It’s time for My Chemical Romance!
Pull this pin, let this world explode! Let’s blow an artery! I’ll be your detonator! Gimme more, gimme more gimme more! … Whatever way they say it, My Chemical Romance’s return to Big Day Out is going to be explosive.
“Set openers don’t come much more high octane than Na Na Na followed by I’m Not OK. It makes you wonder if they’ve got enough in the tank to sustain a full set. Seems they do: MCR are close to the top of their game, a finely tuned machine that veer between frenetic and anthemic and frequently combine both, giving the MCRmy exactly what they want.” (NME, August 2011)
They broke out of the Jersey punk underground with 2002 debut I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, then 2004’s Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge,before heightening the drama with 2006’s game-changing rock opera The Black Parade.Just when fans thought they couldn’t take it any further, 2010’s Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys created a whole new world – a dystopian, disco-punk future where life is short, cars are fast, and where a raised voice is a lost soul’s best defence.
“My Chemical Romance wielded sonic superpowers … MCR proved there’s hope for rock’n’roll with Danger Days, and with more live shows like this they could save the world…There’s nothing more super than that.” (Artist Direct, November 2010)
As if they needed any more endorsement, in 2011 My Chemical Romance were blessed with such cultural honours as having their tune Sing performed on Glee, being accused of spreading propaganda by right-wing TV guy Glenn Beck, and being joined by legendary Queen guitarist Brian May on stage at Reading.
Still, no matter how much changes for singer Gerard Way, guitarists Frank Iero and Ray Toro and bassist Mikey Way, one thing remains true – their legion of dedicated followers. As The Guardian put it:
“The bond between the New Jersey pop-metalists and their fans is one of those phenomena that outsiders just don’t get.”
“They slayed, they dominated, they annihilated and controlled. MCR know they can veer in whatever direction they like and within a few seconds they’ll own everyone again.” (Rock Sound, October 2010)
As much theatre as live rock show, the My Chemical Romance experience is perhaps summed up best in their song Planetary (Go!):
“If my velocity starts to make you sweat, then just don’t let go, and if their heaven ain’t got a vacancy, then we just, then we just, then we just … Then we just get up and go!” That velocity will be in full effect at Big Day Out 2012.