My Chemical Romance at Voodoo Fest 10/28/11 (Photos & Review)

Gerard Way
Mikey Way
Ray Toro
Frank Iero

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The Voodoo Experience was the last stop on My Chemical Romance’s 2011 US tour. Their hour long set was a dazzling array of their greatest hits. MCR are experts at being able to command a large stage. In fact, the bigger the stage, the harder they rock. In celebration of Voodoo and Halloween, the band wore medieval costumes that worked well with the red, orange, and yellow lighting. Gerard rightfully fished for positive feedback from the crowd by asking, “Did any other band dress up for you other than the same ‘ol rock ‘n roll shit?” Die-hard MCR fans also noticed that frontman Gerard Way had recently changed his hair color from shocking red to a valiant black color. Closer towards the end of the show, Gerard Way demanded that the stage lights be cut and that the band come in for a huddle. We’ll never know what was discussed, but their energy level increased even more. Gerard had an extra amount of swagger that night as he seductively belted out the “Uh UhUh UhUh” lyrics to the song “Destroyer.” During different moments of the show, Gerard flirtatiously licked his fingers, blew a kiss out into the crowd, and thrashed on the floor. Perhaps spending the summer touring with the boisterous guys of Blink 182 has inspired Gerard to ham it up even more than usual. MCR put on an enthusiastic show at Voodoo and sounded better than ever.
SETLIST
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
Give ‘Em Hell, Kid
Planetary (GO!)
The Kids From Yesterday
Famous Last Words
Teenagers
I’m Not Okay (I Promise)
Our Lady of Sorrows
Mama
The Only Hope for Me Is You
Helena
DESTROYA
S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W
Welcome to the Black Parade

 

 

 

Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance @ DTE 09/09/2011 (Photos and Review)

My Chemical Romance played a strong set Sunday night at DTE, but lead singer, Gerard Way, had his top moment when performing “First Date” with Blink 182 in order to give Tom Delonge some time to rest his voice due to a nasty cold. After the song, it was evident Gerard was thrilled to have gotten a chance to perform with Blink 182. It was great to see. Matt & Kim also got to perform with Blink 182. Well…Matt sang while Kim did some fun hump-dancing and beer drinking. The guys from Blink 182 were not afraid afraid to show their goofball sides by throwing out mischievous sex quips and other funny comments like bantering about how the night’s setlist didn’t properly say the correct song-it just said “Gerard”. This led to Blink 182 commenting the rest of the night about how “f***ing good looking” Gerard is and labeling him a “Dreamboat.” Indeed he is-an extremely talented one!

Blink 182 sounded great especially considering Tom Delonge’s illness. The stage lighting was modern, colorful and changed constantly into interesting patterns. One of the main highlights occurred during the first song of the Encore. A large hand-like contraption lifted Travis Barker and his drums off the stage and slowly maneuvered him around the amphitheater as Travis Performed his solo “Give the Drummer Some.” This part of the show must have cost the band a small fortune but it was worth it. During this moment it was impossible not to remember that only a few ago Barker survived a terrible plane crash. To see him pounding away on those drums is a wonderful and remarkable thing. I also took a second to remember DJ AM who struggled in life after surviving the crash. All in all, it was a great night made complete by the performances of all three acts.

My Chemical Romance Setlist

  1. (Noise jam)
  2. (Reworked version)
  3. Blink 182 Setlist