For fans of the now defunct My Chemical Romance, nothing would be better than hearing the news that the band had gotten back together to put out new music. Though we don’t see that happening in the near future (and that’s coming from a die-hard My Chemical Romance fan) there’s always hope of a mini reunion to suppress our appetite momentarily.
Last night (July 7), our wish for a mini reunion finally came true at the final Deryck Whibley and the Happiness Machines show at Los Angeles’ The Lyric Theater. Former My Chem bassist Mikey Way had revealed last week he would be playing bass for the Deryck Whibley’s side band during their three shows stint in California.
In support of the bassist, two special guests attended the show; former My Chem frontman/Mikey’s brother, Gerard Way, and guitarist Ray Toro. The only person missing from the mini reunion was the group’s other guitarist, Frank Iero, whose band Frnkiero andthe cellabration is currently on tour with Against Me! and Annie Girl & The Flight.
While there’s no footage of the appearance, there was a photo from backstage posted on Instagram, showing the reunion in action.
So, can we keep our hopes that the next step is a real reunion?
It’s been over a year since Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley was admitted to the hospital for kidney and liver failure due to all the years of alcohol abuse and it looks like the time as well as the assistance from some unlikely friends, has helped the singer recover.
During the weekend, Whibley and his side band, Deryck Whibley and the Happiness Machines, played two shows in California; a kind of welcome back. Thanks to several audience members, footage from the Santa Ana show have already been posted online showing a less frail Whibley on the stage, singing some of Sum 41’s biggest songs.
Check out several videos from the group’s show at The Observatory at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana, CA.
Late last week, former My Chemical Romance bassist Mikey Way revealed on Instagram that he had been asked to join Whibley and the rest of the group, during the three shows in California.
As for the Sum 41 camp, the Canadian band will reportedly make their “comeback” later this month when they take the stage at the second annual Alternative Press Music Awards in Cleveland.
It looks like former My Chemical Romance bassist Mikey Way will be taking a short break from his new project, Electric Century, to give another band a hand.
The bassist revealed on Twitter that he would be joining Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley for three upcoming show. Whibley had revealed a few weeks before that he and his own side project, Deryck Whibley And The Happiness Machines, would perform some Sum 41 music during three California shows that they had planned.
The three shows will be some kind of a warm up for Whibley, who last year had been hospitalized due to some serious medical conditions stemming from years of alcohol abuse. As announced by Alternative Press, the Canadian band will be making their “comeback” at the Alternative Press Music Awards set to take place later this month. The band will reportedly perform.
Check out the three shows the group have planned.
Deryck Whibley And The Happiness Machines dates:
July 3 – Orange County, CA @ The Constellation Room at The Observatory
July 5 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
July 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Lyric Theatre