The MCR/FOB Dilemma

Well I know I’m a little late to the party, but in recent music news: Fall Out Boy got back together, and My Chemical Romance recently broke up a little over a week ago, devastating many of MCR’s fans. The break up is a little bit of a disappointment to me; I would listen to them occasionally, and I was interested to hear this rumored fifth album they were making. We also have Fall Out Boy releasing a new album very soon as well.

What I’ve been able to discern from this recent news is simply this: the world can only handle one punk/emo band at a time. FOB has been gone since 2008 and since then, MCR has released one full length album that didn’t receive the best of reviews, and they released 5 EP’s, each containing 2 songs only (called the “weapons of destruction” series.) Maybe some higher being called MCR and was like “You guys have done too much, you gotta get out of here, world can’t handle another album this soon!” And so, with that band out of the scene, Fall Out Boy could attempt to try and make their Comeback of the Year (yes that’s a song pun, yes I know it was terrible.)

So now we wait and see what Fall Out Boy has to offer, in the meantime, might I suggest that if you weren’t a big MCR fan, watch some fan reaction videos to their breakup. Those things are hysterical. I for one don’t have major interest in either band, but I’m going to keep my eye on things and see if any updates occur. Look Alive, Sunshine! (Okay that’s the last one I promise.)

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Green Day and Paramore at SXSW: Show Impressions

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Anyone who knows me should know that Green Day and Paramore are two of my favorite bands. So when I heard that both of them had recently performed at the South by Southwest film and music convention/festival, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to go and talk about the bands that I love. The two bands have both encountered some recent setbacks recently, which made me even more excited to see videos of their performances.

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day had a breakdown on stage at the iheart music festival just before their first album of their “Uno, Dos, Tre” trilogy was to be released. This resulted in low record sales, and Billie was admitted into rehab until just a month ago when he was released. Paramore lost the Farro brothers, Josh and Zac, who helped supply a lot of the writing for the band. Without a lead guitarist and drummer, Paramore went on with Vocalist Hayley Williams, Bassist Jeremy Davis, and guitarist Taylor York. After a year or so, the band recruited the former Angels and Airwaves Drummer Ilan Rubin and together they started recording a new self titled album that is to be released April 9th.

I viewed videos from each performance, and each had it’s own variety of fun. The first band I watched was Green Day, and this was the first show Billie would perform ever since getting out of rehab. It seemed to me the whole time that Billie was “testing the waters” and going at things in a very causal manner, unlike the past shows, but then again, this time he wasn’t hyped up on pills and alcohol and could keep his composure this time around. The band sounded really great and there was good energy coming form he band and crowd, despite having a tamer version of Billie up on stage. Ether way, it’s good to see the band back to finally promote their set of albums.

Then I went on to watch a full performance video of Paramore, and I must say, I was very impressed. I had only heard their drummer perform on the two singles they have released for the album, Still Into You and Now. There was a lot of discussion over Ilan and if he would be a good replacement, and all I have to say is that he does a fantastic job, and i think he will be a good alternate for the new Paramore.

The band itself teemed with energy the entire time, and that’s something I appreciate very much in a concert, cause it isn’t called a “performance” for nothing. I only wish they had a bigger stage to perform on, it would have been cool to see what else he band could have done in a larger setting. The songs sounded really good, but that may have been to the help of all the electronic instrument help that could be shown further in the back of the stage. In the end, I liked the show they gave; Hayley was great and talked to the crowd and kept them participating late into the night, and I only wish I was there in person.

To summarize things, the bands were fantastic, both sounded great and played hard. It was weird to see Billie Joe performing very calmly, but I’m looking forward to seeing what tricks they’ll pull while on tour this year. The Paramore Performance has made me very excited for the upcoming album, and I will hopefully be able to see them on tour if they come to my town.

Another Pop Star Loses Their Cool

I’ve been watching the news and going on music websites, and recently it seems the newest story going around is about the one and only Justin Bieber and his recent meltdown that occurred while on his tour in the UK. A brief disclaimer, Justin Bieber is certainly not an artist I care for, I really do not like his music in the slightest, though I found this story about his recent breakdown to be interesting and wanted to learn more.

Before we get into his lashings at the paparazzi, here’s a quick breakdown of what happened (The entirety of the week can be better explained with the article posted below.) First, Mr. Biebs was denied access to a club even though he was old enough to get in. This was due to the fact that the 19-year old wanted to bring in some underage friends who couldn’t come along. Then, Things got worse when the star showed up late for his very own show at the O2 arena. Justin blamed being late on having some breathing issues before the show.

Then you have the final blow. Justin was on his way to his limo when the infamous paparazzi attacked him, telling him to never come back and that he is a terrible musician. The one throwing most of these insults was what the article describes as “a very large and tough-looking member” of the paparazzi. Now, I don’t know about anyone else here, but if I was having a tough week and was being called out by a rather menacing looking photographer, I would be one to just hop in my vehicle and try to avoid any confrontation. Wouldn’t Justin Bieber want to do the same?

No. In a surprise move, good little Justin Bieber throws a complete 180 and starts to threaten the man.

This results in what I could only find as a rather funny and unusual outburst. I can see Justin telling the man he would beat him up, meanwhile swearing up a storm, something I personally have NEVER seen this pop star do. It’s quite amusing in one of the videos I have seen, considering I myself would never even attempt to insult a man who hulks over me in size. I give Justin some major credit for standing up to a man who looks like he could easily knock him out in one punch.

Now the dust is settling form the incident, and Bieber has retreated to the almighty twitter to express his anger. This is where Justin could handle this situation professionally, but he doesn’t. He sends out tweets such as “I am never going back to the UK AGAIN” and “I was working out every morning and had a huge show every night. When people are pushing their camera in your face all day long and yell mean things at you – I’m only human, too.” And while I can see his argument in the stress that comes with touring, he could have handled this better. These tweets come across as very childish in manner, and have the attitude of a child who has just been scolded for the first time. Tantrums are not the way for a 19 year old to react to a “tough” week.

All that being said, I can understand Justin on one thing, and one thing only from this incident. that is the hatred of this thing we have created known as the paparazzi. I think people have a right to live their lives, and it shouldn’t be interrupted by people who want to take pictures of you eating because for some reason we find celebrity lunches to be something to be marveled at. The concept baffles me and I don’t get it one bit, “WOW HE’S EATING A SANDWICH THAT’S SO AWESOME!” is never a statement I have made when I see a photo of a celebrity.

So in conclusion, Justin should learn to handle future incidents with a tad more maturity, and the paparazzi is a strange creation of society.

Article available here: http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/108034/Meltdown-Justin-Bieber-Blames-Being-Human-For-Disastrous-London-Trip