06 April 2011 @ 02:06 pm
My Chemical Romance Go Back to Basics in Oakland  
Walking onstage without fanfare, marching band uniforms, or fancy staging, the My Chemical Romance that kicked off the North American leg of its World Contamination Tour is far more straightforward than the prog-glam behemoth that brought us The Black Parade. Now a four-piece joined on this tour by drummer Michael Pedicone and keyboardist James Dewees, the Jersey-bred ensemble (currently residing, mostly, in Los Angeles) has morphed back into a polished punk-pop band, one that's scaled down its theatrics considerably.

That didn't stop singer Gerard Way from painting his neck bright red, or his blonde bassist brother Mikey Way resembling Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes at the peak of his androgynous powers. Mikey wore a sleeveless T-shirt declaring "Art Is the Weapon," while Gerard's only change in costume was to remove the jacket of his white suit toward the end of his set, and then return for the night's encore with it reinstated. The others looked almost disturbingly ordinary.

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06 April 2011 @ 01:44 pm
Review: My Chemical Romance disappoints at Fox  
My Chemical Romance seemed poised to become the next Green Day in 2006 after the release of its third studio album, "The Black Parade."

That it has ended up being just another Good Charlotte is a major disappointment.

On Thursday, the New Jersey group, led by vocalist Gerard Way, did next to nothing to differentiate itself from the pack of bland emo-pop-punk acts out there during a sold-out show at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

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24 February 2011 @ 09:49 pm
My Chemical Romance - Interview  
Whilst thousands of eager teenage fans coil round the interior of Glasgow SECC we are brought past the manic group that started the queue almost 48 hours previously, and into the empty Hall 4. Once we;ve passed through four different security points and up numerous hallways, we were seated in a small but homely room, sparsely lit and scented with several candles. After a momentary wait Gerard Way and his younger brother Mikey enter the room, emanating a calm cool despite outer appearances of nervousness. And after brief introductions our interview gets underway.

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21 February 2011 @ 04:25 pm
US rockers My Chemical Romance are certainly no killjoys  
ANTICIPATION for My Chemical Romance was huge – but could they live up to the hype?

Absolutely and the reason is they come to gigs armed with killer riffs, even more killer choruses and an all-round package that’ll leave a lasting impression long after the last note has faded away.

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21 February 2011 @ 11:17 am
My Chemical Romance - SECC, Glasgow - 15th February 2011 (Live Review)  
The SECC was alight with colour on the afternoon of February 15th as Killjoys roamed the halls in leathers, running around with toy guns and embodying the concept of being in California 2019. They are here for one band: My Chemical Romance.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since the band last played this venue, drawing heavily on a darker, deeper concept. The halls were lined with fans in military styled uniforms and – let’s be honest – an abundance of black. In something as simple as the colours of the line, you can see how far the band have come in the last few years and how closely their legions of fans have followed along the way.

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19 February 2011 @ 04:19 pm
Review: My Chemical Romance at The O2  
2007, Seoul, South Korea: Live western rock is a niche genre in this part of East Asia, but that gives it a certain free-reign: a lack of expectation that means it’s often performed in its purist form. Crowds exhibit curiosity rather than expectation and without media pressure or excessive fandom, performances are often as uninfluenced by external factors as we can ever hope to see. My Chemical Romance clearly see this as an opportunity: their Olympic Auditorium performance is wrought and rough around the edges, pumped full of a level of adrenaline that has the stage show almost ludicrously frantic. The hits – and they were lesser hits back then – are conspicuous by their absence, and the band are determined to enjoy themselves in an unrestricted, unpredictable manner. The result is stark, raw and at times almost violently intense; the quality of the show becomes a national talking point.

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17 February 2011 @ 05:59 pm
My Chemical Romance – O2 Dublin  
My Chemical Romance brought their ‘World Contamination’ tour to Dublin’s O2 last night.

Opening the show was LostAlone, who were nominated for a Kerrang! Award for Best British Newcomer following the release of their debut album Say No To The World. The band gave a great performance. It is easy to see why Gerard Way, Hayley Williams, and Bruce Dickinson have declared support for the band by mentioning them frequently in interviews around the world. Expect to hear alot more about this band in the future.

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16 February 2011 @ 11:25 am
My Chemical Romance SING it for Glasgow's Teenagers  
Review: With their black hearts on their sleeves, New Jersey's My Chemical Romance return to the live scene, bringing their angst-ridden rebellion to Glasgow's SECC.

Regardless of the band's migration from the "We're not emo" (but oh boy! they were) image onto a more traditional punk edge, tonight's audience was definitely still proudly part of The Black Parade. The SECC is like a scene from a Tim Burton movie with the odd appearance of The Crow.

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15 February 2011 @ 05:51 pm
Photos from Birmingham Show 2/13/11 at LG Arena  
The West Midlands succombed to the Power-punk American rock of My Chemical Romance as the LG Arena enjoyed a greatest hits set that impressed an 8,000-strong crowd.

Opening with the classic curtain drop intro to unveil vocalist Gerard Way and his band mates Frank Lero, Ray Truro and Mikey Way, MCR roared into Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) and Give ‘Em Hell Kid to rock the make-up-wearing revellers and raise the scream levels to fever pitch.

Thrashing through Hang ‘Em High and Our Lady Of Sorrow, the fast pace continued through a power-riffed Famous Last Words before being slowed down with harmonies of The Ghost Of Me.

While not offering a particularly visually-appealing show, the consistent swagger of Gerard Way bouncing around the stage kept the predominantly young crowd happy, particularly with the tempting chordular treat of there biggest chart hit, Welcome To The Black Parade.

Ending the night with Cancer and the epic Vampires Will Never Hurt You, MCR left the stage to audacious screams from their army of followers.

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14 February 2011 @ 01:09 pm
My Chemical Romance are The Fabulous Killjoys  
Emo whingebags no longer, My Chemical Romance have punched their way beyond a short-lived rock subgenre by reinventing themselves at every turn, this time as comic book superheroes The Fabulous Killjoys.

There was little of the theatre of their recent videos here, however. With singer Gerard Way endlessly running his fingers through his newly red hair, that was it for spectacle as the band played it simple - fast and very loud.

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19 December 2010 @ 09:12 pm
My Chemical Romance celebrates Christmas with 89X  
My Chemical Romance headlined Friday's 13th annual "The Night 89X Stole Christmas" concert, ripping through a 70-minute set that balanced material from the band's new "Danger Days" set with a mix of songs from 2006's "The Black Parade" and 2004's "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge."

The stripped-down performance felt like a warm-up show for the group, which is headlining its own tour in early 2011. Aside from a few scattered stage props and a spider-adorned American flag, there was no flash or theatrics, just a group getting back to playing shows after sitting out several touring seasons. (The band's last local appearance came during a two-night engagement at the Fillmore in April 2008.)

A more realized stage show is to follow, but on Friday a more relaxed, less manic My Chem showcased a half-dozen songs from "Danger Days," opening with "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" and rolling through songs like "Planetary (Go!)" and "Sing." De-contextualized from the over-arching concept of "The Black Parade," the campy "Mama" worked surprisingly well, and "Cancer" became a touching sing-along. Meanwhile, the "Three Cheers" staples "Helena," "I'm Not Okay" and "The Ghost of You" remain crowd-pleasing, fist-pumping anthems.

At one point lead singer Gerard Way thanked the crowd for hanging around for them, and he didn't mean during the evening's opening acts: The group took more than four years between albums, an eternity for a youth-leaning rock group. But the sold-out crowd let them know they're still there for them, even if the concert was more like a Christmas tease than the biggest present under the tree.

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09 December 2010 @ 01:37 pm
My Chemical Romance at the Midland  
Excess is a tricky goal in rock music. Too much abundance can smother the music; not enough can make a band look flimsy or half-hearted.

Like a lot of bands from New Jersey, My Chemical Romance thinks big. Thursday night, it uncorked a hail of big, beefy, wide-mouth, super-sized and fruity rock anthems upon a crowd of more than 2,000 at the Midland theater and in the process found that nexus where too much is just enough.

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05 December 2010 @ 09:49 pm
A wildly exuberant, half-naked return by the Jersey glam punks  
"If this is the first time you've seen My Chem and you're a boy, take off your shirt." Well, hellllloooooo there, Gerard Way! In the four years since the New Jersey rockers released "The Black Parade," the music world has shifted away from punk and emo. But so has My Chemical Romance—their new record, "Danger Days," is as much '70s glam rock as it is New Wave and power pop. But whatever the labels, MCR deliver the anthems with lightning bolts of energy and, well, the rock'n'roll spirit that would drive young men to go topless.

Last night at Roseland, the new stuff ("Na Na Na Na....," "Sing") held up well, but it was the older tracks like "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" and "Welcome to the Black Parade" that delivered ear-shattering, half-naked singalongs. The Gaslight Anthem (love their Springsteen-esque punk, but they spent waaaaay too much time on stage musing about New Jersey) and Fifteen Fleeting opened. —Kirk Miller, photos: Ryan Muir

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23 November 2010 @ 01:34 pm
My Chemical Romance Dazzle Album Release Party  
To celebrate the release of fourth album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, emo standard bearers My Chemical Romance used their recent metamorphosis into the action heroes of a fully-realized comic book universe to trick out LA's House of Blues as a skewed MCR-branded carnival, complete with midway games and costumed video villains wandering the parking lot.

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23 November 2010 @ 01:07 pm
My Chemical Romance Bring The Killjoys To Life In L.A.  
Band thunders through fierce set in Los Angeles.
By James Montgomery

"How are you tonight?" flame-haired frontman Gerard Way panted, five-songs into his band's set, which was streamed live on MTV.com from the House of Blues on Monday night. "We are My Chemical Romance and it's very amazing to be back."

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23 November 2010 @ 12:56 pm
Live Review: My Chemical Romance — House of Blues, Sunset Strip  
Timeless rock bands are like superheroes.

There's mystery surrounding them. They're larger than life. They can open up new perspectives. They have the power to save the world. Led Zeppelin thrived on that mysticism, while Queen effectively brought bombast back. Pink Floyd treated everyone to the ultimate space trip, and The Who made the world a better place.

My Chemical Romance wielded sonic superpowers all their own during their triumphant release show for Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys last night at the Sunset Strip House of Blues.

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03 November 2010 @ 02:47 pm
HMV Apollo Show Reviews from NME + Kerrang  
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01 November 2010 @ 11:06 pm
My Chemical Romance and Twin Atlantic, live from Edinburgh Corn Exchange  
Walking into Edinburgh Corn Exchange this evening, you have to pinch yourself to actually believe that this is the venue. Despite its reported 3,000+ capacity, it looks like it holds about half that. Considering the last time the headliners were in this neck of the woods, they were filling arenas, tonight looks set to be very special.

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24 October 2010 @ 05:29 pm
MCR Review of London Show  
The pavement outside Hammersmith Apollo looks like the aftermath of Glastonbury. It's littered with carrier bags, food wrappers, even abandoned sleeping bags. A group of stewards are at work with brooms, tutting as they sweep the detritus into big piles. "Incredible, isn't it?" says one. "They slept here overnight."

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