Sometimes it’s easy to forget that just a few years ago, the guys in My Chemical Romance were simply five comic-book-obsessed everydudes from rural New Jersey. So with all that’s happened to them lately — hit record, “TRL”-approved single, boatload of Video Music Awards nominations — you’ll have to forgive them if they get a little carried away.
Which is kind of what happened when they began talking about their first-ever headlining tour, promising a mega-theatrical production, complete with films and dancers. But when details of the tour finally surfaced, it turned out that the guys had gotten a bit ahead of themselves with their grandiose ideas (see “My Chemical Romance Fall Tour: Arena Rock On The Installment Plan” ).
And while the tour is still a definite go, the band was forced to scale things back just a bit, which, as MCR frontman Gerard Way told MTV News, isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
“We’re a very passionate live band — our show is very kinetic, so we don’t want people to be watching a whole lot of video. We want you to be watching us,” he laughed. “That being said, we’ve taken our ambitious ideas and broken them down into something I don’t think anyone has seen before. We’re going to be using a lot of video content and shapes and visual elements. We want to give people a full night with us, and we want to give some fans who’ve known us for a long time the chance to hear some of those older songs that they never get to hear, ever.”
And that includes a set filled with songs not just from their breakthrough, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, but from 2002’s I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love too. It’s the kind of show MCR have been itching to put on ever since they started making the rounds on big-ticket tours like Green Day’s American Idiot trek or this summer’s edition of the Warped Tour: big on emotion, heavy on older material (see “My Chemical Romance: They’re Okay [Promise]” ).
And they’ve even gone so far as adding a few extra dates to the tour — including two homecoming shows in Jersey — which was originally scheduled to end on October 5 in Orem, Utah, but now runs all the way to the end of October. MCR will also take the stage at New Orleans’ massive Voodoo Music Experience, held on October 29 and 30 (see “My Chemical Romance, Queens, Bravery Join Voodoo Lineup” ). Anything, they say, to thank their longtime loyalists.
“We’ve always wanted to give something back to our fans, and to play the kind of shows we know they want to see,” Way said. “And we really think this tour is exactly that.”
The new dates for My Chemical Romance’s fall tour, according to Reprise Records:
- 10/7 – Birmingham, AL @ Boutwell Auditorium
- 10/8 – Duluth, GA @ Arena at Gwinnett Center
- 10/9 – Tampa, FL @ Plaza at Ford Amphitheatre
- 10/10 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
- 10/11 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
- 10/12 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
- 10/13 – East Rutherford, @ NJ Theatre at Continental Airlines Arena
- 10/14 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center
- 10/15 – Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
- 10/16 – Hartford, CT @ CT Expo Center
- 10/21 – Baltimore, MD @ UMBC RAC Arena
- 10/29-30 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans City Park (Voodoo Music Experience)