Photography all rights reserved by Andris Jansons
My Chemical Romance, are they emo, pop-punk, alternative rock, gothic rock, post-hardcore? No one really knows and everyone has their own opinion. Regardless of what genre bucket anyone thinks My Chemical Romance falls into the thirty-three-date arena shows prove that they are adored by the masses.
Written by Jessica Trail
It had been eleven long, painful years since the last My Chemical Romance show in Detroit. The audience at the sold-out show at Little Caesar’s Arena got the show everyone hoped it would be. The lights dimmed and out walked nurse Gerard Way along with bandmates Frank Iero, Ray Toro, Mikey Way, Jarrod Alexander, and Jamie Muhoberac.
Racing hearts, happy tears, goosebumps, and butterflies were just a few of the emotional reactions the audience experienced that night. They started the set off with the newest single, and Mikey Way’s favorite song, “Fountains of Decay.” The rise of readily available setlists has changed the way people experience shows and a nightly change-up to the setlist gave fans an extra sense of nostalgia since it was a surprise each night. Without knowing which songs were next the crowd stayed just as enthusiastic for the start of the first song as they were for the start of the nineteenth song.
When they announced the band was breaking up in 2013 no one thought they would ever get to see “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” live again, but that changed for Detroiters with set’s second song of the night. The 2004 song, was popular enough to be featured on the soundtrack for the video game “Burnout 3: Takedown.” With over 312 million plays on Spotify, it is easily a staple in their catalog. They continued by playing another song from Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, “Give ‘Em Hell Kid.”
The next songs included “Bury Me in Black,” “Summertime,” “Our Lady of Sorrows,” followed by the much anticipated first song of the evening from The Black Parade, “House of Wolves.” No matter when fans of My Chemical Romance found them and fell in love The Black Parade holds a special place in the hearts of many of the fans. It is their most popular album, with over 4.5 million copies sold. Up next was “Boy Division,” “DESTROYA,” then the song that makes the heart flutter with a single piano note, “Welcome to the Black Parade.” This song is one of Ray Toro’s two favorite songs and is likely to give the fans chills the next time they hear it on their stereo or in the car. It was a moving song that brought the show and audience to a new high of the night. Just as the crowd stopped dancing from the immensely emotional rush of the previous song the band turned the energy level right back up to ‘to eleven’ with another quintessential song, “Teenagers.” Everybody in the building was dancing and waving their arms in the air. Another fan favorite came up next, “Mama.” However rather than dance their hearts out nearly everyone in the arena turned on their phone’s camera light. The thousands of phone lights turned on lit up the arena as though the overhead lights had been turned on as people sang loud and moved around to the pace of the song; this was truly a marvelous moment to experience.
After playing twelve songs with minimal breaks Gerard took a moment to check on the audience and asked security to hand out water. He reminisced about their first show in Detroit at the Shelter in 2003 This pause gave both the band and audience a needed and well-earned break. When the show resumed, they played “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)”, “S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W”, “The World is Ugly”, and “Famous Last Words.”
In an interview from 2021 with Travis Mills for a podcast on Apple Music 1, Gerard discussed The Black Parade for the fifteenth-year anniversary. In the interview he was asked which song is his favorite. He listed a few before landing on “Sleep” being his favorite. So, it was appropriate to close out the set with Gerard’s favorite song. In proper arena tour fashion, the band took a breather but then returned for a two-song encore. Up first was “Vampires Will Never Hurt You.” While the crowd would have let them play all night, however the set had to eventually come to an end. To finish off the night they chose “Helena” for Detroit. It is the fundamental song that led to the band’s rise before The Black Parade era. This song felt like the perfect ending to a delightful night that kept the adrenaline pumping long after the show was over.
With the Detroit show being the half-way point of the arena portion of the tour there are still many dates left, though tickets are not always easy to obtain. If you are one of the lucky ones who will see them know it will vary each night with different outfits and different set lists. This only enhances the pleasure of reminiscing in the element of surprise.
After the arena dates are completed, they are wrapping up the United States portion of the tour with 3 dates for When We Were Young festival. In this historic lineup My Chemical Romance will be playing alongside many, many others, including Paramore, Bring Me the Horizon, A Day to Remember, Avril Lavigne, Bright Eyes, Jimmy Eat World, and The Used just to name a few. The first date will be October 22nd in Las Vegas, Nevada followed by October 23rd and October 29th. – If you’re attending send me a message or come find me to say “Hello!” I’ll be there for Day 1!!
Remaining Tour Dates:
16 – September – Riot Fest 2022 – Douglas Park Cultural & Community Center – Chicago, IL, US*
18 – September – Ameris Bank Amphitheater – Alpharetta, GA, US
20 – September – Prudential Center – Newark, NJ, US
21 – September – Prudential Center – Newark, NJ, US
23 – September – Firefly Music Festival – The Woodlands, Dover International Speedway – Dover, DE, US*
24 – September – FLA Live Arena – Sunrise, FL, US
27 – September – Toyota Center – Houston, TX, US
28 – September – American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX, US
30 – September – Ball Arena – Denver, CO, US
02 – October – Moda Center – Portland, OR, US
03 – October – Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, WA, US
05 – October – Oakland Arena – Oakland, CA, US
06-09 – October – Monster Energy Aftershock – Discovery Park – Sacramento, CA, US*
07 – October – T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, NV, US
11 – October – Kia Forum – Inglewood, CA, US
12 – October – Kia Forum – Inglewood, CA, US
14 – October – Kia Forum – Inglewood, CA, US
15 – October – Kia Forum – Inglewood, CA, US
17 – October – Kia Forum – Inglewood, CA, US
22-23 – October / 29 – When We Were Young – Las Vegas Festival Grounds – Las Vegas, NV, US*
18-20 – November – Festival Corona Capital – Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez – Mexico City, Mexico*
All Rights Reserved by Jessica Trail / JETRAIL Photography, LLC
All Rights Reserved by Jessica Trail / JETRAIL Photography, LLC
Many fans may not agree what genre of music My Chemical Romance is, but everyone can agree that words like amazing, great, and exceptional is how they should be described. The New Jersey band from the early 2000’s formed in wake of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, New York, New York. They are amongst giants also from New Jersey including Misfits, Skid Row, and Bon Jovi. While they have made each album distinctive, they have produced each with its own set of genre bending sounds. They have said that their influences came from David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Queen, Black Flag, the Misfits, and Nirvana. After calling it quits in 2013, on Halloween 2019 they announced a reunion tour intended for 2020, though the universe had other plans. After two postponements, Gerald Way (lead vocals), Ray Toro (lead guitar), Mikey Way (bass guitar), Frank Iero (rhythm guitar), Jarrod Alexander (drums), and Jamie Muhoberac (keyboards) were able to kick off the reunion tour 20 August 2022.
Gothenburg, Sweden has given us many metal bands and is considered one of the worlds hotbeds for melodic death metal genre. In Flames is very important piece of Gothenburg metal scene as they pioneered this distinct genre along with likes of At The Gates and Dark Tranquility. This fall the band has crossed the ocean and are in the midst of North American Tour along side Fit For An Autopsy, Orbit Culture and Vended.
Written by Andris Jansons
The first band I witnessed that night was New Jersey’s own Fit For An Autopsy. Deathcore practitioners from Jersey City formed back in 2008 and have been staple of deathcore scene since. Last Thursday’s show was their homecoming of sort as Jersey City is just about forty minute drive from Sayreville, NJ. Their set was full of energy and loud. Well, I must say a little too loud. My personal take is that sound engineers could have dialed down one notch, as it was pretty painful for the ears in the pit and front rows. That later was rectified for In Flames set. Nonetheless band was great, as their setlist emphasized on their latest release Oh What the Future Holds. Band is scheduled later in October to take part in Lamb Of God tour.
Full photo gallery for Fit For An Autopsy here.
I think that is safe to say that thirteen studio albums later In Flames are considered in the heavyweight class. Grammis awards winning band (not to be confused with Grammy Awards) has not released album since 2019 however is working on new material and are poised to release one soon, as two new songs already has been introduced to the fans. Latest one of them The Great Deceiver was the bands choice for an opening song. Their set was fairly large and consisted of 17 songs spanning and represented almost every single of their albums released (except Siren Charms) and not yet released. The Great Deceiver was followed by Fear Is The Weakness before taking the trip down a memory lane to early beginnings with Cloud Connected and Stand Ablaze.
This tour features ex-Megadeth Chris Broderick filling in for Niclas Engelin, for like three years straight now. While seems like there is still no clear resolution with Niclas being with the band, Chris is really fitting well and seems to be in the right place.
Full photo gallery for In Flames here.
From notable songs bands setlist consisted of ones like I Am Above, Episode 666 and Take This Life. For the closing song bands choice went to My Sweet Shadow.
In Flames will continue to tour till the end of September with a quick stop at Louder Than Life Festival and then continue in October with Meshuggah and later with Born Of Osiris before returning to Europe. List of dates available below.
w/ Fit For An Autopsy, Orbit Culture and Vended:
09/12 Quebec, QC – Theatre Capitole
09/13 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
09/14 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
09/15 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
09/16 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
09/17 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
09/19 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
09/20 Green Bay, WI – Epic Event Center
09/22 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
09/23 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life
09/25 Birmingham, AL – Furnace Fest
09/27 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
09/28 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
09/29 Wichita, KS – The Cotillion
09/30 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
w/ Meshuggah & Torche:
10/02 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
10/04 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
10/08 Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
10/09 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
10/10 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
10/12 Dallas, TX – The Factory Deep Ellum
10/13 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/15 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
10/16 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
w/ Born Of Osiris, Darkest Hour and Hammerhedd
10/17 Tampa, FL – Jannus Live
10/18 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
10/20 Richmond, VA – The National
10/21 Warrendale, PA – Jergels
10/22 Cleveland, OH – TempleLive at Cleveland Masonic
10/23 London, ON – London Music Hall (no Hammerhedd)
10/24 Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theatre
10/26 Hampton Beach, NH – Wally’s
10/27 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theatre (no Darkest Hour)
10/28 Reading, PA – Reverb (no Darkest Hour)
Canadians know how to rock – period! Sure, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby and all other Canadian hockey stars can “rock” the ice rink, but, damn, Canadian rockers can take down the house too. Sold out summer stage The Stone Pony at Asbury Park, NJ just barely survived full onslaught of variety of punk rock. And if anything, we Blame Canada. Canadian rockers SUM 41 and Simple Plan just wrapped up their co-headlined North American The Blame Canada Tour 2022. So we caught up with them on hot, steamy night by the famous Jersey shore in the famous Jersey rock venue to witness one of the last shows in the tour.
Written by Andris Jansons
Night started off with very colorful performance of American band Set It Off. I was able to witness the band wrapping up their set. Some very joyous music, as colorful as the bands members themselves, and setting off many positive vibes.
Simple Plan came on stage as sun started slowly setting. With no backdrop banners, some contrasting clouds and blue sky set the beautiful natural backdrop. For a Simple Plan this tour served as a way to commemorate 20th Anniversary of their debut album No Pads, No Helmets …. Just Balls, and the band opened their set with the song taken from that album called I’d Do Anything. Other songs from album that were played were Addicted, I’m Just A Kid, The Worst Day Ever and Perfect which served as a conclusion for their set.
Bands vocalist Pierre Bouvier kept constant contact with the crowd and made quite a few references of the previous times band played in New Jersey. He even let the fans play with his balls …. Ughh, the inflated beach balls that is. Why, what did you thought? One lucky fan even received signed by Pierre beach ball. Later during I’m Just A Kid song the bands drummer Chuck Comeau addressed the crowd about pandemic and tour postponements and decided to crowd surf, but not before putting on a yellow hazmat suit with hazmat facemask, and when fans “returned” him to the stage he got disinfected with some smoke guns. A little lighthearted step back from all the stress we suffered in the last two years.
SUM 41 barged on to the stage like a Nor easter winds from the Canada in the middle of January. We, Jersey people know that all too well. Fittingly, just before the band came on the AC/DC’s TNT blasted from the speakers, just to give way for SUM 41 to blast first three songs – Motivation, The Hell Song and Over My Head (Better Off Dead). All three songs felt like one, relentless onslaught of hard-hitting punk rock with Dave Baksh shredding like a true metaller and vocalist Deryck Whibley delivering aggressive vocals. Same goes for everyone else on the band. Everyone was fully immersed in the moment and performance.
See full photo gallery for SUM 41 here.
SUM 41 dedicated this tour to their 21st Anniversary of their debut album All Killer No Filler. And while they played four songs from that album, rest of the set was nicely filled with the material from most of their discography.
Band delivered a hard-hitting punch for the night as crowd was going off in the pit and crowd surfers came forward like ocean waves crashing the Jersey beach.
Both Canadian bands are now scheduled to travel to Europe for better part of September and October, and later SUM 41 will join Offspring for their Australian Tour.