Gerard Way gives the crowd a reason to scream
My Chemical Romance pulled out all the stops for their show at the Los Angeles Forum on Saturday night (March 10).
Dressed in matching black-and-white Sgt Pepper’s jackets, the New Jersey quintet ran through 2006’s ‘The Black Parade’ in its entirety for a sold-out crowd of 18,000.
The evening began with frontman Gerard Way being wheeled out onto the stage lying on a hospital trolley. He quickly sprang to life and ran his band through the paces of their epic concept album.
“We came here tonight to rip your mother-fucking faces off!” a dark-haired, white-faced Way screamed at the audience. “Every last one of you is a fucking animal!” he added, and the crowd erupted.
Highlights of the evening included a bombastic, over-the-top performance of ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ punctuated by cannon blasts and leaping flames, and the moving ‘Famous Last Words’.
After completing the ‘Parade’ portion of the evening, the band left the stage and returned moments later wearing black street clothes to perform several hits from 2004’s ‘Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge’.
The straight-ahead, aggressive rock whipped the mosh pit into a frenzy and left Way looking a little out of breath. Still he soldiered on, thanking his friends, family, record label and the audience before saying goodnight.
“There are only a few places in the world that feel like home,” he told the adoring crowd, comprised largely of teenagers. “London, Chicago, New Jersey, and mother-fucking Los Angeles!”
The set list was:
“This Is How I Disappear’
‘The Sharpest Lives’
‘Welcome To The Black Parade’
‘I Don’t Love You’
‘House of Wolves’
‘Famous Last Words’
‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’
‘The Ghost of You’
‘Give ‘Em Hell Kid’
‘Thank You For The Venom’
‘You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison’
As previously announced, My Chemical Romance will head to the UK for a series of dates beginning March 20.
–By our Los Angeles staff.