The Parade Begins: My Chemical Romance Announce U.S. Tour Dates

Trek kicks off February 22 in Manchester, New Hampshire; Rise Against and Muse named openers on different legs.

For a band that released one of 2006′s most ambitious and anticipated LPs — the concept album The Black Parade — My Chemical Romance didn’t tour much this past year. Aside from scattered strings of dates and the occasional rock radio-station-sponsored holiday concert, the Garden State post-hardcore luminaries spent much of their promotional time overseas, playing for fans in Europe.

But MCR’s American fans weren’t being ignored — they were just expected to be a little patient, with the promise that yes, Gerard Way and company would be returning to the road in 2007. Well, it appears My Chemical Romance are indeed a band of their word.

Starting in late February, the long wait will be over. With Rise Against along for the ride, My Chemical Romance will launch the first leg of their tour on February 22 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Seventeen dates have been scheduled thus far, running through March 16 in Reno, Nevada.

According to the band’s management, additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks — and the next batch will feature openers Muse. News of the tour follows the release of the video for “Famous Last Words,” the second single from The Black Parade, which has sold more than 550,000 copies since its release two months ago (see “Hannah Montana Rains On My Chemical Romance’s Parade ).

The trek will also lead the band into its headlining slot at this year’s Bamboozle festival, which will be held May 5-6 at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. MCR will close out the fest’s first night, while Linkin Park have been tapped to wrap up the second (see “My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park, Surprise ‘Idol’ To Rock Bamboozle ’07″ ).

For more on the making of MCR’s The Black Parade, check out “A Night at the Opera With My Chemical Romance.”

My Chemical Romance tour dates, according to the band’s management:

» 2/22 – Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
» 2/23 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
» 2/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Liacouras Center
» 2/26 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center at CSU
» 2/28 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
» 3/1 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
» 3/3 – Lincoln, NE @ Pershing Center
» 3/4 – Denver, CO @ Magness Arena
» 3/6 – Salt Lake City, UT @ EnergySolutions Arena
» 3/7 – Las Vegas, NV @ Orleans Arena
» 3/9 – Glendale, AZ @ Jobing.com Arena
» 3/10 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
» 3/11 – Anaheim, CA @ Anaheim Convention Center
» 3/13 – San Diego, CA @ ipayOne Center at the Sports Arena
» 3/14 – Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
» 3/15 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
» 3/16 – Reno, NV @ Lawlor Events Center