NETTLETON – Brandi Dabbs’ devotion to a rock ‘n’ roll band has paid off.
Dabbs, a Nettleton resident, is a diehard fan of the New Jersey rock band My Chemical Romance, and about three years ago she created a website, MyChemicalFreak.com, about the band.
MCR released its fourth album, “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys,” on Monday, but Dabbs heard it about a month early, thanks to her site.
Warner Brothers Records, the band’s label, had a contest to invite Los Angeles-area MCR fans to hear “Danger Days” early, but the label also hand-picked a few fans, and Dabbs was one of them. The label keeps an eye on all fan sites, she said, and they apparently had been watching hers for a while.
At the listening party, which took place at Warner Brothers Records in Burbank, Calif., in early November, Dabbs, music writers and fans gathered in a room with large speakers in the wall to hear the album from start to finish.
“I’m such a fan of all of (its albums), but this one gives the others a run for their money,” Dabbs said. ”
Dabbs was sent home with some MCR swag, including T-shirts, bracelets and other goodies, most of which she plans to give away on MyChemicalFreak.com.
“I got to go out there and (my readers) didn’t. I felt really guilty because I got to go,” she said. “The least I can do isgive them all this.”
Dabbs was dealing with the loss of her first child when she heard MCR for the first time.
“The song lyrics I heard, they were what I was feeling, and it helped me deal with it,” she said. “I knew I could make it, if they did, and it’s going to be okay.”
She created My Chemical Freak to keep up with the band’s albums and tours. She runs the site with a few other friends and averages about 2,000 visitors a day.
Dabbs works on the site in between caring for her two sons, ages 7 and 4.
When they’re at school, she’s working on the site; when they’re home, she’s with them. At bedtime, she’s back on the Internet.
But, she admits, since L.A., “I don’t think we’ve had a cooked meal in three weeks.”
Dabbs is surprised at her site’s popularity but says she owes it all to My Chemical Romance.
“They let their fans know what they’ve gone through and that they can relate,” she said, “and that drives my passion.”
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