The poodle-permed axeman joined the New Jersey band at the start of their encore to play on a version of Queen‘s ‘We Will Rock You’. He also stuck around for set-closer ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’, footage of which you can watch by scrolling down and clicking below.
The group produced a spectacular show at the festivals, with fireworks, lasers, a multi-screen video wall and confetti, while frontman Gerard Way made reference to the recent riots in the UK.
The singer has since spoken to NME about how the collaboration with May came about, explaining that similarities between the bands’ live experiences inspired him to suggest the hook-up.
I wrote an email to Brian after getting his email off [producer] Rob Cavallo. There was this story that you [Queen] played a show in Paris and got booed off and Freddie [Mercury] said, ‘We’re gonna come back and be the biggest band in the world’. And after what happened to us at Reading in 2006 [when they were bottled], people would ask us, ‘Are you gonna do that again? [play the festival]’ and I’d go, ‘Not unless we’re headlining it.’
So I told him this whole story and how we were gonna go back and could he give me some advice. So we just got talking and I went to his house – I got off a plane, went to his house, went to his jam room, jammed out, did a soundcheck. I had a feeling that morning, it flipped in my brain, not, ‘Are we ready for this?’, I almost felt like ‘Is the crowd ready for us?’
Although My Chemical Romance were bottled during the 2006 Reading Festival performance Way was referring to, they were met with a much more positive reception this time around – click here to see NME‘s fan reaction round-up video.