It adds to a sprawling list of covers that Clarkson has performed on her NBC series The Kelly Clarkson Show, with recent editions seeing her tackle tracks by the likes of Radiohead, The Weeknd, Depeche Mode, Olivia Rodrigo and Charli XCX.
Her take on ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ – the cornerstone of My Chemical Romance’s 2006 album ‘The Black Parade’ – sees her return to the pop-rock stylings of her early releases post-American Idol.
Though it abridges the track considerably – Clarkson’s take runs a minute and a half long, while the original clocks in at 5:11 – it’s a largely faithful cover, soaring harmonies and all.
Watch Clarkson’s cover of ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ below:
‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ has enjoyed a wealth of popularity in its 15 years, even recently – it’s been praised by everyone from Andrew Lloyd Webber to Kevin Smith, and even got covered by drum prodigy Nandi Bushell.
My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way reminisced on the track last month, saying it was inspired by “the triumph of the human spirit over darkness”. He also called it “the hardest [song] to finish” on ‘The Black Parade’, and noted that it was almost cut from the album’s tracklisting.
In other Kelly Clarkson news, the singer recently teamed up with Ariana Grande for the single ‘Santa, Can’t You Hear Me’, appearing on an entire album of Yuletide tunes called ‘When Christmas Comes Around’. The Kelly Clarkson Show is also due for a boost in 2022, taking over Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime TV show slot in autumn 2022.