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[Review] My Chemical Romance @ Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 16/03/2023

The Black Parade, after so many years, finally flooded the grounds outside of Rod Laver Arena for an iconic group that made an explosive comeback pre-Covid, and proved that their powerful performance ability had never wavered in the time they were seemingly gone. Joined by the wholesome pop-punk tunes of Jimmy Eat World, Gerard Way and his ensemble of hellhounds gave fans what they waited for as they tore the roof off the iconic Melbourne Arena.

 

Jimmy Eat World elevated the energy of an already eager crowd as they injected an enthusiastic dose of pop-punk. Performing an array of hits from their career, this band was a notably significant aspect to this tour given their history starting out and performing with My Chemical Romance, telling tales of their youth in high school and the hardships of starting a rock band at their age, in the community they grew up in. This wholesome, joyful ensemble concluded after a soaring audience roar with the unmistakable rock’n’roll hit, The Middle, a song of hope and the encouragement of following your dreams, no matter the lengths or time it takes. 

 

The interval between both sets was short and sweet, and after being entertained by an roadie seductively vacuuming the stage to the tune of Pony by Ginuwine, before the crowd collectively howled the lyrics to I’m A Believer. The lights dimmed and an ethereal synthy drone rumbled accompanied by fitting dark red beams. My Chemical Romance silently took position as the guitarist plucked the intro to The Foundations of Decay, and decked out in a ladies office attire covered by a long black overcoat, Gerard Way’s incomparable vocals swept us off our feet.

 

It was extremely difficult to keep off our feet throughout the entirety of this show. Decorated with an incredible backdrop of an apocalyptic city in ruins at the stern of the stage, MCR exceeded all my already high expectations with a heavy instrumental amplification accompanying Gerard Way’s vocal range from angelic youthfulness to monstrous screaming. And it’s not easy to rip the conversation away from the revered heartthrob frontman, as his undying energy and charisma really helped construct such a powerful show. The sold out audience was under his enchanting spell who screamed and jumped to until the perimeter of Rod Laver Arena opened an inch. It was notably difficult to not slip on the puddles of tears throughout the venue, which was understandable that this was such an emotional event for die-hard fans.

 

The middle of the night shined brightest and received the most noise as hit after hit brought the house down. Beginning with the chat worthy Teenagers, dedicated to Gerard’s ‘badass’ daughter Bandit, followed by the painful lyrics of I’m Not Okay (I Promise), all before pulling up to the 2010 era with Na Na Na. The real emotion hit upon hearing That G note. Of course familiar individuals would know this as the saddening first note introducing the undeniable classic, Welcome to the Black Parade, and oh boy when I tell you that voices were lost and tears fell like Niagara.  I tear fell to my eye not to the tune itself, but witnessing the impact that MCR and their music to has to especially younger fans, it’s this power of music that really makes one appreciate the art form. 

 

As stated before, the headbanger of a set remained unchanged for the remainder of the set. Gerard’s witty but in character quips and hollers to the crowd and the precise energy of the band kept thoughts away from any and all gig-weariness. The real kicker for me was the surprise reggae-inspired guitar skanks opening a personal favourite number of mine, Mama, a dark Cabaret tune that in my personal opinion, perfectly captures the Tim Burton-esc, gothic horror theme of My Chemical Romance, what with the catchy chorus declaration of “Mama, we’re ALL going to Hell”. The band abruptly closed the curtains on their performance in preparation for what surely would be an explosive and emotionally driven encore, after the packed arena of fans never broke from the streak of cheering; and screaming, the team re-entered to conclude the set with the heavy fast paced Vampires Will Never Hurt You ending with the follow up of the classic intro number to the album Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, Helena, which was no better way to end this long awaited show. Gerard spiritually embraced all of us collectively in his warm arms quavering the chorus words “So Long, and Goodnight”, harmonised with the strained vocals of countless sobbing fans. 

 

Growing up, I couldn’t help but to catch an MCR hit every now and then, however from what I can remember I was always drawn to every emo theme and grew to admire the group. Finally witnessing a live show of theirs made me appreciate these beautiful memories of youth, and witness the emotional impact Gerard and his gang have on fellow youths, whether they got us through hard times, or phases of dark self reflection. My Chemical Romance, you were a treat. 

You can still catch My Chemical Romance at the following shows:

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – March 17,2023
Qudos Arena, Sydney – March 19, 2023
Qudos Arena, Sydney – March 20, 2023

For complete tour, ticket and VIP Experience information, visit: livenation.com.au

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My Chemical Romance Add Shows To 2023 Australian Tour

My Chemical Romance (aka MCR/My Chem) have today announced additional shows to their 2023 Australian arena tour.
 
These shows will be the band’s first Australian shows since their appearance at Big Day Out festival in 2012. MCR are thrilled to announce new shows at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Monday, March 13, followed by Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Thursday, March 16 and Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on Monday, March 20, in addition to the already announced, sold out dates.
 
Tickets for all shows go on sale at 12 pm Wednesday, December 15.
 
My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning 3 pm Tuesday, December 14 until 11 am Wednesday, December 15.
 
For complete tour and ticket information, visit: livenation.com.au.
 
Formed in NJ, My Chemical Romance made their debut in 2002 with the independently released album “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love”. The band signed to Reprise Records the following year and made its major-label debut with 2004’s “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge”, now 3x certified Platinum. The album contained the Platinum hit ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise),’ the Gold-certified ‘Helena,’ and ‘The Ghost of You.’ Rolling Stone hailed the 3x Platinum “The Black Parade” as one of the top albums of 2006. Lead single ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ topped both Billboard’s Alternative Songs tally and the UK Official Singles chart and is now 3x Platinum. The band toured extensively behind the album – appearing as characters from “The Black Parade” – and released the live album “The Black Parade is Dead!” in 2008. “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” was released in 2010 and topped Billboard’s Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts. It was followed by a series of singles later released as “Conventional Weapons” in 2013.
 
Selling out stadiums across the globe and providing the soundtrack of a generation, Live Nation is beyond excited to welcome My Chemical Romance back to Australia!
 

“It’s with this landmark concert that MCR ceases to be a nostalgic act, and proves its mettle as a timeless, rock & roll band for the ages.” Rolling Stone
 
As the crowd slowly left the venue, some fans had streaks of tears lining their faces — a fitting finale for a group that had been away for far too long.” Variety

 
 

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE

AUSTRALIA 2023

 
 
Mon 13 Mar                Entertainment Centre           JUST ANNOUNCED Brisbane                    QLD
 
Tue 14 Mar                 Entertainment Centre           SOLD OUT                 Brisbane                    QLD
 
Thur 16 Mar               Rod Laver Arena                   JUST ANNOUNCED  Melbourne                 VIC
 
Fri 17 Mar                   Rod Laver Arena                   SOLD OUT                 Melbourne                 VIC
 
Sun 19 Mar                Qudos Bank Arena              SOLD OUT                 Sydney                       NSW
 
Mon 20 Mar                Qudos Bank Arena              JUST ANNOUNCED  Sydney                       NSW
 
 

TICKETS ON SALE 12 PM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15
Live Nation pre-sale begins 3 pm Tuesday, December 14 until 11 am Wednesday, December 15.
  
For complete tour and ticket information, visit livenation.com.au

 

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My Chemical Romance Announce Jimmy Eat World as Special Guests for Australian Tour

My Chemical Romance (aka MCR/My Chem) has announced Arizona’s finest Jimmy Eat World as support for their 2023 Australian arena tour.
 
Celebrating nearly three decades and ten albums, lead vocalist and lead guitarist Jim Adkins, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch, and drummer Zach Lind, will return to Australian shores for the first time in six years.
 
The Mesa, Arizona quartet’s commercial breakthrough came with the release of Bleed American, with single “The Middle” hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Airplay chart and peaking at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, where it spent 33 weeks total on the chart. 
 
Futures, their follow-up album to Bleed American, featured single “Pain,” which also hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Alternative Airplay chart, made Billboard’s Hot 100 (No. 93), and is RIAA-certified Gold. In October 2019, the band released their tenth album, the critically acclaimed, Surviving.  
 
June 2022 saw Jimmy Eat World return with their first independent release, single “Something Loud”.
 
My Chemical Romance’s March tour, will be their first return to Australia since their appearance at Big Day Out festival in 2012.
 
Second shows in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney were announced off the back of their original shows instant sell-out; tickets for the additional shows are on sale now from livenation.com.au.
 
For complete tour and ticket information, visit livenation.com.au.
 

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE

With Guests Jimmy Eat World

AUSTRALIA 2023

 
 
Mon 13 Mar                Entertainment Centre                               Brisbane                    QLD
 
Tue 14 Mar                 Entertainment Centre    SOLD OUT         Brisbane                    QLD
 
Thu 16 Mar                 Rod Laver Arena                                        Melbourne                 VIC
 
Fri 17 Mar                   Rod Laver Arena             SOLD OUT         Melbourne                 VIC
 
Sun 19 Mar                Qudos Bank Arena           SOLD OUT        Sydney                       NSW
 
Mon 20 Mar                Qudos Bank Arena                                     Sydney                       NSW
 
 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW
For complete tour and ticket information, visit livenation.com.au

 

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My Chemical Romance Australia Tour Annouced for 2022

My Chemical Romance (aka MCR/My Chem) have today announced an Australian arena tour for 2022, the band’s first Australian shows since their appearance at Big Day Out festival in 2012. MCR will perform their highly anticipated shows at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Monday, March 14, followed by concerts at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Thursday, March 17 and Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on Saturday, March 19.
 
Tickets for all shows go on sale at 12pm Thursday, May 27.
 
My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning 11am Wednesday, May 26 until 11am Thursday, May 27.
 
For complete tour and ticket information, visit: livenation.com.au.
 
Formed in NJ, My Chemical Romance made their debut in 2002 with the independently released album “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love”. The band signed to Reprise Records the following year and made its major-label debut with 2004’s “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge”, now 3x certified Platinum. The album contained the Platinum hit ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise),’ the Gold-certified ‘Helena,’ and ‘The Ghost of You.’ Rolling Stone hailed the 3x Platinum “The Black Parade” as one of the top albums of 2006. Lead single ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ topped both Billboard’s Alternative Songs tally and the UK Official Singles chart and is now 3x Platinum. The band toured extensively behind the album – appearing as characters from “The Black Parade” – and released the live album “The Black Parade is Dead!” in 2008. “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” was released in 2010 and topped Billboard’s Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts. It was followed by a series of singles later released as “Conventional Weapons” in 2013.
 
Selling out stadiums across the globe and providing the soundtrack of a generation, Live Nation is beyond excited to welcome My Chemical Romance back to Australia!
 
“It’s with this landmark concert that MCR ceases to be a nostalgic act, and proves its mettle as a timeless, rock & roll band for the ages.” Rolling Stone
 
As the crowd slowly left the venue, some fans had streaks of tears lining their faces — a fitting finale for a group that had been away for far too long.” Variety
 
 

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE

AUSTRALIA 2022

 
         BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, BRISBANE          MONDAY MARCH 14
         ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE                                      THURSDAY MARCH 17
         QUDOS BANK ARENA, SYDNEY                                           SATURDAY MARCH 19
              
 

TICKETS ON SALE 12PM THURSDAY, MAY 27
Live Nation pre-sale begins 11am Wednesday, May 26 until 11am Thursday, May 27
 
For complete tour and ticket information, visit livenation.com.au

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