Frontman Gerard Way and his bass player brother Mikey are both half-Scottish, and before their show, Gerard told NME that he always feels a connection to Scotland whenever he is here. He said: “I think I always wear it on my sleeve when I’m there. I certainly feel Scottish and I’ve always felt really proud of that,” before adding that he has always instinctively put salt on his porridge, a traditionally Scottish trait.
During MCR‘s set, they played ‘Destroya’ from their last album ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ – pictured below – and dedicated it to Scottish comic book artist and friend of the band Grant Morrison and his wife Kristan.
Despite being booked as headliners for Reading and Leeds next month, the band today played third from top on the bill behind Foo Fighters and Pulp. But the singer said he was nothing but “proud” to warm up for the returning British indie stars.
He explained the significance of his band covering their ‘Common People’ on Radio 1’s Live Lounge. He said: “We did that cover with total respect for the original. It’s a testament to Pulp‘s music the fact that song meant so much to me being a cartpusher in New Jersey with no future, all the way across the ocean. That meant hopefully as much to me as it did for everybody else. So I tried to go back to that place where I would push carts with no future when I was singing it.”
My Chemical Romance played:
‘Na Na Na’ (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)’
‘Give ‘Em Hell, Kid’
‘The Only Hope For Me Is You’
‘Welcome To The Black Parade’
‘I’m Not OK (I Promise)’
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