I remember my first My Chemical Romance concert. It wasn't too long ago actually, just last April (so technically it would be pretty hard to forget). I was stuck at the back of the crowd. But despite being so far away from the stage I thought I was right up next to it since they perform with so much energy and connect with every single member of the audience.
The guys of My Chemical Romance have such an amazing stage presence that can fill small clubs -like where I saw them last- and huge amphitheatres like Usana, where they performed this Saturday.
It was intresting to see the diffrence between the audiences that Blink-182, Rancid, and My Chemical Romance brought in. Rancid seemed to have an older punk fans, while MCR's audience consisted of mostly teenagers and young adults, and Blink fans fell somewhere in the middle.
Rancid was an excellent opening for Blink and MCR. They had everyone in the audience tapping their feet and bobbing their heads.
After Rancid it was MCR's turn to take the stage. The set-up didn't take too long and the stage was ready in about 10 minutes.
Suddenly, film reel began to show on the giant screen above the stage, and the crowd went wild, and when the band took the stage, the crowd screamed even louder.
The band opened with "Na Na Na" which they played with tons of energy and vigor, and they kept up the energy throughout the entire night. Ray and Frank ripped though solo after solo. Mikey was confident and steady on the bass, and Gerard powered through every song with nearly flawless vocals.
After "Na Na Na" they played "I'm Not Okay", a crowd pleaser, and one of my favorite songs too. I even took a few breaks between taking pictures to sing along.
Throughout the rest of their performance the played quite a few songs from Danger Days. "The Only Hope For Me Is You" and "Planetary (GO!)" had the crowd going crazy, dancing and singing along,
They also played a few of the classics from Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge and The Black Parade like "Teenagers", "Give 'Em Hell Kid", and "Helena".
Some songs I hadn't heard live before were "Kids From Yesterday", which you could tell was a favorite of the band because they played it so intensely, and "S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W" one of my personal favorites. It was intresting to see how the guitar sounds changed without the production effects and how they worked sound effects from the album into their live performance.
"We love being in Salt Lake City," Gerard said between songs."It's such a beautiful place with beautiful people," He gestured to the sun setting behind the back row of seats. "This is one of the most beautiful settings we've played on tour." It's nice to see the band appreciate our city, because up until a year or two ago Utah wasn't a big destination for touring musicians, so it's awesome to see big names like My Chemical Romance and Blink-182 visit our state.
"We almost couln't be here tonight," Gerard also said. They had to find a replacement drummer for their former touring drummer Michael Pedicone over the course of a few short days. The man they found for the job; Jarrod Alexander from Death By Stereo, fit in well with the band. There weren't any noticable diffrences in rhythm. "I think he's (drummer) number 8," Gerard joked to the crowd.
My Chemical Romance finished their set with "Cancer". The crowd sang along and brought sort of a raw power to the stage, even though it was just Gerard and keyboardist, James Dewees, on stage. It was sort of a sudden ending, but a nice one since they played such a distinct, fan-favorite song.
My Chemical Romance is a band with such spectacular stage presence and energy that they deliever all the dedicated fans and Killjoys an unforgettable night, whether they're at the front of the barricade or the back row of seats.
This time, once again and as always, My Chemical Romance delivered.