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Concert Reviews:
My Chemical Romance Rocks, Even In "Parade" Rest

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, December 15, 2006

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DETROIT -- My Chemical Romance was on "Parade" rest Thursday night at Cobo Arena.

The New Jersey modern rock quintet is planning a highly theatrical tour in 2007 to support its hot new concept album, "The Black Parade," a consensus choice as one of 2006's best releases. But at Cobo, where the group headlined the annual The Night 89X Stole Christmas extravaganza, MCR stashed "The Black Parade's" marching band uniforms and stuck to what brought them this far -- being a loud rock band that reeks of teen spirit, of the angsty variety.

In that regard, MCR's 55-minute, 13-song set was an appetizer for next year's presumably meatier meal. But it had the 12,000 or so fans who packed Cobo screaming at volumes usually reserved for the trendiest pop heroes, and the group reciprocated with an energetic performance hampered only by muddy sound.

And because it came at the end of a five-and-a-half-hour show, there were a significant number of attendees weary enough to depart after MCR played its latest hit, "Welcome to the Black Parade."

Nevertheless, the band was tight and clearly jazzed to be playing -- and particularly stoked that the Cobo crowd was singing along not only to the single but also to "Black Parade" tracks such as "The End," "Dead!," "This is How I Disappear" and the anthems "Teenagers" and "Famous Last Words." Abetted by a keyboard player and all dressed in on-matching black outfits, MCR dished out nine songs from "The Black Parade," reaching back only for fan favorites such as "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" and the Top 40 hit "Helena (So Long & Goodnight)," as well as the album tracks "Cemetery Drive" and "Thank You For the Venom."

It was a raw, bare-bones display, the kind of show we're not likely to see MCR do again for quite some time. It certainly won't be the last we see of them, but it may be the last time we see them this way -- and because of that may for some live up to Way's stated desire to "be one of those shows you remember the rest of your life."

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