are a ton of features that I still haven't fully grasped yet, but the default settings were set up in a way to get me composing quickly. The sounds are impressive, much better than the Logic strings I was using before. I would love to get a real string section to record, but that ends up getting really expensive, so this is the next best thing.

As I was working, I constantly found myself in awe of the classic composers, creating grand symphonies with nothing but quill, paper, and an unending imagination. To have been able to hear the end result in their minds before a note had actually been played is astounding to me. Today, we can poke at MIDI staves and hear in an instant how the parts stack up, and if something isn't right, a few clicks here and a time stretch there will have each section singing in harmony.

Boy, do we have it lucky these days...
12 June 2014 @ 10:59 am
New Interview With Ray  
Life After My Chemical Romance: Exclusive Ray Toro Interview

RECENTLY, RAY Toro was in his loft. He was looking through his old My Chemical Romance memorabilia – backstage passes from that world tour, posters from another show, outfits from video shoots – and he was having a think about his time in the band.

He had been asked to donate something to a charity event in support of the Make A Wish Foundation. The organisers wanted something unique, if possible, but something small he might not miss. Instead he offered the iconic motorbike helmet he wore in the Na Na Na video and as part of his character within the Danger Days album concept. It blew the organisers of the event away.

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06 June 2013 @ 08:02 am
Ray Plays Guitar For Volataire  
On Facebook:

"Watching this man play my song is now on the list of my all time favorite moments with the birth of my child and marrying my beautiful wife! Honestly... so amazing!"

See behind the scenes video under the cut )

25 May 2013 @ 09:15 am
Ray Toro Posts New Song  

Isn't That Something by The Real Ray Toro
25 July 2012 @ 10:42 pm
Kerrang! Article  
Chemical Reactions
Ten years ago, My Chemical Romance were just "a bunch of dorks" from New Jersey. Then they made debut album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love and set off on the path to superstardom. Tom Bryant revisits the start of the romance...

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[From the 24 July 2012 issue of Kerrang!. Scan source.]

Please thank [personal profile] alpheratz for transcribing this for us as I woke up with some manner of repetitive stress injury and it hurt to type.
08 June 2012 @ 11:51 am
Tony Hawk Interviews My Chemical Romance on Big Day Out Tour  
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22 April 2012 @ 08:57 pm
AmpRockTV - The Words - The Kids From Yesterday  
Amp Rock TV is proud to be showcasing the first in a unique series of captivating films from some of music's most innovative and successful artists.

Intimate, emotional, at times disturbing, but always powerful, 'The Words' presents the lyrics of a selection of the world's most influential bands and artists in a completely new way.

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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) )
06 February 2012 @ 04:25 pm
New Interview With Frank and Ray  
Here since LJ refuses to embed.
31 January 2012 @ 10:58 pm
Frank and Ray Interview  
My Chemical Romance Build Studio For Album Number Five

My Chemical Romance are in the process of building a studio in Los Angeles where they’re going to begin working on their fifth album.

Speaking to Noise11, the band outlined plans for their impending fifth album and how they’re going to approach it.

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16 January 2012 @ 09:51 pm
New Video Interview From Big Day Out  
My Chemical Romance Answer YOUR Questions!

A few weeks ago we were given the opportunity to interview My Chemical Romance and, knowing how passionate you guys are (especially the MCRmy!), we wanted YOU to ask the questions.

So we put the call out over our Facebook and Twitter and, of course, we were absolutely inundated! After narrowing the questions down (with some help) we sent them to My Chemical Romance and eagerly awaited their reply.

What we were not expecting was this great video from Mikey, Ray and Frank!

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions! We read them all and appreciate you taking the time to send them in.

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You can catch My Chemical Romance at the 2012 Big Day Out or at their side shows:

Tue 24th January @ Eatons Hill Hotel – Brisbane (All Ages) BUY TICKETS

Fri 27th January @ The Hordern – Sydney (Licensed All Ages) BUY TICKETS

Tue 31st January @ Festival Hall – Melbourne (Licensed All Ages) BUY TICKETS

10 October 2011 @ 12:40 pm
Playjones Interview With Ray  
My Chemical Romance Gives the Voodoo Line-up That Punk Rock Flavor: Interview with Band Member Ray Toro

On the line-up for the first day of Voodoo My Chemical Romance will be rocking out with their signature theatrics and crazy costumes. Ray Toro, on guitar and backup vocals, talks about the band’s plans for Halloween weekend in New Orleans, surprise plans for Voodoo, and their ever evolving sound.

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22 March 2011 @ 01:05 pm
MCR's message to Japan  
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Thanks to for the tip, anon!
23 February 2011 @ 04:13 pm
Photos From The NME Shockwave Award 2/23/11  
Pictures under cut (+11) )

06 February 2011 @ 02:52 pm
Blog Post: Ray Toro  
Hello from Japan
Sunday February 6, 2011 | Posted by: Ray

Hey all,

My Chemi is back in Japan!!!

We've been here for a few days taking in the sights, tastes, and sounds of this great country!

Osaka was our first stop, where we spent the day walking the shopping arcade, spending yens on toys and trinkets you can't get in the states. We also hung out with giant killer crabs, and treated ourselves to ramen 10,000 years in the making...

We also enjoyed some Kushikatsu, which is Japanese for deep fried goodness. Imagine dipping everything from beef, sausage, and chicken, to octopus in delicious corn-dog batter, frying it, deep dunking it in a milder A1'ish type sauce, and swallowing it whole piping hot. A delicacy indeed. You can watch the whole experience here.

We also managed to squeeze in a show, and it reminded us of why we love playing in Japan so much. We had a few technical problems, first show kinks, but the crowd powered us through.

For those of you who have never been to a show in Japan, the crowd reacts in a way completely unique to Japan. Between songs, they are whisper quiet, respectfully waiting for the next song to start. Once the music kicks, they begin to dance, chant, mosh and sing along at ear piercing levels. When the song ends, polite applause, and then silence. It makes for a special experience, that somehow feels more personal than the size of the show would indicate.

We then hopped on the bullet train to Nagoya. For all of the steel and concrete that fills the big cities, you forget that the much of Japan is filled with beautiful green trees, snow-capped mountains, and smaller, more traditional cities.

The gig in Nagoya went much smoother, and was just as fun as Osaka. DeWees, keyboard extraordinaire, played a beautiful piece on the spot before Black Parade. He always finds new ways to amaze us.

Now on the train to Tokyo, enjoying a green tea ice cream and on the hunt for Masterpiece Hot Rod...


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23 January 2011 @ 01:31 pm
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