Gerard Way says this new Steve Aoki remix of My Chemical Romance’s ‘Black Parade’ ‘captures the song’s true essence’

The emo classic gets a dance re-work

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of My Chemical Romance‘s classic album ‘The Black Parade’, Steve Aoki has remixed the record’s title track – which frontman Gerard Way says truly ‘captures the essence of the song’.

‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ was a No.1 single for the emo giants, and cemented their status as an arena act and festival headliners. Now. Aoki has given the song an intense dance rework.

“You know, when you’ve written a song, sometimes it’s really hard to wrap your brain around what somebody else is doing, or maybe the way that they see the song. But right away, I really loved his remix,” MCR frontman Gerard Way told Buzzfeed. “And what I love about it is the sounds are phenomenal, and he’s kept the intensity, and I think in some ways, the purpose of the song. So, I loved it right away. I was like, this is really cool. And it’s always fun to hear somebody, especially somebody as talented as Steve, it’s fun to hear the way they see the song.


“It has that bed of music there, still, that the band was a part of. It has those important melodies, and it has those important root notes. So, you know, I think it does a really great job of capturing the essence of the song and turning it into something new.”

Steve Aoki added: ”This is a song that’s not just representing My Chemical Romance, it represents an entire culture. This is absolutely one of the most important songs of our generation. I’m just happy that the 10-year anniversary came out and I was lucky — honoured — to be able to work on it.”

Former MCR guitarist Ray Toro recently spoke to NME about the rumours of the band reuniting, and their relationship since they split.

 “Here and there I think we all probably miss making music together – but I think at the same time we’re all very focused on our current projects,” said Toro. “For me it’s a big step for me to finally get my record out, then also I’m planning on doing some touring next year. Frank is very busy with his projects, Mikey just put out a record, then Gerard is working on comics right now – so I think individually we’re all very much focused on what we have going on personally.”

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