Above: From Hair to Eternity - Gerard Way tries to remember when his date with the hairdresser is.
While My Chemical Romance fans may still be in mourning over the loss of Gerard Way's long, black locks, they are consoling themselves with the news that The Black Parade, the new album from My Chemical Romance, will be released on October 24th. "I haven't slept or eaten in weeks because all I can think about is the new My Chemical Romance CD," one fan wrote to us after reading the passage on her favorite band in Confessions from the Velvet Ropes. "I went into a mild depression after Gerard cut his hair, but I think I'm finally getting used to it."
I wrote back and told our melancholy hair-hopper about the time I went to see The Cure at the westside Piers in New York in 1986 (I was in a baby carriage, of course). Thousands of Cure fans showed up with Robert Smith-style hairdos -- teased and Aquanetted black rat's nests as far as the kohl-lined eye could see -- who also shelled out money to buy little Robert Smith puppet heads on a stick. So here was this mass of Smith doppelgangers holding little Smith puppets, all with the same angst-ridden hairdos. And then La Smith took to the stage, sporting a fresh crewcut!...and instantly transforming the sea of worshipful imitators into a swamp of passe posers...but that didn't stop anyone from enjoying the show. (I believe they opened with "A Hundred Years", but what do I know - I was merely an infant in black lace diapers...)
For those who have not yet read my book, Confessions from the Velvet Ropes, there is a scary yet hilarious anecdote in it that involves Gerard Way and the rest of My Chemical Romance being stalked by a crazy fan during their DJ gig at MisShapes, the exclusive downtown club that figures heavily in the book. Not long ago, a gaggle of My Chemical Romance fans took to discussing this matter on their live journal page.
And for those who have not yet seen it, here is a video preview of My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade...
Thanks for reading,