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Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance speaks to mental health, Billy Corgan

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“My Turning Point” podcast host Steve Baltin will celebrate the 100th episode of the show tomorrow (October 12) with a very special guest: Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance.

Baltin, a renowned music journalist and Diversity Contributors, two years ago, launched a podcast with Live X Live and producer Adam Chavez and reached out to Way to mark the milestone event.

“I never imagined we would have 100 episodes in a million years, so I always wanted to do something special for this milestone episode,” said Baltin. “I interviewed Gerard for an announced project earlier this year, and while trying to come up with the right idea for this episode, I asked him if it’s okay to use our interview – since it was an interesting talk – for the podcast. Being one of the best people, he has graciously blessed her. ”

Baltin – who has known Wake since MCR Frontman’s first interview at the Warped Tour stop in 2000 – had plenty of room to make Way’s decision, including the decision to breathe after the band broke up in 2013, the winning reunion shows six years later, with Smashing Pumpkin’s frontman Billy Korgan. Her friendship, and My Chemical Romance’s landmark album “Welcome to the Black Parade.”

Baltin added, “As soon as you tune in you’ll hear that we’ve known each other for a long time, so it was an incredible conversation like all my interviews.” “And the depth he’s got behind the song ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ is incredible for any proud music geek.”

Asked about the New Jersey band’s victory, just before the reunion show-epidemic sold out in 2019 on The Shrine in Los Angeles, Way said: “It was the most fun of me playing the cam show.” The show was the highest-grossing gig at the event, clearing about 1, 1,500,000.

“After the band broke up and I had a lot of time to think and change and grow and do a lot of things, I started to create a real problem with control,” Way added. “So I started to test my own part in this, and think about playing big shows and working out a crowd and getting a crowd excited. And we always tried to keep our shows really authentic, almost like you don’t know what’s going to happen there day and night, even if we play the same song. So when it came time to do my cam again, I said to myself, ‘Okay, I’m not going to control the audience. I will not handle them. I’m not really going to make them work. I will let them do what they want. ‘And so it made that show even more fruitful. ”

Regarding his decision to stay out of the spotlight after the group broke up, Way said he was inspired by Dave Chappell, who took the time to close his comedy Central show.

Sed Way: “So Dave Chappell, by posting ‘Chapel’s Show,’ he left, which I was really concerned with. When I thought about ending my chemical romance, I found his condition, though very different from mine, obviously, Very relatable, being in this kind of machine that got too big and was a bit out of control, and then didn’t want to do it anymore because of mental health.

That time helped Wake understand what the band meant to fans, seeing the reaction to the music a few years later.

“I was very grateful, and was really blown away by it,” Way said. “When I saw the show, they just kept selling. And we kept adding them, and it kept selling again, and I was like, ‘Wow, something happened over the years that this band left. “

Speaking of his relocation to California, Way credited Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Korgan for providing guidance and assistance.

“He’s so smart, and over the years he’s told me so much that I’ve chatted with him,” Way said. “She is OK. And when I moved to LA, he would go with me to the vintage room and try MPS, [because] I was looking for a heavy word. He will go and try things with me. But he has advised me year after year. Some of it I wasn’t ready to listen to, some of it I had to find out for myself.

Way also talks about the Queen’s influence – especially the song, “Bohemian’s Happsods” – in the recording of “Welcome to the Black Parade”. ‘Bohemian hapsapsodi’ has always been the effect of this song, “he said.” Just this big sweeping section change and things like that. You can get some inspiration from it, but we can’t try to do it. “

The path continues: “The victory of the human soul over darkness was something that was built into the band’s DNA from the beginning. Self-realization, the victory of the soul and things like that, going through really hard things. There is darkness in the world. And I think beyond that darkness. By the way, externally and internally that darkness is a beautiful thing. It’s a challenging thing, but if you can do it, it’s beautiful, if you can win over it. There are.

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