On Halloween, MCR announced their return show for nearly two months away in Los Angeles. Now that wait and emotional preparation is finally over as the band hit the stage at 9:45 p.m. PT to play their first song.
Last night, the band hit the stage to run through their soundcheck, hinting at a potential setlist for the evening. Shortly after, they revealed reunion “jam sessions” began all the way back in 2017, leaving Frank Iero to drop clues right in front of our faces since then.
Now, seven years after leaving closing their set at Bamboozle in May 2012, My Chemical Romance reunited at the Shrine Auditorium. Following Thursday’s opening performance, Iero, Gerard Way, Mikey Way and Ray Toro took to the stage with Jarrod Alexander on drums.
The group kicked things off with a new angel-adorned curtain as audio references to their albums played including “Look alive, sunshine” and the opening dialogue of the “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” video before launching into the Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge track.
The last song delivered just as many feels as the first and MCR truly sent fans out with something to remember. My Chemical Romance played “Welcome to the Black Parade”.
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Rumors of a My Chemical Romance reunion have run rampant since the emo staples disbanded in 2013. Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman even revealed he attempted to get the band back together for the tour’s 25th anniversary shows to no avail.
The brothers appeared on the KISS FM Breakfast Show June 7 to discuss their new album, but during the interview, Joe dished some dirt that definitely toyed with everyone’s emotions. Joe claims that while they were rehearsing in New York, MCR were apparently there rehearsing right next to them.
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“I’ve got some dirt,” Joe begins. “My Chemical Romance apparently were rehearsing next to us in New York recently, which I thought they broke up, so I don’t know.”
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With Joe Jonas and Mark Hoppus getting our hopes up, Frank Iero finally addressed the rumor nearly a month later. Iero squashed the speculation in an interview with the Asbury Park Press ahead of the Atlantic City Warped Tour.
When asked about My Chemical Romance, Iero denied Joe’s report of the shared practice space. While Iero shrugged off that anything was currently in the works, he left the door cracked for a victory lap someday. “I survived a bus accident, so anything is possible,” Iero said.
Then, finally, they said it would never happen, and then it did on Halloween. Activity began on a new Instagram account for My Chemical Romance with posts surfacing shortly after fans began speculating Iero’s Oct. 30 Instagram post was about more than the weather.
“it’s reported that it’s going to rain in new jersey tomorrow, washing out all Halloween festivities…” Iero posted. “Guess we’re gonna have to find something else to do.”
At 2 p.m. ET Oct. 31, the band’s Facebook page changed their profile picture to a black candle, beginning an hour filled with teases and speculation. Read the rest of the return details from Halloween here.
Following tonight’s big return, the band will head to Australia, New Zealand and Japan in 2020. Check out the full list of dates below, with tickets here.
03/20/20 – Melbourne, AU @ Melbourne Showgrounds (Download Melbourne)
03/21/20 – Sydney, AU @ Parramatta Park (Download Sydney)
03/25/20 – Western Springs, NZ @ The Outer Fields at Western Springs
03/28/20 – Osaka, JP @ INTEX Osaka
03/29/20 – Download Festival, JP @ Makuhari Messe Event Hall