The legendary My Chemical Romance played the second of two Brooklyn, NY arena shows at Barclays Center on Sunday, September 11th as part of their reunion tour.
Fans had anxiously awaited this day for almost a decade, as the band broke up in 2013 before announcing their reunion in 2019 and a worldwide reunion tour in 2020 – which was postponed to 2022 due to the pandemic.
The band’s setlist has changed each night of the tour with one constant: the bands newest release and first single in nearly a decade “The Foundations of Decay” (released this past May) has continuously been their opening song. Lead guitarist Ray Toro, rhythm guitarist Frank Iero, and bassist Mikey Way all took the stage before vocalist Gerard Way followed suit – dressed in a button-down shirt, dad cap, and black sunglasses.
It was eerie to be across the water from where the towers had fallen 21-years before; the tragedy inspiring vocalist Gerard Way to start MCR after he witnessed the day firsthand and knew that he wanted to make the world a better place through music. The band remembered the tragedy and all that was lost as they performed “Skylines and Turnstiles” which was the band’s debut single in 2002.
The crowd of emo fans in the sea of black screamed as the band followed up with “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” – a favorite at Emo Night dance parties everywhere.
MCR continued their 20-song setlist with eight tracks from their 2004 album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge including “Thank You for the Venom,” “The Ghost of You,” “Hang ‘Em High,” and possibly the band’s most well-known track “Helena.”
The bands best-selling album The Black Parade also got a shoutout as the band played four tracks from the successful LP: “Mama,” “Famous Last Words,” “Welcome to the Black Parade,” and “Teenagers.”
My Chemical Romance’s encore was too short for fans who did not want the night to end, as the band finished with 2002’s “Vampires Will Never Hurt You” and a track the band has not performed live since 2008 – “Desert Song.”