The Black Parade Is Dead!

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The Black Parade Is Dead!
Live album by My Chemical Romance
Released July 1, 2008
Recorded October 7 and 24, 2007
Length 56:15 (CD)
124:31 (DVD)
Label Reprise
My Chemical Romance chronology
Live and Rare
(2007)
The Black Parade Is Dead!
(2008)
The Black Parade: The B-Sides
(2009)
Limited edition
Limited edition box set
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
BBC (positive) [2]
IGN (8.6/10) [3]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[citation needed]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [4]
Thrash Hits 6/6 stars [5]

The Black Parade Is Dead! is a CD/DVD from My Chemical Romance. It is the band's second live album, and was released on June 30, 2008.[6]

Background[edit]

The DVD features My Chemical Romance's final performance as "The Black Parade" from the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico on October 7, 2007 and as "My Chemical Romance" from Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey, on October 24, 2007. Audio tracks of the Palacio de los Deportes performance are available on the CD,[7] and they can be listened to on the band's official MySpace page. The album debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200, selling 23,000 copies.[citation needed] In November 2008, the RIAA certified the album gold.[8]

Synopsis[edit]

The Black Parade Is Dead! is MCR's final performance as their onstage characters, the Black Parade. The Black Parade centres around a dying character called The Patient, who reflects on events in his life while he is confronted by Death in the form of his fondest memory, that of his father bringing him to see a marching band. This is based on frontman Gerard Way's belief that death comes to a person in the form of their fondest memory. The band is seen in their Black Parade uniforms throughout the performance, and during the first song "The End", Gerard Way is seen taking the role of The Patient, before tearing off his hospital gown to reveal his uniform. Behind the band is the backdrop seen on the video for Welcome to the Black Parade and the poster seen within the Black Parade CD case. On Bob Bryar's drums, the gas mask of the character Mother War can be seen. Way states in the track The Black Parade Is Dead! that the performance in Mexico was their way of "properly killing them (the Black Parade) off". The show is decorated with various lights and confetti. Fire is used to effect during the performance of "Mama" and "Famous Last Words". The film ends with a credit sequence featuring the hidden track from The Black Parade, "Blood".

Promotion[edit]

The album's official Web site went online on May 5, 2008 and is open for orders of all the limited and standard editions. Once an order is made, the customer gains access to download three free DRM-free tracks: "Dead!", "Mama", "Welcome to the Black Parade". These tracks were recorded from the band's performance at the Palacio de los Deportes and they are on the album itself.[7] Also, to tie in with the whole finality of the Black Parade's death, the Black Parade website has been changed to a graphic of a flatline.[9]

Editions[edit]

A limited-edition version with all of the album's contents, a death certificate and a mask designed by one of the band's members were also available, but are now sold out. This edition is housed in a coffin-shaped box. There are a total of five masks, one designed by each member, but only one is inside the packaging and is selected randomly.[7] The masks can now be purchased separately or in a group of 4 on the band's website. The album is also available in explicit and clean editions.

¡Venganza![edit]

Main article: ¡Venganza!

In March 2009, the band made an announcement on their official website that they were releasing the encore set from the Mexico City show, in which they came out with Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge style clothing and the stage set up like the Revenge tour, and played nine songs from the album. It came with a vest, and the videos were put onto a special bullet shaped USB flash drive.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by My Chemical Romance.

CD[edit]

From the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico on October 7, 2007
No. Title Length
1. "The End."   2:34
2. "Dead!"   3:17
3. "This Is How I Disappear"   3:51
4. "The Sharpest Lives"   3:18
5. "Welcome to the Black Parade"   5:06
6. "I Don't Love You"   3:47
7. "House of Wolves"   3:38
8. "Interlude"   1:01
9. "Cancer"   3:17
10. "Mama"   5:21
11. "Sleep"   5:31
12. "Teenagers"   3:04
13. "The Black Parade Is Dead"   1:01
14. "Disenchanted"   4:59
15. "Famous Last Words"   5:10
16. "Blood"   1:22
Total length:
56:15

DVD[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
Position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 10
Austrian Albums Chart 24
Canadian Albums Chart 21
French SNEP Albums Chart 120
German Albums Chart 51
Irish Albums Chart 19
Japanese Albums Chart 52
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 6
Mexican Albums Chart 9
Portuguese Albums Chart 40
Spanish Albums Chart 78
Swedish Albums Chart 29
UK Albums Chart 12
U.S. Billboard 200 22

Credits[edit]

My Chemical Romance as The Black Parade
Additional Musicians
Production

Release history[edit]

Country Date
Canada June 30, 2008
United Kingdom
United States July 1, 2008

References[edit]

External links[edit]