Electric Century Hint at Possibility of Debut Album in New Year

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While every member of My Chemical Romance has gone off and done their own thing since the band’s split in 2013, there’s one project that’s release keeps getting pushed back. On Monday (Jan. 4), former MCR bassist, Mikey Way, and his project, Electric Century, revealed that 2016 is going to be a good year for them. Taking to Twitter, the act posted “2016 is THE year.” The social media post comes after what feels like years of Way pushing the project back due to several issues, most importantly his rehab stint.

In November of 2014, the musician posted an open letter to fans in which he revealed that he had encountered and intervention and was directed to enter rehab earlier that year. Due to his rehabilitation, anything having to do with Electric Century, including their much-anticipated full-length debut, was pushed back, for good reason. After some quiet, the group revealed plans to release an exclusive Record Store Day 2015 EP which featured three new tracks and one of the first songs they released early on.

Even though Electric Century has been quiet, it doesn’t mean Way has been. Back in July of 2015, the bassist joined forces with Sum 41’s  Deryck Whibley when his side project, Deryck Whibley and the Happiness Machines, hit the California road for a three-date tour.

Mini My Chemical Romance Reunion at Deryck Whibley and the Happiness Machines Show

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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?

Guitar Hero Live Reveal First Batch of Song Titles

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Last month, Activision revealed that after a five-year hiatus, they would be bringing back their Guitar Hero franchise from the dead with several changes including a more realistic controller, a first-person perspective on the game, and a more modern tracklist as opposed to the classic rock tracks of the past.

As part of their promotion for the new game, set to be released this Fall, the company unveiled 24 songs (and their rightful musicians) from the upcoming game. According to Rolling Stone, this first batch of song titles is just part of a weekly roll out that will eventually includes hundreds of song titles.

The songs from this batch include Ed Sheeran’s “Sing,” Pierce the Veil’s “King for a Day” featuring Sleeping with Sirens’ frontman Kellin Quinn, The Killers’ “When You Were Young” as well as Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up),” and My Chemical Romance’s “Na Na Na.”

The latter should not come as a surprise, since Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz and former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way were on hand during the unveiling back in April.

Check out the list below.

GUITAR HERO LIVE SONG LIST (BATCH 1):

The Black Keys, “Gold on the Ceiling”
Blitz Kids, “Sometimes”
Ed Sheeran, “Sing”
Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”
Gary Clark, Jr., “Don’t Owe You a Thang”
Green Day, “Nuclear Family”
The Killers, “When You Were Young”
The Lumineers, “Ho Hey”
My Chemical Romance, “Na Na Na”
Pierce the Veil, “King for a Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)”
The Rolling Stones, “Paint it Black”
Skrillex, “Bangarang”
The War on Drugs, “Under the Pressure”
Black Veil Brides, “In The End”
Rage Against the Machine, “Guerrilla Radio”
Judas Priest, “Breaking the Law”
Pantera, “Cowboys From Hell”
Sleigh Bells, “Bitter Rivals”
System of a Down, “Chop Suey!”
Alter Bridge, “Cry of Achilles”
Alt-J, “Left Hand Free”
Broken Bells, “Leave It Alone”
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Higher Ground”
The Pretty Reckless – “Going to Hell”

Guitar Hero to Make a Comeback in the Fall

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It’s been five years since the last “Guitar Hero” video game was released, and now, Activision and FreeStyleGames have announced the guitar-centric video game will be making a come back.

In a major press event earlier today, the people behind the hit video game officially announced that a new version of the game will be headed our way this Fall but no official release date was given. Some speculate this will happen during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June.

The new game will be called “Guitar Hero Live” which is one of the things that will make it different from it predecessors. “Guitar Hero Live,” like the name says, will be a live interactive game and will feature a new version of the plastic guitar as the controller.

Unlike past guitars, it will have six plectrums as opposed to the five from the previous incarnations; Fender, Gretch, Yamaha, Zildjian, and Blackstar have all contributed to the design.

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Another difference comes when the player is actually playing the game. Before, there used to be a figure representing the player, making it a little difficult to concentrate on the keys you needed to hit. But now, the point of view will be first person, allowing the player to see the “overly eager” fans in the crowd, or their fellow bandmates.

The footage will range from small nightclubs, to huge stadiums, all taking place in London.

Another issue that seems to have been kind of resolved, is the problem of the revolving door that is the music industry. When the game was at its prime, rock bands were all the rage, but now hip hop and dance music seem to be prominent. To keep up with the trend, the game will feature something called “Guitar Hero TV” which will let the player flip through genre-specfic channels for the music that best fits them as well as allow the player to play against friends or people across the globe, 24 hours a day.

Then, there’s the best part about the game. The music.

As of now, acts like Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The Killers, Pierce the Veil, Skrillex, The Black Keys, The Rolling Stones, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and several more have been confirmed.

In a cool twist, they had Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz and former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way on hand at the event to try out the new device.

Check out a video from the event below and the trailer for it.

All in all, a game we’re really excited for as music lovers, video game people and those weirdos who still have the “Guitar Hero II” game and guitar at home.

“Guitar Hero Live” will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PS3, Nintendo Wii U, and “select mobile devices.”

Gerard Way Announces North American Tour Dates

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Gerard Way has been to Europe several times to tour since the release of his solo album, Hesitant Alien, and now the former My Chemical Romance frontman revealed that he will finally be heading out on a North American tour.

The short tour will be a build up to his Boston Calling debut in late May; the festival announced he would be one of the artists performing at this year’s event earlier this month. The tour will officially begin on May 15 at First Avenue in Minneapolis and wrap up on May 23 at Boston Calling.

Tour dates can be seen below.

GERARD WAY’S NORTH AMERICAN TOUR:

May 15 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
May 16 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
May 17 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
May 19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
May 20 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
May 22 – Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
May 23 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Festival [tickets]

Tickets for all dates, with the exception of Boston Calling go on sale this Saturday, Jan. 31, at Noon, local time. And is this tour isn’t enough to get you excited, check out Way’s new song, “Cheap Lights” which he debuted over the weekend at in England.

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Ray Toro Releases Song to Honor Leelah Alcorn

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Former My Chemical Romance guitarist Ray Toro has released another new song from his solo project.
The new song is titled, “For the Lost and Brave.”

Along with the song, Toro released a message on his website about the song in which he reveals he had held back releasing the song on countless occasions, but decided to release it now that he released to honor of 17-year-old transgender teenager, Leelah Alcorn, after she committed suicide this past Sunday.

Read his statement below.

“I wrote this song about a year ago, waiting to release it on my record when it was complete. There have been many times that I’ve almost put it out, but have always found a reason to hold it back. But lately there seems to be so much hate and misunderstanding in this world.

As I’m sure many of you felt after reading the news of young Leelah Alcorn taking her own life, my heart sank. I felt sick. Yet another young life gone because of not being heard, not being understood, and not being unconditionally loved for who they truly were. After hearing her story, and reading her final Tumblr post, I finally felt it was time to share the song.

It is time we learn to accept each other for who we truly are. Being seen, heard, and truly loved as our authentic selves is something we all want, and something we all deserve.”

For those interested in an update on Leelah’s story, a private burial was reportedly held for her today because her spineless jellyfish parents were scared of all the backlash they have received from the public after her suicide and even more so after her mother went on national television and continued to refer to her by not only her given name but also using male pronouns.

As for Toro, this will be the third song he has released since announcing his plans to become a solo artist back in August.

My Chemical Romance Records to Be Released as Vinyls

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March 2015 will mark two years since My Chemical Romance completely shocked their fan base by announcing that they would be splitting up.

Though this came as a massive shocker, it didn’t take long for each individual member to start their own individual music projects.

This Afternoon, it was announced that both their second and third album (Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge and The Black Parade, respectively) would be reissued as vinyls.

Funny enough, the rumors of a vinyl version of the records has been circulating for a while now. A few months back, a website named Shop Radio Cast had posted that they would be releasing both albums on vinyl, but many got suspicious of the posting since there was no track listing or release date in the information area.

According to the band’s former Warner Bros. associated website which is now headed by a site administrator rather than the band, the vinyls will be available at Hot Topic and Newbury Comics.

Both record will be available for purchase beginning on Feb. 10, but both retailers will have different versions of the records.

That and other information such as where to directly purchase them can be seen below.

“We’re happy to announce that “Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge” and “The Black Parade” are back in print on vinyl and will be available beginning February 10th!  To mark the occasion, there will be two color versions available exclusively at Hot Topic and Newbury Comics.  See below for details.

 
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Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge – CLEAR w/ Red Splatter
The Black Parade – CLEAR
 
Newbury Comics – http://bit.ly/1sE20Kq
Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge – Opaque Red
The Black Parade – Opaque Grey”

No Devotion to Headline U.K. Tour in January

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It’s been a year since the creation of No Devotion, and the band are already planning on heading out on a headlining tour in January.

The band which features former members of the now tarnished and defunct Lostprophets as well as Thursday frontman, Geoff Rickly have revealed a handful of tour dates in the United Kingdom for January 2015.

The tour will begin on Jan. 19 in Bristol at The Fleece and wrap up a few days later in London at the O2 Academy Brixton.

Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way will be opening for them on selected dates including Birmingham, Southampton, and Reading.

Tour dates can be seen below.

NO DEVOTION 2015 UK TOUR DATES:

Jan. 19 – Bristol @ The Fleece

Jan. 20 – Birmingham @ O2 Academy

Jan. 21 – Southampton @ O2 Guildhall

Jan. 22 – Reading @ The Bowery District

Jan. 23 – London @ O2 Academy Brixton

While No Devotion has released three tracks, the band have yet to formally announced the release date for their debut record. They have, though, released a special Singles 2014 boxset, which includes 12” versions of their previously released songs including “Stay” and “10,000 Summers.”

Frnkiero andthe Cellabration to Head Out on First Headlining Tour

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Over a year after announcing the creation of his new music project, Frank Iero has now announced that Frnkiero andthe cellabration will be heading out on their first ever headlining tour.

Up until now, the band have been playing the role of supporting act for several bands including Taking Back Sunday and The Used, but now, they will be the headliners for their trek across the country.

The former My Chemical Romance guitarist had told fans yesterday to keep their eyes open for some exciting news, and like promised, today the tour was revealed as well as the tour dates.

The almost two month trek will begin on Feb. 18 in New York at The Studio in Webster Hall and visit several North American cities before wrapping up in Iero’s home state of New Jersey at Asbury Park’s The Stone Pony on Apr. 2.

“I’m really looking forward to finally bringing the whole record to the stage,” said Iero in a statement.

Stomachaches started out as a personal challenge to overcome how I felt and transform my adversity into something beautiful and creative. It has now taken on a completely new life and started to change and evolve the more I share these songs publicly. I’m excited to see how far the band and the work can grow as a result of touring it in its entirety.

The Homeless Gospel Choir and Modern Chemistry will be joining Iero and the rest of the band on the tour. Full tour dates can be seen below.

FRNKIERO ANDTHE CELLABRATION TOUR DATES:

02/18 – New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
02/19 – Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Upstairs
02/20 – Albany, NY @ The Hollow Bar + Kitchen
02/21 – Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
02/24 – Montreal, QC @ Underworld
02/25 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
02/26 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
02/27 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
02/28 – Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick
03/01 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
03/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
03/04 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
03/05 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
03/06 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court Gallery
03/07 – Boise, ID @ Shredder
03/10 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
03/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
03/13 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
03/14 – West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
03/16 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live
03/24 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
03/25 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
03/26 – Tallahassee, FL @ Pug’s Live
03/27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
03/28 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
03/30 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
03/31 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
04/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
04/02 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony

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Electric Century Back in the Studio

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When Mikey Way revealed to fans the reason behind why he and his electro-pop group had not released their debut record yet, everyone started to realize that it was in Way’s best interest to get better and face his demons than to go forward with his new act and get worse.

Turn out, that his post about battling heavy addiction has led to more than just clean living; now he’s heading back into the studio to work on Electric Century and get that album out to the fans who supported him through his recovery.

Both Way and his partners in the act Dave Debiak (Sleep Station) and Justin Siegel (ex-Stars in Stereo) are officially in the studio working on what can only be assumed to be Electric Century’s full-length debut that was supposed to be released this year.

Way posted a picture from the studio on his Instagram with the simple caption “(((studio vibes))).”

We hope those studio vibes are nothing but the best for him.

Even though we haven’t gotten a full album yet, EC did give us a taste of what we can expect earlier this year in the form of their lead single, “I Lied.”