september-2010

Earthshine reflecting of the Moon. Photo taken in Longjing Township,Taichung County,Taiwan on 13 September 2010, 18:39 (UTC+8) by 阿爾特斯.At that time the moon was moving nearby Libra. 中文(繁體)‎: 地照反射月球,這張照片拍攝於2010年9月13日18:39分的台灣台中縣龍井鄉地區,當時月球正運行在天秤座附近。

Bootlegs (UPDATED 9/16/2017)

I know that I’m not accepting requests currently, but I decided to put some new ones down anyway. Again, I AM NOT ACCEPTING REQUESTS CURRENTLY, but when I start accepting requests again, If you’d like any bootlegs from this list (THERE IS NO LIMIT! YOU CAN HAVE AS MANY AS YOU GUYS WANT!), message me here on Tumblr OR email me at coolbootlegguy@yahoo.com.

Now, START SCAVENGING! :D

#:

- 3 Musketeers (Aaron Tveit)


- 9 to 5 (FINAL BROADWAY PERFORMANCE)


- 13: The Musical:

* Broadway

* Goodspeed


- 21 Chump Street (Brooklyn Academy of Music (June 7th, 2014) - Original Cast)


- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (OBC)


- 1776 (Professionally Filmed)


A:

- The Addams Family:

* Broadway and Chicago Mix 

* Chicago Preview


- Avenue Q (OBC)


- A Grand Night For Singing OBC (Video Freezes at 30.00)


- Annie Get Your Gun - May 5, 2006


- A Bed and a Chair (Bernadette Peters & Jeremy Jordan)


- The Apple Tree on Broadway with Kristen Chenoweth


- AHS Drama Department’s Is There Life After High School? (1996)


- Anastasia (Hartford)


- Aladdin:

* OBC 4/11/2014

* 2 Pre-Broadway bootlegs (Info N/A))


- An Evening with Sutton Foster (October 19th, 2013)


- A Bronx Tale (OBC)


- Amelie:

* LA with Phillipa Soo (December 4, 2016)

* First Broadway Preview (AUDIO)

* OBC

* Berkeley Rep with Samantha Barks


- Allegiance (OBC)


- Anything Goes (2011 Broadway Revival with OC)


- ANI (A Parody)


- A Chorus Line:

* 2006 Broadway Revival OPENING NIGHT

* OBC

* Original Run Closing Documentary April 1990


- American Psycho (Broadway Preview)


- An Act of God on Broadway with Jim Parsons


- A Very Potter Musical

- A Very Potter Sequel

- A Very Potter Senior Year


- American Idiot:

* Broadway (5/2/2010)

* Berkeley Rep with Matt Caplan

* Pace University 2015

* Los Angeles

* Pre-Broadway (10/9/2009)


- Assassins:

* Broadway (5/29/2004 with Neil Patrick Harris) 

* ORIGINAL OFF-BROADWAY CAST)


B:

- BroadwayCon Panels:

* History is Happening In Manhattan - The Hamilton Panel

* Even If You’re Little, You Can Do A Lot - Broadway Kids Panel

* Madame Secretary Panel (1-28-2017)

* Waving Through A Window - The Dear Evan Hansen Panel (1.29.2017)

* 10,514,880 Minutes: How Do You Measure 20 Years of RENT? - The Rent Reunion Panel

* In Trousers Reunion Panel

* Something Rotten! Panel (2016)


- Be More Chill (Play)


- Billy Elliot the Musical:

* London 2005 with Liam Mower

* Broadway 2008 with Trent Kowalik

* Chicago 2010 with Tommy Batchelor)


- The Bridges Of Madison County (Broadway 4/16/2014)


- Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (OBC)


- Bat Boy (OOBC)


- Bette Midler’s The Showgirl Must Go On


- The Book of Mormon:

* 2 OBCs with Subtitles (One has only English subtitles and the other has English & either Japanese or Chinese Subtitles. Both are different just so you know!)

* London

* Nic Rouleau & Ben Platt

* Presentation Performance (OBC) (Workshop some costumes, no set) (September 1, 2010)


- Big Fish (Pre-Broadway in Chicago)


- Bring It On Broadway (FULL with ad at beginning and & another in 5 parts)


- Bonnie & Clyde (Both have Jeremy Jordan & Laura Osnes; one is Broadway and the other has Unknown Info)


- Bright Star:

* Broadway (April 2016)

* Broadway (Second to last show (June 2016))

* Reunion Concert (12-12-2016)


C:

- Chess:

* Original Australian Cast, 1990

* Original Broadway Cast June 25, 1988 (CLOSING NIGHT - FINAL SHOW)

* 2008 with Femke Soetenga, Chris Murray & Christian Grygas

* Original London Production


- Cirque de Soleil Paramour (OBC)


- Camelot (Filmed Live on Broadway)


- Come From Away (OBC)


- Company:

* 2011 New York Philharmonic Production with Patti LuPone, Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Laura Thompson and Ariana DeBose

* Raul Esparza 

* 2006 Broadway Revival FINAL PERFORMANCE


- Cabaret with Emma Stone


- Curtains (OBC)


- Cry-Baby (OBC)


- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (London)


- Carrie:

* 2012 Off-Broadway Revival

* Stratford 1988 OPENING NIGHT with Betty Buckley

* Seattle 2013 with Alice Ripley as Margaret 

* FINAL PERFORMANCE (ACT 1 ONLY) with B-Roll Footage & Extras)


- Cats (2016 Broadway Revival (7/22/2016))


- Caroline, or Change (OBC)


- The Color Purple

* OBC 

* 2015 Broadway Revival, FULL

* 2015 Broadway Revival, ACT 2 ONLY


- ‘Cannibal! The Musical’ presented by Pineapple-Shaped Lamps


- Carousel (Lincoln Center with Jessie Mueller and Audra McDonald)


- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:

* West End (1/22/2015)

* West End (7/24/2013)


- Carousel (1994 Broadway Revival)


- Catch Me If You Can Broadway 2011 with Aaron Tveit


- Chicago:

* US Tour

* 2007 Cast


- Crazy For You:

* In the Wings Productions

* Paper Mill Playhouse


D:

- Disaster! on Broadway


- Dogfight


- Daddy Long Legs (Full Live Performance, 2015)


- Dirty Dancing International Tour in Rome


- Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog


- Disney’s Frozen on Ice (2015)


- The Drowsy Chaperone (Nipomo Theatre Company & another with Unknown Info)


- Dreamgirls:

* In Concert (2001) with Audra McDonald, Lilias White, and Heather Headley

* OBC


- Dear Evan Hansen:

* OBC

* Arena Stage (July 26, 2015) [AUDIO]


E:

- Evita (2012 Revival with Elena Roger)


- Evil Dead The Musical (Madison, Wisconsin (National Non-Equity Tour) at Overture Center For The Arts, September 13, 2014)


- Eclipsed on Broadway with Lupita Nyong'o


F:

- Fiddler on the Roof:

*2016 Broadway Revival 

*Broadway 2004


- The First Wives Club - The Musical (Pre-Broadway Tryout) 


- Follies:

* 2011 Broadway Revival with OBC

* Berlin, 1991

* In Concert, 1985


- Fun Home on Broadway 2015 (OBC)


- Firebringer


- First Date with Zachary Levi on Broadway


- [UPCLOSE HD] Frozen Musical - Disney California Adventure - Opening Day


- Finding Neverland:

* Cambridge, MA / A.R.T. (September & August 2014)

* Broadway (Preview)

* Broadway (Kevin Kern as J.M. Barrie)

* Broadway (Tony Yazbeck as J.M. Barrie)

* Alfie Boe


- Falsettos:

* 2016 Broadway Revival (Orchestra view) 

* 2016 Broadway Revival (Mezzanine view)

* 2016 Broadway Revival (Filmed Cinema Version)

* LA, 1993


- Falsettoland (Original Off-Broadway Cast) (NO SOUND FROM 0:09 TO 10:15, SOUND STARTS AT END OF MIRACLE OF JUDAISM)


-Footloose:

* 1999 National Tour in Boston, MA with Matt Morrison as Ren

* Tour on 1-15-2000 with Joe Machota, Kudra Owens, Teresa Marie Sanchez


G:

- Grey Gardens (Broadway - 12-6-06)

- Gigi OBC (2015-03-28)


- Grease 2007 Broadway Cast (with Laura Osnes & Max Crumm)


- Gypsy (2003 Broadway Revival, Filmed April 4, 2003, with Bernadette Peters)


- The Great American Trailer Park Musical! Live Off-Broadway (Final Performance)


- Ghost on Broadway


- Gone With The Wind (April 5, 2008, FIRST PREVIEW, AUDIO ONLY)


- Gypsy:

* 1990 Broadway Revival with Tyne Daly

* 1993 TV Film with Bette Midler


H:

- Hamilton:

* Chicago

* Andrew Rannells as King George III (ACT 1 ONLY)

* Javier Munoz (19.6.2016)

* Broadway (Mezzanine view)

* Broadway (Close-up view)

* Javier Munoz & Lexi Lawson

* 3-23-17 San Francisco (AUDIO)

* Broadway 12-28-16 Evening (AUDIO)

* Edit (with clips from public performances, Chicago, Broadway, etc.))


- Hairspray

* US Tour 2005 (Aaron Tveit as Link)

* Hollywood Bowl with Nick Jonas, 2011 [WITH SPANISH SUBTITLES]


- Hello, Dolly! (2017 Broadway Revival)


- Hand to God (Broadway (April 2, 2015))


- Honeymoon in Vegas OBC


- Holler If Ya Hear Me - Broadway, June 14t


- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse & Paper Mill Playhouse)


- Heathers:

* Off-Broadway with Dan Domenech as J.D.

* Concert reading at Joe’s Pub (September 14, 2010)

* Original Off-Broadway Cast with Ryan McCartan, ACT 1 ONLY)


- How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (1995 Broadway Revival)


- Hedwig and the Angry Inch:

* National Tour in Los Angeles, California at the Pantages Theatre (November 6, 2016) with Lena Hall & Shannon Conley

* Broadway with Darren Criss (5/07/15, July 2015 & another with an unknown date)

* Andrew Rannells (8/31/2014 & 8/20/2014)

* John Cameron Mitchell (1998 Off-Broadway & Crate (04/11/15 10PM, 3/27/15, 1/31/15)

* 2003 with Anthony Rapp

* Michael C. Hall (11/05/14)

* Neil Patrick Harris (5/04/14)


I:

- In the Heights

* OBC

* Broadway with Javier Munoz

* OBC Preview


- It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman (1975 ABC TV Special)


- Into the Woods (Broadway (2002 Revival & OBC Pro-Shot)


- If/Then:

* Jackie Burns (2015-02-22)

* 5-25-2014

* August 30, 2014, with Jackie Burns

* Final Broadway Performance

* OBC Preview (2014-03-08)


J:

- Jekyll & Hyde (David Hasselhoff)


- Julie Andrews Concert (Recorded Live on 2.17.1995 - Woodstock 99 East Stage in Rome, NY)


- Jersey Boys on Broadway


- Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (TV Movie by Really Useful Films, 1999 with Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough & Robert Torti)


K:

- The King & I (2015 Broadway Revival, 2015-03-15)


- Kinky Boots (OBC Preview (Full video & 3 Parts on Vimeo))


- Kiss Me, Kate at BBC Proms


L:

- Little Women (OBC)


- The Lyons on Broadway (May 17, 2012)


- Leap of Faith on Broadway (OBC)


- Legally Blonde:

* Broadway (MTV Filmed)

* Broadway (7/1/2007)

* Broadway (4/14/2007)

* San Francisco (2/7/2007)

* Korea (3/11/2010)


- The Light in the Piazza (Filmed Live on Broadway & another bootleg with Unknown Info)


- Les Miserables:

* 10th Anniversary Concert with English & Chinese Subtitles in HD

* 2014 Broadway Preview

* Hollywood Bowl

* Greg Stone as JVJ

* 2014 Broadway Revival (Info N/A)


- Lestat (OPENING NIGHT ON BROADWAY & San Francisco)


- Little Shop of Horrors (2003 Florida Broadway Tryout & 2006 UK Tour)


- Love Never Dies

* Reworked Australian Production

* London (4/29/2010 with pre-changes, missing 25 mins of act 1 & some washouts)

* Ben Lewis and Anna O'Byrne


M:

- Memphis on Broadway (Pro-Shot)


- Merrily We Roll Along:

* Original Australian Cast 1996

* OBC


- The Music Man (2003 TV Movie with Matthew Broderick, Kristen Chenoweth & Cameron Adams)


- The Mystery of Edwin Drood (National Tour US and Info N/A)


- Much Ado About Nothing (Unknown Info)


- Me and My Dick (Original Cast)


- Mamma Mia!:

* London (2/11/2014)

* Pre-Broadway National Tour


- Mary Poppins (Original London Cast, ACT 1 ONLY)


- My Favorite Broadway - The Leading Ladies (09.28.98 at Carnegie Hall)


- Matilda:

* Eliza Holland

* Tori Feinstein

* Oona Laurence (3/6/2013)

* Ripley Sobo (8/23/2014 Matinee)

* Sophia Gennusa


- Miss Saigon:

* Broadway (1/7/2001 with Lea Salonga & Will Chase)

* Manila


N:

- Newsies:

* OBC (March 17, 2012)

* Broadway with advertisements of the filmed version at the beginning of the bootleg

* The Ultimate Broadway Fan Film

* The Filmed Cinema Version)


- Next to Normal:

* LAST PERFORMANCE of Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano, and Brian d'Arcy James with speeches at the end

* Second Broadway preview with OC

* Broadway with Jessica Phillips and Kyle Dean Massey

* Off-Broadway (Early Version, Original Cast)

* U.S. Tour


- On the 20th Century (2015 Broadway Revival (3/3/2015 & 2/21/2015)


- Noises Off (2015 Broadway Revival)


- Nice Work If You Can Get It (OBC)


- Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812:

* OBC

* Scott Stangland u/s Pierre


O:

- Oklahoma! with Hugh Jackman


- The Other Palace (London) - Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda Live Stream 


- Oliver! (London, 2010)


- On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (2011 Broadway Revival with Jessie Mueller)


- Once on Broadway


- On Your Feet! (OBC Preview (October 17, 2015))


P:

- The Phantom of the Opera:

* Broadway (7/21/2016)

* Norm Lewis’ FIRST PERFORMANCE

* London (2/26/2005)


- Pacific Overtures - 1976 Original Broadway Cast


- Peter Pan Live with Cathy Rigby


- The Pirate Queen (Broadway, April 13, 2007)


- Pipe Dream (Encores!)


- Peter Pan Tour June 2012


- Pippin:

* 2014 Broadway Revival with Kyle Dean Massey & Ciara Renee, MISSING PART 3 OF ACT 1

* Rachel Bay Jones, Andrea Martin & Terrence Mann

* Live in Toronto, 1982 (I have two versions; one that’s full & uncut and another that’s also full & uncut but with no skipping))


- Pokemon Live!


- Promises, Promises (2010 Broadway Revival with Kristin Chenoweth & Sean Hayes)


R:

- Rent:

* Milwaukee (7/27/2010)

* 20th Anniversary UK Tour (AUDIO AND VIDEO AUDIO)

* 5th Anniversary Reunion Concert

* OPENING NIGHT with OBC

* FINAL PERFORMANCE, 2008

* 10th Anniversary Concert

* No Day But Today - The Story of Rent


- Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella:

* Keke Palmer

* Laura Osnes

* Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher

* 1965 Film


- Rock of Ages:

* July 2016 Egyptian Theatre in Park City

* Reunion Concert @ Highline Ballroom 1-25-16


S:

- The Secret Garden (OBC & US Tour)


- The Spongebob Musical (Chicago)


- Sunday in the Park (Bernadette Peters & Mandy Patinkin)


- Sunset Boulevard:

* Betty Buckley

* Germany, 1997

* 2017 Broadway Revival


- Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark 2.0 (OBC)


- Sister Act on Broadway


- Sweet Charity 1986 Broadway Revival (Replacement Cast)


- School of Rock on Broadway:

*12/30/2015

* November 2015

- She Loves Me:

* Reagle Music Theatre

* 1978 TV Movie

* 2016 Broadway Revival

NOTE: Yes, I DID have a BroadwayHD Live Stream version of the 2016 Broadway Revival. It somehow turned into an audio and I cannot find a way to turn it back to a video (If you want the audio, just ask). I am currently SEEKING A REPLACEMENT LINK! So, STAY TUNED! :D


- Side Show:

*OBC

* La Jolla Playhouse (November 2013)


- Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All that Followed on Broadway (2016)


- Something Rotten! on Broadway:

* Preview

* March 2015

* 6/20/2016 (Rob McClure as Nick)

* Replacement Cast

- Something Really Rotten! @ Feinstein’s 54 Below (4-25-2016)


- South Pacific starring Mary Martin - Original 1952 London Production


- Spring Awakening:

* OBC

* Broadway with Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff (AUGUST 18, 2007, 2PM MATINEE)

* Matt Doyle as Otto

* Off-Broadway with Portuguese Subtitles

* OBC, May 18, 2008

* HIGHLIGHTS (Last Broadway Performance of Jonathan Groff & Lea Michele) 

* First National Tour with Original Tour Cast (Christy Altomare, Kimiko Glenn, Anthony Lee Medina & Andy Mientus)

* Deaf West (Broadway & 2 different LA bootlegs)


- Sweeney Todd:

* JJ Pearce Theater

* Broadway with Len Cariou & Angela Lansbury

* Live from Lincoln Center 2014 (Bryn Terfel, Audra McDonald, Erin Mackey & Emma Thompson)

* University of California, San Diego’s Muir 2013 Production

* Live in Concert 2001 with the New York Philharmonic & 2005 Revival Broadway)


T:

- Tick, Tick… BOOM! (Info N/A and Original Off-Broadway Cast)


- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Coming Out of Their Shells Tour (1990 Broadway)


- Thoroughly Modern Millie OBC


- Tarzan on Broadway (July 30, 2006)


- Tarzan Rocks (Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World)


- Taboo (Broadway, Closing Night)


- The Trail to Oregon!


- Tony Award Ceremonies (1960-2014 ONLY, 1962-1966 MISSING)


- Tony Awards 2017 Red Carpet LIVE with Madam Secretary’s Erich Bergen


- Tuck Everlasting:

* Broadway

* Atlanta


- Thoroughly Modern Millie (Info N/A but I think it’s the original Broadway production)


-  [title of show] OOBC


- Twisted (The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier)


U:

- Urinetown OBC 8-29-01


V:

- Violet (Sutton Foster)


- Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike on Broadway


W:

-Wonderland on Broadway (April 2, 2011)


- War Paint OBC


- Waitress:

* A.R.T.

* Broadway (7/20/2016, 6/14/2016 & 3/30/2016)

* What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress (Sara Bareilles concert)

* May 10, 2017 (AUDIO)

* Sara Bareilles as Jenna

* Betsy Wolfe as Jenna


- The Will Rogers Follies on Broadway


- Wicked:

* Broadway Preview (10/11/2003 with ORIGINAL CAST)

* Stephanie J. Block and Annaleigh Ashford

* Willemijn Verkaik and Katie Rose Clark

* London (4-12-2014) [Matinee[]

* Nicole Parker, Alli Mauzey, Aaron Tveit & Alex Brightman


- Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Original Broadway Cast)


- The Witches of Eastwick, Original Australian Cast 2003 (Cuts off at 2.07.51, audio restarts 2.07.56)


X:

- Xanadu (OBC)


Welp, you’ve reached the end! I will of course add more things to this list once I receive more things. And once again, I am not accepting requests currently, but if you’d like any of these bootlegs when I start accepting requests again, either message me here on Tumblr OR email me at coolbootlegguy@yahoo.com. :D

This Day in 1D History - September 8

2010: 

  • …and that, children, is how the Narry Mullingar weekend was born

2011: 

  • Tatler shoot released!! 

2012: 

  • Harry helps Nick wake up for the Breakfast Show!
  • the boys head home for a bit of R&R :))

2013: 

  • Louis plays in Stan Petrov’s charity match (and gets hurt :(() at Celtic Park in Glasgow
  • Harry pops by the Crawford/Gerbers for pizza, nbd.

2014: 

  • “Are you guys into juicing, detoxing, super healthy living…?” (@ Glamour lmao)
  • the boys announce their FOURth album title (haha) and release their album shoot AND ‘Fireproof’ as a bonus track!!

2015: 

  • On the Road Again Tour concert—Ottawa, Canada
  • Louis, Niall, and Lottie celebrate the end of OTRA! (well, the almost-end at least :))

2016: 

  • Niall checks in while getting checked out
SEPTEMBER 12: Pride is released (2014)

On this day in 2014, the movie Pride was first released in the United Kingdom. With solidarity as its thesis, the film tells the real-life story of how the members of the 1984 Miners’ strike found unlikely allies in a group of LGBT activists from London.

The movie opens on a scene of the 1983 London Pride Parade. A 20-year-old kid named Joe wanders scared but curious through the crowd, and before long we are introduced to our scrappy group of underdogs. Mostly based on real life counterparts, Mike, Jeff, Steph, Gethin, and Jonathan are led by Mark Ashton with the iconic book store Gay’s the Word serving as their headquarters. After Mark sees news coverage of the Miners’ strike, he has the idea that he and his friends should start collecting money to send to the protesting miners. The small mining towns at the center of the strike are the very conservative hot beds that our lesbian and gay main characters have worked their whole life to leave and forget, and so Mark is initially met with push back, but before long, Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) is up and running.

Originally posted by just-chilling73

Although Pride is not a huge blockbuster or the next film in the long anthology of comic book films, it is still worth avoiding spoilers over; watching the two worlds of gay London and small town Wales collide and eventually become both political allies and friends is a wholesome experience like no other. The sorrows and successes that follow these real life figures – all with anthems such as Solidarity Forever by Pete Seeger and There is Power in a Union by Billy Bragg playing in the background – will most likely have any LGBT person sobbing by the time the credits are rolling. Go watch Pride, then go follow the LGSM twitter account to learn more about the true story of the film. You can also now buy the recently released Pride: The Book by Tim Tate!

-LC

This Day in 1D History - September 19

2010: 

2011: 

  • the boys jam out for the I Gotta Feeling Marryoke at Paul’s wedding (published) <33

2013: 

  • Louis can’t resist pulling faces for a tiny Rovers fans while meeting sponsors (published)

2014: 

  • Where We Are Tour concert – El Paso, USA 

2015: 

  • Niall goes out in London with LIC!

2016:

  • 1D get sued (AND THE MEMES BEGIN) 
  • Louis tweets 
  • Niall and Eoghan jump onto the Late Late couch during a commercial break! 
The Mystery of DD

Since a lot of newer fans weren’t around to experience the mystery of the DD era as it was unfolding, I wanted to try to describe it so people can understand what it was like to be an MCR fan in 2010.

A Bizarre Mystery

It all began on September 4th, 2010, when MCR’s website suddenly disappeared and was replaced with a mysterious transmitter. No one had any idea this was coming, and no explanation was offered. You could click the dials to see different screens (test patterns, a nuclear fallout symbol, etc.), and hear distorted sounds. At one point, fans believed that they could hear an unreleased MCR song on one of the stations, buried under static and distortion. Later on, the transmitter started playing mysterious videos that hinted at a post-apocalyptic universe.

Not long after the transmitter appeared, the DrDeathDefying Twitter account was discovered after he tweeted a fan. NewsAGoGo and AgentCherriCola were discovered soon after, with the rest of the accounts coming later. The accounts posted a bizarre mixture of strange pictures, futuristic slang, references to apocalyptic events, fan interactions, and eerie ramblings. You could determine a loose background and storyline from the Twitter accounts, but they were so vague that no one was quite sure what was going on. All we knew was that the characters seemed to be part of a nightmarish, post-apocalyptic universe that took place in the near future. But we had no idea how this related to MCR, or why they’d gone in this direction for their next album.

The Return of MCR.com

The website did return on September 8th, with a new photo and blog post from Frank. But the blog post offered no explanation, and the speculation was far from over. The transmitter was still accessible on a separate page on MCR’s website. As the Twitter accounts continued to post their bizarre ramblings, people made connections to everything from movies to past MCR eras to the supposed “2012 Mayan Apocalypse.” At that point, their next album could have been about anything.

Looking back at Danger Days now, it’s pretty clear what was going on. But at the time, we had no idea where this era was heading. Keep in mind that our only sources of information were the Twitter accounts and the transmitter–no comics, no music videos, no interviews. The era could have been about anything. For this reason, fans scrutinized every scrap of information–pictures, tweets, transmissions–down to the smallest detail.

A World of Theories

The blog girlautomatic is a great place to read the old theories. Here’s an example from one of her posts:

Here’s my new theory:

  • Dr. Death Defying is part of a group called the Philly Jackals, likely a gang that either travels around on motorcycles or cars or both. Whether the group actually comes out of Philadelphia, assuming Philadelphia (or even the other states) still even exists as we know them to exist, is debatable.
  • The name Dr. Death Defying is an alias s/he either adopted or was given upon joining up with the Philly Jackals.
  • Slaughtermatic Sounds is both their logo and their motto.
  • The car in the picture Frank posted and the raygun Dr. Death Defying tweeted a picture of belong to him/her.

Which could possibly mean that the Lady referred to in this tweet is said car. It also probably means that last night’s tweet about being low on batteries is also about his car, but that might be a bit of a stretch. Also? I’m not sure I’d want to get on the Doctor’s bad side, if this is all correct. Motor gangs are serious business. It at least casts this tweet in a different light, though, and really makes me wonder if this tweet about nitro is referring to the dangers of drag racing, and if this tweet is about traveling on the open road.

This might look strange to fans today, but at the time, no scrap of information was insignificant. Whole blog posts were written about one or two tweets. People studied the blank transmitter screen, trying to see vague shadows or reflections in the image. They traced pictures posted on Twitter to their original sources, then studied the sources. To fans, it was basically a giant puzzle–but we had no idea where it was heading, or if there were even a solution to find.

People also tried to figure out who ran these Twitter accounts. We know now that Shaun Simon ran most of them, with Gerard Way and Jon Rivera handling DrDeathDefying. But at the time, several fans (including me) just kind of assumed that the members of MCR ran the accounts. A popular theory was that Gerard ran DrDeathDefying and Frank ran NewsAGoGo (a few tweets shared Frank’s typing style.) However, some people did suspect that Shaun Simon was involved, as the characters tended to tweet about things that he mentioned on his personal Twitter.

The End of an Era

Eventually the “Art Is The Weapon“ video was released, and the interviews and music videos that followed cleared up a lot of the mystery. But the characters continued to tweet, some of them posting well into 2013. We’re now familiar with the Danger Days universe, but the hint of mystery and intrigue still lingers. Many questions were never answered, while some concepts and ideas were scrapped altogether. Even if we get more content in the future, parts of DD will always remain a mystery to us–and I think that’s one reason that it continues to capture people’s imaginations.

An interesting note–thinking back on the transmitter and the Twitter accounts, it felt like we’d analyzed these pieces of information for months. But while I was researching this blog post, I realized that MCR’s website returned after only four days, and "Art Is The Weapon” was released only a few weeks later. I guess the analysis and scrutiny was so in-depth that it seemed to last much longer!

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“The moon told the clouds in the autumn sky. The clouds told the wind as he wandered by. The wind told the leaves as he walked unseen: It’s witch night; ghost night. It’s Halloween!” — Unknown 

Glow-in-the-dark thread, from DMC, was used for the skeleton, ghost and house.

Spooky Pins: Designer: Julia Lucas / Cross Stitch & Needlework, September 2010