A Part Of Me Just Died

According to reports (and pictures) it appears as though Gerard Way, the striking frontman of My Chemical Romance, has shorn his long dark locks and made way for a blond ‘do (below). (NOTE: I’m not sure where this photo came from, so this very well may be an old photo…you tell me.)  I know this shouldn’t upset me at all, but it does. I mean he’s going to have to buy all new eye makeup to go with his new haircolor. Everyone knows that blonds and brunettes look better in different colors. Gerard, you’re no longer a “cool” you’re a “warm”.

Speaking of hair color changes, the kids are also abuzz with formerly blond brother Mikey Way’s new Brendon Urie/ old skool Brandon Flowers look:  The general consensus is Gerard = downgrade, Mikey = upgrade. Your thoughts? Well you know what they say, brothers who dye together…uh…ok there’s no saying that starts that way. In any case, could the Way brothers be the hottest freaking siblings in The Scene?

In “real” news, Gerard told AOL Music that the new album will be “more dramatic, way more theatrical” than their first record, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. How is that even possible? Are there going to be bloodied vampires jumping out and biting me when I open the CD case or something? I cannot WAIT to find out!

Are you prepared to witness the greatest video ever created? Yes? Buckle up kids, because the geniuses at Fobsession have created a subtitled video to Fall Out Boy’s “Grand Theft Autumn/ Where Is Your Boy?”. My favorite part is when Patrick tells Pete to “Stop stealing my camera time!”

I’m not sure why, but the cover of the new Dashboard Confessional album really bums me out. Maybe it’s b/c it totally looks like an outake from an episode of The OC or something like that. Or maybe it’s this cover in combo with the 30 second spots for the Matchbox 20- or Coldplay-worthy video for “Don’t Wait” I keep seeing after watching an episode of The Hills on MTV.

Nora asked me how old Brendon Urie was and I exclaimed, “19 or something like that,” to which she responded, “Ok legal!” (Unlike YOU Teddy Geiger!) Ryan Ross and his adorable little painted harlequin face and rose-encrusted vest was so cute I wanted to put him in my pocket and take him home. I think this girl I spotted in the front row of the crowd (below) would agree with me when I say “Ryan Ross 4eva!”

As I’m sure you already know, Panic! is touring with the Lucent Dossier as a part of their act (below). These vaudvillian performers dance, disrobing, and cause general freakish sexiness onstage at any given time during the act. There was a LOT of stripping and leg spreading…at times I kinda wanted to cover some of these young kids’ eyes!

During the intermission they told “secrets” about the band members, including telling the crowd that Brendon is still a virgin…which prompted a weirdish enthusiastic squealing from the sea of girls in the audience. They also distributed Polaroids of the band members to the lucky kids at the front of the crowd. When they jokingly said that you could have the Polaroid for only 1 dollar, I saw about 500 teenage girls start thrusting dollar bills into the air, reaching over the barrier, waving their Washingtons like they were at some kind of pre-teen stripper joint. I have never in my life heard a group of young girls screaming SO LOUD in my ear.

Maybe they were shrieking so much because I kept singing along to all the songs. I could just hear them mentally asking each other, “um, who’s that old lady singing all the words? Umm.. SCARY!” I heard a seasoned 16 year-old complaining that she was “too old for all of this” and about all the 13 year-olds who were pushing in the crowd. It was like looking into a mirror of my own grumpiness!

Brendon is an excellent front man, gliding from one stage to another with elegant dance moves, looking mighty fine in his slim-fit pants and white ruffled shirt. His voice sounded great, just like how it does on the album. When he started the choreographed dancing with Lucient Dossier toward the end of the set I almost died inside. And do I even need to mention he’s quite the looker? Nope, didn’t think so.

In the last five minutes of the concert, all hell broke loose, with security guards rushing to the middle of the crowd for some unknown reason, then a dude somehow getting onstage, and doing a stage dive as one of the stage crew guys ran after him, then Brendon Urie jumping into the crowd–all in a span of 60 seconds. When Brendon finally got back on stage, his suspenders had been ripped from his body. It’s like someone passed around some crazy pills and everyone took them all at the same time.

I stood right next to the stage the whole time and almost lost my crap while dancing with Nora to “I Constantly Thank God For Esteban”.

Nothing could have made this show any better…except maybe a $20,000 windmill which couldn’t fit in Nokia Theater. Here’s the setlist according to the email I received after texting Wiredset:

  1. Introduction
  2. 2. The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And…
  3. 3. Time To Dance
  4. 4. London Beckoned Songs About Money Written…
  5. 5. Karma Police (cover of Radiohead)
  6. 6. Camisado
  7. 7. Nails For Breakfast, Tacks For Snacks
  8. 8. Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without…
  9. . Intermission
  10.  Cabaret
  11. 11. I Write Sins Not Tragedies
  12. 12. Tonight Tonight (cover of Smashing Pumpkins)
  13. 13. There’s A Good Reason These Tables Are…
  14. 14. I Constantly Thank God For Esteban
  15. 15. Fav Things