The one thing that is always inevitable in life is that things come to an end. In the wee small hours yesterday, My Chemical Romance announced via their website that they were splitting up. The one-time Download Festival headliners – whether you loved or loathed them – were undeniably one of the biggest rock bands of the last decade. To that end, this week’s Sunday Spotify Slaylist is dedicated to the band that made it cool to hate on “emo”.
October 11th, 2010
Yeah, that’s not completely true. My Chemical Romance are going to be playing to 85,000 people in Wembley Stadium on 31 October 2010 but they’re not headlining. Not is it a Hallowe’en party. Instead, they’re the pre-match entertainment for an NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos. American Football in London. They’re infiltrating!
July 7th, 2008
My Chemical Romance
The Black Parade Is Dead!
by Anne Waites
My Chemical Romance have never been a band to do anything by halves, so when they decided to kill off their alter egos The Black Parade it was always going to be a dramatic and very public execution.
That they decided to bring this section of their lives to an end in front of a giant audience in Mexico, a country that remembers its ancestors and celebrates passing into the next life with its annual Day Of The Dead, is surely no coincidence with a band this obsessed with attention to detail.
Luckily, on a tour blighted with bandmembers dropping like flies, the Mexico City gig finds them in their full number and bursting with fiery intensity. Gerard Way, from the earliest days in the skankiest venues, has always been a born rock star, and as he creeps across the stage like the singer from Tim Burton’s wildest dreams, or flings his arms out, eyes gleaming, soaking in the rapture of the audience, he’s untouchable.
Unlike many live DVDs, this is an event worth documenting, the band tighter than they’ve ever been, deathly pale beneath the fireworks and confetti, demonic during the gloriously hellish ‘Mama’. Talk about going out in style.
Watch the trailer for The Black Parade Is Dead! by My Chemical Romance
But for every end there’s a new beginning, which is why the decision to follow Mexico City with a show at Maxwell’s in New Jersey, a venue roughly the size of a large envelope, is as significant as the arena gig.
Representing their rebirth as My Chemical Romance, going back to their roots, it’s feral, powerful, and they look like there’s nowhere on earth they’d rather be at that moment. After the bells and whistles of The Black Parade, it’s a reminder of the power they wield in the lowliest of circumstances. And it’ll have any fan excited about where their next path will lead.
The Black Parade Is Dead! by My Chemical Romance is out now on Reprise Records
June 4th, 2008
Thrash Hits .com was at the March at Marble Arch to see the My Chemical Romance fans protesting against the Daily Mail. We talked to some fans and took some photos as well, which we have compiled in this great Thrash Hits montage. We hope you enjoy it.
Watch ‘My Chemical Romance Fans vs Daily Mail: London Protest’
May 31st, 2008
Thrash Hits .com talked to a few My Chemical Romance fans, who were at Marble Arch peacefully protesting against the Daily Mail, about exactly what they’re protesting about.
Yasmin Malik, 16, Romford & Hannah Malik, 14, Horsham
Yasmin: “I’m here to support my favourite band. I think it’s absolutely awful that the newspapers have blamed MCR for the suicide especially as all the time the band is saying that you should absolutely never do that to yourself and throw away your life.”
Hannah: “I’m proud of the fans and I hope the band is proud of us too. MCR have the best fans.”
Favourite MCR Song: (Yasmin) I love ‘Kill Your Friends’ but I think that’ a bad song to say today! (Hannah) ‘Famous Last Words’
Favourite MCR Member: (Yasmin) All of them. (Hannah) Ray
Lauren, 22, Portsmouth
“I got up at 5am! I’ve been running events for the Sophie Lancaster Memorial Fund. I really don’t believe the national press should be discriminating against sub-cultures or should actually be encouraging the kind of mentality that is causing people to be murdered or beaten up when they’re walking home. Discrimination is not OK.”
Favourite MCR Song: ‘Demolition Lovers’
Favourite MCR Member: Gerard Way is so inspirational.
Toby Lynch, 19, West London
“I’m here to support MCR because the Daily Mail have done this three times now and it’s just getting ridiculous. Emo’s not about suicide. MCR don’t like suicide.”
Favourite MCR Song: All of them
Favourite MCR Member: Gerard Way
Sam Crosby, 20, West London
“I’m here to support MCR and show the public that it’s not what the Daily Mail says it’s about. It’s about good music and enjoying yourself.”
Favourite MCR Song: ‘Desert Song’
Favourite MCR Member: He loves them all
Hayley Kennedy, 18, Eastcote
“I don’t believe it’s right that people can stereotype that people commit suicide because of music when the music actually promotes the opposite.”
Favourite MCR Song: ‘Vampires Will Never Hurt You’
Favourite MCR Member: Mikey Way
May 31st, 2008
Documented across the mainstream press over the past few days, hundreds of disgruntled My Chemical Romance fans descended upon central London today to protest against The Daily Mail‘s coverage earlier this month.
Thrash Hits editor Raziq Rauf was there with photographer Abbi London.
At 9.50am on Saturday, 31 May 2008 a group of around 100 My Chemical Romance fans congregated at Marble Arch, in what is the final weekend of the half-term holiday for many, to peacefully protest against the Daily Mail’s “War On Emo”, and more specifically, it’s consistent attacks on My Chemical Romance.
By 10.15am the group had swelled to around 200 and there was a celebratory atmosphere as would be expected with such a large group of like-minded individuals. We must remember, of course, that everyone here thinks that My Chemical Romance are great.
We took some photos and will be updating this gallery throughout the day as well as bringing you interviews with some protesters.
We spoke to 16-year-old event organiser, Anni Smith – a proud My Chemical Romance fan and sufferer of depression herself.
“It’s been so amazing. We’ve achieved more than we thought we would and I’m so proud of our fans. The Daily Mail should take a look around.
“It was reported that My Chemical Romance created all this themselves but it’s not so much the power of the band as much as it is the power of the fans.
“We want to raise awareness of My Chemical Romance’s real message that when you’re feeling suicidal and depressed you should get professional help.
“We want people to understand how serious an issue depression is. It’s not a fashion trend.
Check out this montage video of the protest and see if you’re featured in it.
Find out more details at the official website.