My Chemical Romance/Thursday

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Monday, May 16, 2011

My Chemical Romance and Thursday are currently touring around the country together. Chip Tamplin had the chance to check out the show when it came to the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C., check below for his impressions and photos.

Thursday:

Normally by the time I’ve seen a band four times I’m bored of them, no matter who it is. However, Thursday has managed to peak my interest more and more each time and this was easily the best of the times I’ve seen them. All the members seemed to have a lot more energy, despite the lackluster crowd.

Vocalist Geoff Rickly was all over the stage and repeatedly attempted to get the crowd to participate, but to little effect. Their only real snafu was choosing to play “Jet Black New Year” second to last instead of as their closer. “Turnpike Divides”, though a great single from their new album No Devolucion, was a too mellow to end with and unfortunately lost the tiny bit of participation MCR fans gave them during “Jet Black New Year”. Regardless, the band played a phenomenal set and I look forward to their summer tour with Taking Back Sunday.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 6
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 8
Overall Rating: 9

Set list:

1. Fast to the End
2. Magnets Caught in a Metal Heart
3. No Answers
4. Past and Future Ruins
5. Signals Over the Air
6. Jet Black New Year
7. Turnpike Divides

My Chemical Romance:

Surprisingly, it’s been a few years since I last saw MCR, almost four in fact. In that time, MCR has gone through some pretty drastic musical changes. After putting out Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys towards the end of 2010, the band toured Europe and finally came back stateside to play some smaller, more intimate club shows.

The line to get into the venue was stretched around the corner and almost fully up the next block. Easily one hundred people were there in line two hours before doors had even opened. Die-hard fans had been camping out since early that morning, making sure they’d get the best spots available on the railing.

Initially one of the biggest hurdles to get over was seeing MCR in a venue that small, since the last few times I’d seen them were festivals and amphitheaters. Once that settled in, I loved seeing a band as big as MCR playing for such a small crowd and wished more bands were able to do that. It was also amusing to see vocalist Gerard Way trade in his long hair for a close trim and dyeing it pink.

I was also surprised that the average age of the crowd hadn’t seemed to age at all since ’07. Clearly they’re able to reach that target audience no matter what their music sounds like. Their set list was pretty massive and had a good mixture of their entire musical catalogue. The only downfall of their set was playing “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na)”. Every time I heard that song I feel like an ice pick is slowly being inserted into my ear. Despite that, the set list was great and I loved seeing songs like “Planetary (GO!)”, “Vampires Will Never Hurt You” and “Bulletproof Heart” in there.

My Chemical Romance has definitely earned their fame and between their work ethic and showmanship, it’s easy to see why. Though Gerard was the most stationary of the band on stage, guitarists Frank Iero, Ray Toro and bassist Mikey Way, the band definitely delivered a phenomenal set from start to finish. With the help of Thursday and The Architects, the band put on one of the best tours of the year.

Vocals: 8
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 9.6

Set list:

1. Look Alive, Sunshine
2. Na Na Na (Na Na Na NA Na Na Na)
3. Thank You For the Venom
4. Planetary (GO!)
5. Hang ‘Em High
6. Mama
7. The Only Hope For Me Is You
8. House of Wolves
9. Summertime
10. I’m Not Okay (I Promise)
11. Vampire Money
12. DESTROYA
13. Welcome to the Black Parade
14. Teenagers
15. SING
16. Vampires Will Never Hurt You
17. Helena
18. Cancer

Encore:

19. Our Lady of Sorrows
20. Bulletproof Heart

Photos (Bands Listed in Alphabetical Order):

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