My Chemical Romance live in Cornwall: giddy, carefree rock’n’roll

“How have the past two and a half years been for you?” Gerard Way asks the crowd at Cornwall’s Eden Project. It was the only moment in the 21-song set that kicked off their global reunion tour met with groans. “We’re here – that’s all I can say,” he continued. “And I am so happy to be able to be with all of you today. Let’s play some damn rock music. ”

The last time My Chemical Romance screened a show in the UK, it was the catchy title, which silenced their critics, was booked at the 2011 Reading & Leeds Festival. Several shows appeared the following year before the group. emotional announced their disbandment in early 2013, exhausted from years of touring along with struggles with mental health and addiction. All four members have continued to release solo projects, but Mikey Way and Ray Toro have never even toured. Only Frank Iero is a streamer of any kind with regularity – and even that leads to a bus crash that nearly kills him.

So when the band announced a one-off reunion in 2020, fans didn’t know what to expect. Previous hopes were dashed in makeover collections and anniversary reissues, so despite hints of new music through the cinematic tour trailer, the nature of The My Chemical Romance reunion has been a mystery for over two years now, thanks to the COVID enforced delay. After tonight, it’s clear this comeback isn’t about nostalgia or making a quick buck from a ’00s revival. Instead, the show lives up to the band’s legacy, which isn’t precious about it. as the band happily kicks off their own into a new era.

An oppressive ruckus filled the PA before their opening song proved to be the live debut of their new track ‘The Foundations Of Decay’. The moody themes of self-destruction and its fear are reflected in the apocalyptic wasteland displayed on stage, and the band cuts a cherished shape, all caps, hats hood and dry bandages. For a moment it looked like the show was going to lean towards the pain of the past, but then the four members (plus two members on tour) kicked off the fan’s successful ‘Helena’ Ray Toro’s beaming smile can be seen as he looks over his bandmates. What followed was 100 minutes of fun watching the band have their time without a care in the world.

Over the course of 21 tracks, they play alt-rock classics like ‘I’m Not Okay’, ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ and ‘Teenagers’ with the same level of excitement they always have, The first cut album ‘Our Lady Of Sorrows’ was updated with an epic guitar riff while songs from the scrapped 2012 album “Conventional Weapons” were released live. My Chemical Romance has evolved with each record, but tonight, that catalog of four comeback albums come together to create the ultimate rock’n’roll party.

This is perhaps the most stripped-down comeback performance the band has toured since its early days. The cartoon costumes and complicated stories are long gone (for now, at least), but the show never lacked drama. Songs like “Na Na Na” and “Mama” can have all the brilliance of a West End show, while the disco dancing of “Summertime” and the progressive pop of “The Kids From Yesterday” give see the glitchy side of the MCR, but the show sees them return to their roots.

However, things were different this time. Iero’s time as the lead in his own band has given him a lot of confidence, in addition to the growling backing vocals on songs like “You Know What They Do To.” Guys Like Us In Prison”. And ‘Vampire Money’ sees all three guitarists tumbling across the stage to goofy goofs, in climactic breakdown.

As for Way: he’s the only one having more fun than the energetic, vocal crowd – talking to them about not knowing what to do with his hair (he eventually decided on a ponytail) “bullshit”), asked them if they wanted to discuss government (boo) or Peppa Pig (cheers) before declaring “There is no agenda here, we are just here to play .” Elsewhere, he answered calls and turned on the mic with a grin. “It’s not my job. For all you know, he turned everything upside down and I just sang like shit. “It was a fun, carefree performance.

That’s surprising, because there’s a lot going on tonight. There’s a global audience watching on social media, and when Way asked, “Whose first concert was that?”, the majority of the audience had never seen the band before. During his departure, My Chemical Romance grew from a divisive cult concern into a group capable of selling out stadiums and inspiring a new generation of bands including Creeper, Cassyette and the Waterparks .

They are now safely one of the biggest rock groups to emerge from the past 20 years but if the band is worried about the status of their newfound formation, they won’t show it. Tonight’s show is fearless, loose and rough. It really feels like anything could happen, given the rebellious and ambitiously playful My Chemical Romance channel. “This is so special and amazing,” Way said, saying it right out of our mouths.

My Chemical Romance Eden performing at Cornwall’s Eden Project. Credit: Frances Beach for NME

My romantic chemistry played:

‘The Foundation of Decline’


‘For’ Em Hell, Kid ‘

‘Clean the room!!!!’


‘This is how I disappeared’

‘You know what they do to people like us in prison’

‘Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)’

‘Famous Last Words’

‘Surrender The Night’



‘Women suffer’

‘Vampire Money’

‘Thank You For The Venom’


‘Welcome to the Black Parade’


‘Divide Boy’

‘I’m not fine (I promise)’

‘Children from yesterday’ My Chemical Romance live in Cornwall: giddy, carefree rock’n’roll

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