By Stacie Peart
For Salt Lake Community College
Salt Air burst at the seams when My Chemical Romance fans filled the local lakeside venue. With a piercing sun mixed with a chilly wind, concertgoers formed an excruciatingly long line to enter venue as doors opened around 7:30 p.m. Once inside, MCR fans waited nearly two hours for Gerard Way (lead singer), Mikey Way (bass guitar), Frank Iero (guitar), Ray Toro (guitar), and Bob Bryar (drums) to finally take the stage.When the two – not really worth mentioning – opening bands, Drive By and Billy Talent, finally completed their sets, MCR fans began to move closer to the stage in anticipation. The band powerfully began their set playing old favorites from their first album – relatively unknown to many mainstream fans. MCR mixed in songs from their album, “The Black Parade” starting with “Welcome to the Black Parade.” Fans screamed the song’s lyrics back to MCR and were ready to “to join the black parade” as Gerard Way passionately sang the track.
Other hits were performed from the band’s latest album including “Teenagers” where the general admission crowd thrust their fists in the air with every thump of the drum beat mimicking MCR’s well-known music video for the song. “Mama” was also well received as fans chanted along to the unique tune as the song’s distinctive sound grabbed immediate attention. MCR did slow it down for a moment to play the ballad “I Don’t Love You.” They also performed “Helena,” the song known as Gerard and Mikey Way’s tribute to their late grandmother.
The band didn’t forget the diehard fans as they bounced from “The Black Parade” hits into earlier albums like 2002′s “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love” and 2004′s “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge.” The crowd went crazy as Gerard Way introduced the group’s mainstream breakthrough song, “I’m Not Okay (I Promise).” During MCR’s performance of this classic track, the crowd nearly drowned out the dramatic lead singer as they excitedly yelled the lyrics.
Almost two hours after they began, MCR left the stage and slowly satisfied fans trickled back to their haphazardly parked vehicles. The energetic performance by MCR and the crowd’s contagious enthusiasm created the ideal atmosphere for a truly remarkable concert experience.
Ok so I am volunteering this weekend to help the local Food Pantry out. So there won’t be any major posts until at least Sunday morningish. In the meantime, here is something nice for your eyes!
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The Special Edition of The Black Parade on Vinyl is back in the MCR online store for all you vinyl freaks. The special edition comes in a slip-case box with two 15-page books and 2 triple gatefold sleeves with the vinyl housed in a center sleeve. Only 2,500 copies were made of this edition and ONLY 200 are left. Get your copy today here: MCR Store!
By Adam Graham
My Chemical Romance makes music for and about teenagers. They sing about life and death with an urgency and fatalism only teens can truly understand. Heck, one of their biggest singles is called “Teenagers.”None of that bothers me, however. Although my teenage years are ancient history, I love My Chemical Romance.
OK, admitting a My Chemical Romance crush isn’t as embarrassing as saying I’m a 29-year-old Jonas Brothers fan. (I’m not, by the way.)
My Chem’s 2006 album “The Black Parade” — a relentlessly thrilling rock opera about, you guessed it, life and death — was one of that year’s most acclaimed releases, and in its wake, plenty of rock critics stepped up to the plate and branded My Chem the real deal.
But there’s still something about the band — playing Saturday and Sunday at the Fillmore Detroit — that makes me feel like I have to apologize for liking them. Maybe it’s their over-the-top theatrics, the layers of make-up they wear onstage or the sheer pompousness of frontman Gerard Way’s wild-eyed delivery. Whatever it is, there’s something that says responsible married men such as myself should not have a childish obsession with this band.
I’m done apologizing, however, and I’m not ashamed. My Chemical Romance rocks my world.
It wasn’t always this way. When MCR first emerged, I wrote them off as another in the long line of disposable screamo bands that were emerging at the time. Taking Back Sunday, the Used, My Chemical Romance — whatever; life’s too short to study the intricacies of dozens of faceless, interchangeable bands.
Then I saw the video for “I’m Not Okay (I Promise).”
Cut to look like the trailer for a coming-of-age teen comedy, it was sharp, cutting and clever — and the song wasn’t bad either. A slice of ramped up, slap-you-in-the-face pop-punk, it was served with copious attitude from Way, who frothed, “but you really need to listen to me, because I’m telling you the truth, I mean this, I’m okay!” The next line? “I’m not okay.”
“I’m Not Okay” was followed by “Helena,” the “TRL” staple which cemented them as anti-teen idol teen idols. Set at a funeral and featuring a full chorus of dancers, it nailed everything My Chem was about: Black-clad and death-obsessed but hopeful and celebratory about life.
Both tracks came from the group’s second album, “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge,” which was a cut above the works of their peers but still fully emerged in the muddy waters of emo. But on “The Black Parade,” the band blew away their contemporaries by becoming bigger than life, and incorporating pieces of Kiss, Queen and the Green Day into their repertoire.
The album’s first single “Welcome to the Black Parade” is a rock opera unto itself — it’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” for the MySpace generation. It’s so epic in scope it transcends mere age demographics, and it one day deserves a spot on classic rock radio.
I’ve listened to “The Black Parade” more than any other album in the last year — when my iPod went kaput in December, I repurchased the album so I wouldn’t be without it — and it stands as one of my favorite albums of the decade.
I’ve never worn eyeliner; I’m not from New Jersey; and aside from my fanfare of horror movies, I don’t think about death more than anyone else. But I know good music when I hear it, and My Chemical Romance gives me a reaction like none other.
My Chemical Romance are among the acts attempting to make a big difference this Earth Day – by donating items for a huge music memorabilia auction.
As well as selling off merchandise and personal items, Linkin Park and Panic At The Disco will be offering VIP concert tickets and the chance to meet the bands.
The acts were all asked to donate items that would be dumped or placed in storage to aid Music For Relief and Unite The United in their ongoing environmental and disaster relief efforts.
Earth Day falls on 22 April this year. The auction will take place on eBay.com.
YAY FOR DOING GOOD DEEDS!
Plant a tree for earth day! They are cheap! Help the world! Do good things!
So after staying up until 4 in the morning like the retards we are, Mikey and I got about 3 hours of sleep before getting up at 7 to get ready to head to Denver. We made it to the line at about 10 and there were already about 25 people in front of us. We were directly after this really cool mother/daughter pair who had come from Cheyenne, Wyoming, and in front of this lady who we at first thought was going to suck a lot but eventually turned out to be awesome. She was a 45 year old Def Leppard fan with a fondness for leopard print who really, really liked Gerard. She made us laugh for days and made the day go so much faster. She also stole our notebook containing RP plottage and read it, then added some smutty stuff of her own involving Gerard as a creamcicle (or cream cycle as she wrote it).
We had found a little alcove against a brick wall, and while we were sitting there a car pulled up and someone started to get out right next to us. Mikey was like, “Is that Alicia?” and I was like “OMG YES!” After she wrangled her luggage out of the car, Mikey said hi to her and she turned around and gave us a big smile and said hi. She then proceeded to schlep her own luggage down the sidewalk past all of the fangirls and back to the buses, which I thought was pretty brave tbh. Either nobody else recognized her or they just ignored her, though, because we didn’t see anyone else talk to her. But OMG SHE LOOKED SO PRETTY. Her new tattoo is gorgeous and she was so nice.
It was ridiculously sunny and hot, so we all got fried to a crisp. Mikey got her period and period shits, and we all had gastrointestinal distress. Mikey’s was much worse, however, and she actually had to wipe her ass with a napkin in the parking lot. It was epic. The line grew ridiculously fast, and by the time we made our last trip to the car at 4 or 4:30, it was several city blocks long. Then there was some drama with a bunch of jerkoffs rushing the line and line-cutting way up at the front, and everyone who’d been there all day got jostled out of line. We still managed to get barricade, but we didn’t see if everyone who was in front of us in line managed to pull it off too or not.
So YAY we got barricade stage Frank, and almost immediately the heat and time spent in the sun started affecting the audience. People were being pulled out before Drive By even came out, and from then on it was a steady stream of people coming out. I started to worry a lot at first because between the altitude, the heat, and the time we’d spent in the sun, I was really to get dehydrated and wasn’t sweating. I was afraid if I didn’t start sweating I was going to get sick, but luckily security was amazing and did an awesome job getting water to us. I still had to save my breath a lot, especially during Billy Talent, but by that point I think it was less dehydration and more just the altitude.
Drive By were excellent, which was a pleasant surprise. Most of the reviews I’ve read were pretty negative towards them, so I was really happy to discover that I actually liked them a lot. We’d seen them earlier in the day at Wendy’s and when they came out we were like HEY WE SAW THEM! After the show, even though we were desperate to just get water and get out, not even stopping for merch, we made a point to stop by their table and tell them how much we liked them. They really seemed to appreciate it, and were super friendly.
By the time Billy Talent came out I was really uncomfortable and feeling a little sick-ish, so even though they were pretty good live I kind of rode through it on autopilot. They’re not a band I’m super fond of because I think their songs all kind of sound the same and his voice tends to grate on me after a while, but they did put on a good show and they played the couple of songs I do like. I felt like their set was too long, though, but maybe that’s because we were all dying at that point.
SO THEN OMFG MCR. They came out to Sleep and were just so amazing omfg. Frank has shaved and looked adorable, even though he wasn’t particularly active last night. I am assuming due to the altitude, because Mikey noticed that he didn’t even do a lot of the backing vocals. He rolled around on the floor a little at the beginning of the show, but after that he mellowed some. Ray also didn’t seem to be as active as usual, although Mikey Fuckin Way was the most active I’ve ever seen him. Which is to say that he smiled a few times, thrust his hips, and shook his hair around a lot. Bob looked like he had possibly tamed his viking woman hair with a slight trim, but it’s still epically long and hawt tbh. Gerard was having a little trouble because of the altitude and had to stop a couple of times to suck down some oxygen, but they all sounded and looked amazing. Aside from the douchebaggery re: the line, the crowd was actually really good and really into it, and he commented on it a lot and it was just seriously not only the best MCR show I’ve ever seen, but the best show I’ve seen ever. PERIOD.
We kept ourselves awake on the way home remembering the set list (although we are pretty sketchy on order) and all of the funny/interesting things that happened. I’m just going to post them in bullet point.
- During Give ‘Em Hell, Kid, Mikey and I were rocking out so hard that Gerard totally looked over at us and we made eye contact. He was probably concerned tbh.
- Gerard asked everybody if we’d watched the season finale of Rock of Love, and then asked if we’d stay in the house and continue to rock his fuckin’ world, at which Frank totally lolled and was playing the Twilight Zone theme.
- Introducing Hang ‘Em High, Gerard asked if we were ready to rock this cowboy style, then let out a few cringe-inducing Yeeeeeeehaw!s. *facepalm*
- Between songs, Gerard gave Mikey a little back rub and then slapped his shoulder before walking away. I died, tbh.
- Gerard mentioned that he’d gotten married in Denver, and talked about Lyn and dedicated My Way Home is Through You to her. N’awwwwwww!
- At some point (I forget which song) Gerard had some pretty epically gay tambourine-playing going on.
- He introduced I’m Not Okay as the number one summer jam. Dorkface.
- At one point, Gerard gave his epic “take care of each other” speech, and then at another point made us turn and hug our neighbor.
- Someone had thrown a bag of handmade scarves on the stage, and (possibly) someone else had tossed up a silk scarf, and Gerard thanked the crowd. He did a gay little scarf dance with the silk scarf and then said he’d definitely be using that. We were like WE BET YOU WILL.
- He had us sing happy birthday to their booking agent, whose birthday was the day before.
- Someone had thrown something that (we’re still contesting this point) was either a princess tiara or a sparkly thong, and Gerard tossed it over at the drum set and said he would definitely not be wearing that. MUAHAHA.
- Gerard said we were going to rock Teenagers Lynyrd Skynyrd style, to which amused Frank shook his head and laughed. A tech came out and played harmonica on it.
- Gerard said Mikeyway had bought a Ouija board and consulted it to decide what songs they should play, and said that explained the unusual set list (OM NOM NOM B-SIDES!)
- Before Prison, Gerard had us all “testify” and then was going on about “here comes the judge” and I was just like, *facepalm*.
- Gerard reached for a set of Bob’s sticks and was like, “Are these for me? Can I give these to the kids?”
- Gerard totally jerked his mic off into his mouth. NNNGH.
- During the encore break, James played and sang November Rain, then finished it by announcing that he thought he’d just gotten hit in the balls. <3
AND NOW. The set list, to the best of our memory. As I said we can’t really remember the order, but I at least tried to put the songs into some semblance of order. The middle is definitely sketchy, but I’m pretty sure the first several songs are right as well as the encore.
Give ‘Em Hell, Kid
My Way Home is Through You
Welcome to the Black Parade
This is How I Disappear
Hang ‘Em High
I Don’t Love You
Kill All Your Friends
Headfirst For Halos
I’m Not Okay
You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us in Prison
The Sharpest Lives
The Jetset Life is Gonna Kill You
Famous Last Words
House of Wolves
I Never Told You What I Do for a Living
So today we pretty much feel like we’ve been beaten with sticks and can’t breathe/walk/talk/move properly, but I would do it again in a second. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH OMFG. *flail*
MYSPACE DARK HORSE PRESENTS VOLUME 1
By Joss Whedon, Gerard Way, Mike Mignola, Steve Niles, Gilbert Hernandez, Ron Marz, John Arcudi, Bob Fingerman, Fillbach Bros, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, Guy Davis and Herb Trimpe.
The first six issues of MySpace Dark Horse Presents includes Joss Whedon’s complete rock’n'roll saga Sugarshock!, a fun-filled story about a quirky girl named Dandelion, and her love of music (and hatred of Vikings); Mike Mignola’s haunting holiday tale, lushly illustrated by Guy Davis, “The Christmas Spirit”; a lost Umbrella Academy chapter written by Gerard Way about our favorite curmudgeon, The Kraken; and a four-part story dedicated to Eric Powell’s The Goon. This volume also includes a wide range of established comics talent, and stories from newcomers who saw their professional debut in MySpace Dark Horse Presents.
176 pages, $19.95, in stores on Sept. 17!
By Alexis Gentry
It’s hard for me to write a review of a My Chemical Romance show without filling it with hyperbole and grand statements about how they are the greatest band ever. This is simply because they are, hands down, my favorite band of all time.
After seeing them last March at Magness Arena during their giant tour supporting The Black Parade, I was beyond excited to get another chance to bathe in the awesomeness of MCR.
Monday’s show was at the Fillmore and the smaller venue lead to a more intimate setting. It was like a time machine trip back to the days before The Black Parade made them multi-platinum superstars with high-production arena shows to match. This was much more the MCR of Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, their stellar second album, released in 2004.
Opening act, and fellow New Jersey band, Drive By got the crowd pumped before openers Billy Talent took the stage, getting the mosh pits going. All this was building to the inevitable crescendo when MCR’s Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Mikey Way, Frank Iero and Bob Bryar took the stage. They were joined by semi-member James Dewees, formerly of Reggie and the Full Effect.
Total madness spread through out the crowd in the front near the barriers as some started crying with joy while others screamed every lyric. There was a palpable electricity in the air as the energy level of both the band and the crowd grew with every song.
Best of all, they played not just their recent hits, but a selection of songs that went completely across the board. Fans got to hear classics like “Headfirst for Halos” from their first album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, released off New Jersey independent label Eyeball Records. We were also treated to some unreleased songs and b-sides like “Kill All Your Friends” or “Desert Song”, which made the experience exponentially more touching and memorable. Lead singer Gerard even acknowledged the diverse set list, claiming his brother Mikey bought a ouija board and used it to determine which songs to play.
Gerard’s commentary was certainly among the highlights of the evening. He even asked the crowd if they watched the season finale of VH1′s Bret Michaels dating show Rock of Love, saying that it blew his mind to hear Michaels make his final choice and ask, “Will you stay in the house and continue to rock my world?”
It was Gerard’s statement that the band will “go away for a couple years” after this tour that made it all so bittersweet. MCR has been on the road for what seems like an eternity, but they will soon take a break and work on their fourth album. Given the pattern of evolution with this band, their next record is sure to be a masterpiece, however not seeing them in concert for a few years will be tough for hardcore fans.
As I said in my review of their previous Denver performance, these shows are more than just concerts to the fans. This is more than just a band; these guys are like superheroes. Surely their inspirational presence will be sorely missed in the Mile High City until their inevitably triumphant return with the next tour.
On a personal note, I would like to say a huge than you to MCR’s head security guy, who got the band to sign a printed YourHub with my review from last year.
The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite has been nominated for a 2008 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. It is nominated in the Best Limited Series Category. This is a huge acknowledgement for the series in the comics world.
Winners will be announced on Friday evening, July 25th at the awards ceremony held during Comic-Con International.
We will bring you all the info right here on My Chemical Freak!