My Chemical Romance made a dramatic return on Saturday (October 23), debuting a clutch of songs from their new album in London – their first UK gig in three years.
The New Jersey-based rock stars unveiled their new style at Hammersmith Apollo with singer Gerard Way debuting his new bright red hair, appearing as his new alias Party Poison.
Opening the show with new single ‘Na Na Na’, the band went on to preview three more new songs, the driving punk jam ‘Planetary (Go!)’, the anthemic ‘The Only Hope For Me Is You’, and the epic ‘The Kids From Yesterday’, which closed the show.
The album has a loose concept in which the band have alter-egos in the form of The Fabulous Killjoys – a group of desert-dwelling outlaws who are fighting against the evil corporation Better Living Industries, in the aftermath of a non-specific, cataclysmic “event”.
My Chemical Romance are preparing to release their fourth album ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ next month.
The deluxe edition of the album is set to include an EP by a fictional band called Mad Gear And Missile Kid. It’s an extension of the album’s concept – Mad Gear And Missile Kid are supposedly the band that the Killjoys “are listening to in the car as they’re having those gun battles,” according to guitarist Frank Iero.
They also unveiled their new drummer, Michael Pedicone, formerly of Arizona hardcore band The Bled. Pedicone replaces Bob Bryar, who parted ways with My Chemical Romance in February.
Many of the audience, who Way had adopted as ‘Killjoys’, were dressed up in outfits inspired by the Mad Max style video to ‘Na Na Na’.
‘Danger Days…’ was produced by Rob Cavallo and will be released by Reprise Records on November 22, 2010.
Guitarist Ray Toro in trademark heavy metal T-shirt (this one features 80s rocker Randy Rhodes), on stage at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.
Gerard Way shows off his new red hairdo.
Down the front at the MCR show in London. Eager fans had queued outside the venue overnight, braving the rain.
My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero (in striped top) and singer Gerard Way.
Way referred to fans as “Killjoys” at various points throughout the show, a reference to the title of the album.
MCR, as seen from the photo pit. This was the band’s first UK show in three years.
My Chemical Romance’s World Contamination tour continues tonight (25 October) in Edinburgh, before heading to Europe.
Watch the official video for MCR’s current single, ‘Na Na Na…’
Plus – check out our track by track guide to the new album.
Read our live report on My Chemical Romance’s Hammersmith show.
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