Cheers For Warped's Little Darlings!
than being able to sit down for interviews with wonderful people
like us, what does being on the Warped Tour mean to you?
Frank: Oh wow! Personally, ever since I was in bands at thirteen
I tried to do battle of the bands... play Warped Tour and things
like that. I never actually won any of the battle of the bands
but it's a dream come true to be on Warped. It really is! It's
unlike any other tour we've been on and you can't prepare for
it in any way. But it's definitely a dream come true to play with
some of my favorite bands of all time.
Seeing as though it's
Warped's ten year anniversary, give us some insight as to the
kind of kid you were when you were ten.
Frank: Asshole. I was such an asshole! Uhhh Delinquent. I was
told I was too intelligent for my own good but I don't know about
that. I didn't like authority and this was at ten!
Gerard: Tell me what has changed?
Frank: She just said ten, she didn't say now! But I could give
you the same answer; you never know!
Gerard: I didn't want to say anything.
Frank: I was pretty much like I am today but I wish I knew now
what I knew then. Does that make sense?
Gerard: I liked Star Wars when I was ten.
Do you still today?
Gerard: Oh yeah.
There's a rumor circulating
around that My Chemical Romance is the love child of the Warped
Gerard, Mikey and Frank in unison: Whoa! Wow!
Gerard: We are loved.
Frank: But what does that mean, that the Warped Tour and another
tour got together and had...
Gerard: Yeah like Ozzfest and Demolition Derby got together and...
but yeah, I feel it. We are extremely accepted and supported and
Frank: But I almost got shot the other night though. [He says
this almost nonchalantly as if it's a frequent occurence.]
Shot? As in shot, shot?
Frank: Pellet gun shot.
Why would someone want
to shoot you?
Frank: Oh, I wasn't allowed in a certain VIP barbecue that I wanted
Mikey: Chris was like, "just go up and tell them my name
and you'll get in" and the guy was like, "who?"
Frank: And he was like "I'll shoot you." [Forms a gun
with his hand and points it at me.] But as far as a lot of the
bands on this tour, they really respect us and it's great because
we really respect the bands. They come to watch us all the time
and it's been amazing.
Gerard: We're very lucky. We feel lucky everyday when some of
our favorite bands make time out of their day to come and watch
us. And they do that everyday.
Frank: The other day, well not yesterday but the day before, we
closed and it was really late like 8:10 to 8:40 and we didn't
think anybody was going to come to watch us. But it was all of
our favorite bands, like the Souls (Bouncing Souls) came out,
Anti-Flag came out... It's a beautiful tour!
Gerard: It made me proud.
Kinda like what happened
Frank: Oh yeah! That was amazing!
What happened anyway?
Frank: All the power went out; the generator exploded.
Gerard: It just went out yeah.
Frank: It has never happened to us, ever.
The response was incredible.
Frank: We traded a great set for a great experience.
*Note: Earlier that
day in mid-performance, My Chem lost all sound just as they began
to play their hit song "I'm Not Okay." Instead of walking
off and calling it a day, the band and the crowd began to sing
the song accapela. It was quite impressive to watch the dedication
and love that their fans have towards them.
Three Cheers for Sweet
Revenge is a very strong title. Whose concept was it and is the
band afraid of karma?
Gerard: Is the band afraid of karma? Uh...wow!
Frank: See here's the thing... [Turns to Gerard] Before you say
anything... think about what you were going to say because I want
to say something about karma.
Mikey: I think the album is a product of good karma. I think we've
done good things for people and I think that what occurs from
the album can only be good. We've never done anything wrong to
anybody. Revenge is meant in a different sense, not in the literal
sense. You know?
Frank: Here's the thing about karma. 'Oh if you don't do this,'
something bad is going to happen but who's the one striking down
on people? Somebody needs to do that. So if we're the ones to
serve the revenge that's fine by me. Maybe we're just the angels
Gerard: Now it feels like when we play, we have a purpose. There
hasn't been a moment... once in a while you get a little depressed,
caught up in something else, but we feel like we have purpose
every time we play to do some kind of damage. Not really to ourselves
or to the equipment or anything but to what's generally accepted
as okay. Like chewing up and spitting up the same bullshit, sounding
like everybody else, being homophobic, all these things that are
very accepted in punk rock that are amazingly still alive and
well. It's fucking shocking...
Frank: People never cease to amaze us.
Gerard: ...and it doesn't feel like a threat to those bands you
know. Really close friends of ours have said that and it's probably
the best compliment that I've ever gotten for the band, that we
were a threat. Ever since hearing that, I take it to heart everytime
we get on stage.
In 'To The End', why
does the elevator only go up to ten and would you feel okay getting
off on the thirteen floor?
Gerard: Well, I felt that picking a lower number would be like
'I can't get high enough' so I had to pick somewhere around ten.
I felt like I just needed to get higher; like the top just isn't
good enough. I think that's kind of a metaphor in how we feel
and how we operate as a band, that the top isn't good enough since
that's not what we're after. It's not good enough for us because
we want to make a difference and actually change things. We don't
just want things thrown at us. But I've gotten off on thirteenth
floors. They make them right?
I know someone that
lives on the thirteenth floor.
Gerard: You do?
I truly do.
Frank: It's good luck.
I think so.
Frank: I think it's good luck.
Gerard: I'm superstitious though.
When you listen to
a CD you need something to reference it to. When I listen to MCR,
your sound changes from one song to the next and I hear a whole
slew of things. Was this done deliberately?
Gerard: We can't really write songs that sound alike. We like
to capture moods and you can definitely pinpoint those moods.
You can say this is the same kind of mood or feel. We like to
explore themes and moods but style is something we can't live
with ourselves doing over and over. And if that means we run out
of material eventually then that's fine because you'll never get
something twice from us.
When I read some of
the lyrics the main theme of the CD seems to be about death or
the end of something... That accurate?
Gerard: Yeah. The record started as a concept record and ended
up being more about loss than anything and that had a lot to do
with me and Mikey losing our grandma in November. It changed everything
and we were just about to finish writing the record. So I reevaluated
what I was going to write lyrically. I didn't intend on it. I
actually didn't even reevaluate it, I just said, "well, let
me just write from the heart" and in the end, listening to
the record, I was like 'wow this record is really about loss.'
It took me a couple listens to really get the scope of the record
and to realize that it was really that blatantly about loss and
death throughout almost every song. But I think death is something
that we'll always write about because it's both tragic, negative
and beautiful at the same time. It's very beautiful and it can
be a very positive thing.
If you could come back
after death to "put the wrong things right" what would
you most likely need to fix up?
Frank: So if we were to die today?
Yeah in like an hour.
Frank: I don't know.
Gerard: Let's say the whole band died, we'd just get back together
and start playing again!
You'd find each other.
Gerard: Yeah, I think that's what we'd do because this feels like
our purpose. You know, it seems like our cause.
Frank: We're definitely not done yet!
Gerard: Yeah, if we died I feel like we would find each other
and just start over.
Do you think writing
in the first person makes you more vulnerable?
Gerard: Umm... sometimes. I was always worried it was going to
make me an egomaniac. I was more worried about that, but then
I realized that the way I ended up writing is just more I, I,
I, instead of a you and a we. When I say "I" I usually
mean the band. I usually mean it in a way that I think that these
guys are feeling it at the same time without saying we. [turns
to Frank and Mikey] Don't you feel that way? Like when we're on
stage and they're
singing with me, I feel like they mean it the same way.
Frank: It's a more definite thing, more urgent.
You're in a karaoke
bar and you've had too much sake. What song...
[Frank turns to Gerard] I know what you're going to say!
...do you sing and
do you totally rock it or do you totally kill it?
Frank: He rocks the shit out of it! Totally Bon Jovi!
Gerard: Bon Jovi... 'Living On A Prayer.' It's funny because a
lot of people give me shit when we go to karaoke because I won't
Gerard: Yeah. I'm terrified of karaoke unless I'm wasted! That's
the only way I can do karaoke.
You can go on stage
and perform for a whole bunch of people...
[Gerard shrugs as if to say that he doesn't understand it either]
Frank: It's funny because it's rare that we would be out and not
Gerard: Yeah, yeah, that's true. [to Frank] What would you sing?
Frank: I have been known to do 'I Got You Babe' with a friend
of mine, Greg Southside and we do the shit out it! We've been
kicked out of bars because we did it so well. But Ray would like
to sing probably 'Only The Good Die Young'.
Gerard: By Billy Joel.
In 'You Know What They
Do To Guys Like Us In Prison' the main character is made to do
pushups in drag. If you were forced to so something in drag, what
would you choose to do?
[everyone breaks out in laughter]
Frank: I liked the "if you were forced, what would you choose
Gerard: It's like the drag fairy comes by and says "what
would you like to do?" Ahhmm yeah, karate.
Gerard: No. Really, I would do what I did when I dressed in drag
this one time before. I went to school in drag, in art school
and my day was completely different because everybody thought
I was a chick.
Frank: He looked like Christina Ricci.
Gerard: You should see me as a chick. So I went as a girl, as
like an experiment and it worked really well and everyone was
really nice to me but I couldn't talk obviously... You know train
conductors were really cool to me on my commute...
Frank: I would date Gerard.
Gerard: HA! I looked hot as a chick.
Which of your band
mates is most likely to accidentally stick a fork in a toaster...
...and who would yell
'Hey! It's still plugged in!'
Mikey: That would be me.
Gerard: I would definitely be the one yelling. I think we're all
very protective of Mikey for things like sticking forks in toasters.
Frank: It's funny because when we were recording, me and Mikey
lived together and I would go to Gerard after and be like, "I
can't believe he did this today."
Mikey: Yeah, I would leave the tea on overnight.
Frank: God forbid that kid ever lives alone!
Gerard: He had to promise he would watch him because he likes
to do this thing where he'll take a heater into the shower and
plug it in...
Frank: Oh god!
Gerard: ...and there's water everywhere!
Mikey: I did that one time...
Gerard: What about the times with the radio?
Mikey: ...and I was pretty warm when I did it though.
You are offered something
for free. Which do you choose? Sky diving lessons, a custom tattoo,
a lap dance from an exotic dancer or 50 free sun tanning sessions?
Gerard: Oh the lap dance!
Frank: The tattoo.
Mikey: What were they again?
[Everyone helps little Mikey out]
Mikey: I guess the tattoo.
Frank: I knew it! Which is funny because you don't have any.
Gerard: You would see what you could get and trade it for money.
Seeing as this is an
electoral year, which person on the Warped Tour would you choose
to run the country and why would they get your vote?
Gerard: Fat Mike.
Frank: #2 from Anti-Flag. That kid can rally.
Gerard: Can they run together?
The Velvet Bag of Doom:
First up is Frank who pulls fill in the blanks from the bag.
Caution! Do not put
_____ anywhere close to me!
Frank: Our drummer.
Oh no! I didn't pack
Frank: Enough underwear.
If I was ever to miss
the bus, I would ________
Frank: Stay home.
Mikey's up next and
he pulls word association. First thing that comes to mind.
Mikey: Uh. Coca Cola
Mikey: I don't know!
Gerard: Not even a bare ass?
Gerard pulls 'name
the band associated to the lyric'
"And you will
tell all your friends you've got your gun to my head"
Gerard: We can do another one because I've sang that one with
Taking Back Sunday on stage.
Okay then, round two
is a word association again... First thing that comes to mind.
Why should the world
give a damn about My Chemical Romance?
Gerard: Because we give a damn about it.
Frank: Save your life.
Gerard: Yeah. Good enough for me. And there are so few people
that actually do give a damn about the world.
Gerard: I have a nihilistic attitude so it's like, the new gay...it's
popular. You know what I mean?
Frank: Popsicle is the new black.
Gerard: What did I say? Oh yeah. Screaming is the new gay, everybody's
Frank: I wish it were Popsicle.
Frank: Popsicles should be the new black and then everyone would
Interview With Gerard From My Chemical
Last night I had the
chance to sit down with Gerard Way. He is the singer of the band
My Chemical Romance. I figured I'd throw some questions in that
were "off-topic" just to keep things fun and interesting.
All of the interviews I've done so far have been TOO similar for
my liking. I like things to not be redundant. I like variety,
however I could only think of a couple funny/off-topic questions.
So in this case I asked my girlfriend Amy to write a couple funny
questions up. So without more babbling from myself here is the
In what way was recording the new album (Three Cheers For sweet
Revenge) different then recording your first album(I Brought You
The Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love)?
of My Chemical Romance): We had a lot more time to do it. We had
a lot more time to write it and we got to develop as a band, really
find out who we were before we made another record. On this first
record we had only been a band for 3 months.
Mike: What is the craziest
moment/experience you've had while on tour?
Gerard: Craziest thing
that ever happened to me was being attacked by a black bird. It
pecked the shit out of my head. We were at this hotel called The
Phoenix in San Francisco. We were leaving to go to a show the
next morning and the bird just fuckin' attacked my head. And the
next day Slipknot were there, they were coming in as we were leaving,
and they got attacked by birds too.
Mike: What would you
be doing right now if you weren't in My Chemical Romance?
I'd most likely be working a really crappy job at a bookstore
or something. If I wanted to be optimistic about it I'd have to
say I'd be doing something involved with art.
Mike: Who or what inspired
you to become a singer?
Gerard: Well it started
really young with Bruce Dickinson(Iron Maiden). He really inspired
me 'cause he's a great frontman, a great singer and I've always
been influenced by the way he sang. Also, obviously, Jeff from
Thursday inspired me as a person to just get up and do that. I've
been a fan of music and I've always wanted to be in a band. I
just never had the urge to be a frontman until I saw him do it.
I was like "You know what? It just seems so incredible and
it seems like he's actually making a difference and he was doing
something." Right at that moment is when I knew I would do
Mike: What's your favorite
venue to play right now?
Gerard: Uh, that's
really tough. I guess I'd say the Metro, yea, The Metro in Chicago.
Mike: Who is your favorite
band at the moment?
Gerard: My favorite
band at the moment is the Dresden Dolls, they're from Boston.
It's a guy and a girl. She plays piano and he plays the drums
and she also sings. You can find them on the web they're incredible.
Mike: What band or
bands would you like to tour with and why?
Gerard: We just got
a tour with Face To Face it's their "farewell tour."
And it's such an honor cause we've always wanted to tour with
them and to get offered their "farewell tour" is just
amazing. Iron Maiden is obviously another band I'd love to tour
with as well.
Mike: I'm going to
ask a few not-so-usual questions, kind of funny. Also kind of
wierd and feel free to answer if you'd like, if you don't wish
to answer just say it that's all okay?
Gerard: Alright, cool
man go for it.
Mike: Okay, what celebrity
or band do you hate the most and why?
Gerard: Well I don't
really hate any band and I know it's kind of avoiding the question
and not shit talk but no I really don't hate any bands. Celebrity
that may be a little easier. I guess it'd have to be some one
Mike: Kind of like
Gerard: Carrot Top
is a really good one. I kinda feel bad for him though. Same thing
with Pauly Shore so you really can't say that about him either.
You can't help but feel sorry for them both.
Mike: How long have
you gone without showering while on tour?
Gerard: About a week.
If you go longer then a week you might as well not even leave
the hotel. Not even bother to play, it just starts to smell so
Mike: Have you ever
let a guy grab your ass and enjoyed it?
Gerard: Um, lots of
people grab my ass. I'm actually starting to get this thing now
where people grab my package. That actually happened once in Boston,
it usually doesn't happen. We went over to England and it happened
at almost every show. I don't really enjoy any kind of invasion
of privacy like that I guess. Just the moment you're on stage
it doesn't phase you or bother you too much though. Grabbin my
package is obviously a total invasion of privacy I'm not into
that at all. Grabbing my butt I guess if it were a guy I'd enjoy
it. I mean, I guess it all depends on how he grabbed my butt too.
Mike: Who's the celebrity
you would want to have sex with the most and why?
Gerard: The Queen
Mike: Who in the band
gets the most ladies?
Gerard: Uh, we're
not really a lady-band. Ray is really the only single one. So
I guess ray would be getting all the ladies.
Mike: If you could
have sex with Paris Hilton, would you film it?
Gerard: Uh, no I wouldn't
want anyone to know I did that.
if you were to hook up with(kiss) any male celebrity who would
Gerard: I guess I'd
say Tobey Maguire, just 'cause he's Spider-Man.