My Chemical Romance and Green Day have led the tributes to producer Doug McKean, who passed away aged 54.
McKean, who worked on several My Chemical Romance albums during the nougties, died of a brain hamorrhage, according to an obituary shared by the band. See here.
Before My Chemical Romance, he worked with Green Day on their ‘Americal Idiot’ album, receiving two Grammy Awards in the process.
McKean had moved to Los Angeles to work with producer Rob Cavalho in 2001.
“made us laugh, made us better”
The late producer played a key role in My Chemical Romance’s albums ‘The Black Parade’ (2006), and ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ (2010).
He also worked on the band’s comeback single ‘The Foundations Of Decay’, released this year.
Paying tribute, My Chemical Romance also wrote this.
“My Chemical Romance lost Doug McKean, a dear friend, a collaborator, a partner, a brother, a problem-solver, a genius, an integral part of our music”, they said. “Doug was someone who made us laugh, made us better, understood, and always came to the rescue. He is deeply missed. He always will be”.
Doug McKean also produced co founder Gerard Way’s solo album ‘Hesitant Alien’. The pair also worked on a number of solo singles.
“R.I.P Doug McKean. Your work as an engineer and producer on my favourite albums was amazing and had a massive impact on my life. You will be missed”, one fan wrote.
Another added, “Doug engineered and produced the albums that changed my life and helped make the vision of some of the most celebrated artists of the last 20 years become reality. His impact won’t be forgotten”.
Doug McKean is also survived by his wife Michelle Rose McKean and two children Gavin Francis McKean and Colette Marie McKean.
Back in May, My Chemical Romance performed at their first UK gig in 11 years. They treated fans to their new track, ‘The Foundations Of Decay’.
May also saw the band pay a surprise visit to a major guitar store in Dublin. More on that from Nova here.