My Chemical Romance
The Black Parade Is Dead!
by Anne Waites
My Chemical Romance have never been a band to do anything by halves, so when they decided to kill off their alter egos The Black Parade it was always going to be a dramatic and very public execution.
That they decided to bring this section of their lives to an end in front of a giant audience in Mexico, a country that remembers its ancestors and celebrates passing into the next life with its annual Day Of The Dead, is surely no coincidence with a band this obsessed with attention to detail.
Luckily, on a tour blighted with bandmembers dropping like flies, the Mexico City gig finds them in their full number and bursting with fiery intensity. Gerard Way, from the earliest days in the skankiest venues, has always been a born rock star, and as he creeps across the stage like the singer from Tim Burton’s wildest dreams, or flings his arms out, eyes gleaming, soaking in the rapture of the audience, he’s untouchable.
Unlike many live DVDs, this is an event worth documenting, the band tighter than they’ve ever been, deathly pale beneath the fireworks and confetti, demonic during the gloriously hellish ‘Mama’. Talk about going out in style.
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But for every end there’s a new beginning, which is why the decision to follow Mexico City with a show at Maxwell’s in New Jersey, a venue roughly the size of a large envelope, is as significant as the arena gig.
Representing their rebirth as My Chemical Romance, going back to their roots, it’s feral, powerful, and they look like there’s nowhere on earth they’d rather be at that moment. After the bells and whistles of The Black Parade, it’s a reminder of the power they wield in the lowliest of circumstances. And it’ll have any fan excited about where their next path will lead.
The Black Parade Is Dead! by My Chemical Romance is out now on Reprise Records