Watch Gerard Way In New Music Video

My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way makes an appearance in the video for Japanese Rock Legend Kyosuke Himuro’s new song ‘Safe and Sound’.

The track featuring the New Jersey native was discovered as a surprise online last month, with no mention of the collaboration from Himuro or Way. It is set to be featured on the alternative ending of Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete, when it is rereleased this month. The video features Gerard singing a verse and chorus and being shown onscreen more than the entire backing band put together. You can download the song as of now from the Itunes store.

In other My Chemical Romance news, the band have announced that they will be playing Japan’s Summer Sonic festival this summer, alongside Linkin Park. MCR have also posted photos of themselves on their official website, showing them working in the studio. The band are currently working on their fourth studio album and the follow-up to 2006’s critically-acclaimed ‘The Black Parade’, rumoured to be released before the end of the year.

Are you a fan of the song?

Download Announce Trigger The Bloodshed, Steel Panther Plus 15 More Acts

Download Festival have released the latest batch of bands that will storm Donington Park this year. At the top of the list are Download 2008 alum death-metallers Trigger The Bloodshed, LA glam-rock favourite’s Steel Panther and day-glo screamo-crunkers Hollywood Undead.

Other acts in the mixed bunch are Iron Maiden offspring Lauren Harris, who will play her third year of the festival this year, British punk/hardcore band Hexes (who boast A/Radio 1’s Daniel P. Carter on vocals). Hunting The Minotaur, White Man Kamikaze, Sacred Mother Tongue, Japanese Voyeurs, Loverman, Black Spiders, General Fiasco, 69 Eyes, Dear Superstar, Puller Apart By Horse, Brides and Violent Soho will also join headliners Faith No More, Slipknot and Def Leppard this June.

Sonisphere Announce Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Third Stage Details

Sonisphere have unveiled a brand new third stage for the Knebworth-based festival, boasting debut UK performances from Slipknot members, a batch of new bands, a comedy stage and even a cinema.

‘Bohemia Village’ will be open on Thursday afternoon, available to all Sonisphere ticket holders and continuing into the wee hours of the morning. The third stage will be headlined by Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, aswell as ‘Knot Clown Shawn Crahan’s side project, Dirty Little Rabbits. More bands confirmed for Bohemia include Cancer Bats, Attack! Attack!, Rolo Tomassi, The Ataris and The Chapman Family.

Sonisphere have confirmed that all acts on the third stage will not conflict musically with any bands playing on the main stages, meaning you can squeeze in Corey Taylor before watching Metallica headline. Aswell as the new acts, Sonisphere have announced that Bohemia will include a ‘fairground of the damned’, a cinema playing ‘rock-friendly films’ aswell as a Jagermeister Rock Karaoke. If that wasn’t enough, throughout the day the village will host the Monster Energy Drink Ball Of Steel Stunt Show featuring motorcycle freestyling and if extreme sports isn’t your bag a plethora of comedy acts have been added to keep you laughing your hangover off.

Bohemia will also house the previously mentioned Guitar Hero: Metallica Experience which will give all you wannabes a chance to perform on Sonisphere’s main stage and emulate Metal monsters James, Kirk, Lars and Rob (and Jason Newsted).

Speaking to the official website, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor said he is “very excited to be a part of this festival. It’ll be the first show of its kind I’ve ever done in the UK, and I think there are many fans who’ve waited long enough to see it.”

The planners are definitely attempting to make Sonisphere more than just a bunch of bands on a stage, has this ‘Moulin Rouge meets Mad Max’ type extravaganza lured you into getting a ticket?

Sonisphere Announce Weekend Ticket Giveaway


Sonisphere have announced plans to give away three pairs of weekend camping tickets to the UK festival.

In an unusual twist, the competition will be a game of finders keepers, with three USBs (or Stickets) being planted at three London gigs this weekend. Clues to where the Stickets will be planted can be found on Sonisphere‘s  Twitter account, where clues will be posted about 24 hours before the gigs start.

The Sonisphere team had this to say: “Make sure your phone is Twitter enabled and take your rock lovin’ sonofabitch self out on the town and you might just get to see the hardest face-to-the-gravel guitar shredding line-up this summer has to offer for free”.

Whoever wins the tickets will gain entry to the Metallica and Linkin Park headlined event. The festival, which takes place in Knebworth on the 1st and 2nd August, boasts names such as Nine Inch Nails, Machine Head and Bullet For My Valentine, with more special guests still to be announced.

We like this Charlie and The Chocolate Factory/Easter Egg hunt style game, kudos to whoever wins- and if you do, please let us know where you found them!
Check the Sonisphere Website for full details of the festival and competition.