My Chemical Romance in Bamboozle 2012
While the Foos were definitely the moment of Bamboozle last night, other highlights included fellow Jersey natives My Chemical Romance, who were this year’s Bamboozle heroes, valiantly stepping in last-minute after Blink 182 had to cancel due to Travis Barker’s emergency tonsillectomy.
“It’s good to be home,” said singer Gerard Way, who grew up with his brother, bassist Mikey Way, in Belleville.
Fans were treated to a dramatic and tight, albeit too brief, set which included a look at Gerard’s new hair color: brown. The band opened with “I’m Not OK (I Promise)” and continued to weave their hits in a gothic tapestry which played nicely even under bright sunlight. The beauty of the band is how Way approaches each song like a Broadway performer. He really can sell a song and tell a story with his facial expressions and body. It’s hard to keep your eyes off him, thus he’s the frontman.
But the band also really delivers live. Especially riveting was a crunching singalong of the glam-rock inspired “Teenagers.” “Welcome To the Black Parade” and the spooky “Mama” were high points as well, and the band tipped their hat to the ghost of Bamboozle past with a reference to their 2005 appearance and the song that closed that show: “Vampires Will Never Hurt You.”