The Black Parade World Tour
|The Black Parade World Tour|
|Tour by My Chemical Romance|
|Associated album||The Black Parade|
|Start date||February 22, 2007|
|End date||May 9, 2008|
|Shows||73 in North America
38 in Europe
9 in Asia
6 in Oceania
7 in South America
133 in total
|My Chemical Romance tour chronology|
The Black Parade World Tour was a concert tour to support and celebrate My Chemical Romance's third album The Black Parade. The tour featured 133 performances worldwide, as well as several festival and condensed shows. The tour is the longest and most internationally comprehensive headlining tour that the band has played to date, featuring three legs in North America, one leg in Europe and one in Asia, Australia and South America. During the tour, the band's drummer Bob Bryar suffered several different medical issues and towards the tour's end, took a hiatus to allow himself to heal and returned for the final few shows of the tour, while bass player Mikey Way also took a hiatus to marry his fianceé and spend time with her before going onto the road. A concert was filmed at the performance in Mexico City from the tour, which was released as a part of the CD/DVD set The Black Parade Is Dead!. The CD features the audio from the concert, and the DVD contains both the Mexico concert and another in New Jersey later in the same month.
Rise Against was the support act on the first leg of the tour in the United States, which began February 22, 2007 in Manchester, New Hampshire, and ended on March 16 in Reno, Nevada. The band then took the show to Europe with bands Thursday and Funeral for a Friend. The band then returned to North America for more shows in the US with Muse and The Bled. The band performed the full show on two more occasions in May and June 2007. The band then embarked on the 2007 Projekt Revolution tour, with a new set and production. However, beginning in October 2007, the band resumed the production of The Black Parade tour for dates in Mexico, Europe, and Australia. Pop Shuvit was the opening act for the concert in Kuala Lumpur as well as two other shows in the Asian leg of the tour.
James Dewees, of Reggie and the Full Effect was the keyboardist for the tour and appears in costume like the other five members, which led some to believe he became a permanent member of the band, although he did not appear in the My Chemical Romance portion of the show, only The Black Parade set.
To signal that the band was nearing the end of touring for the album, The Black Parade, the concert in Mexico City was filmed of a live DVD entitled The Black Parade Is Dead!, which was released July 1, 2008.
 Tour supports
Support for the tour during the first USA length came from Rise Against and Thursday, whilst on parts of the European tour LostAlone and Funeral for a Friend supported on some dates, as did Rise Against and Thursday, The Automatic were originally rumoured to be playing some UK dates with the band however instead went on to tour the USA on Warped Tour, Muse supported on the next leg of the USA tour, as did Billy Talent on several dates, except for the last two where they were replaced by Taking Back Sunday. For the Australian leg of the tour, Circa Survive supported My Chemical Romance, as well as now broken-up alternative band The Getaway Plan.
Throughout the tour, three members of the band missed certain concerts as a result of various reasons. From April 18, 2007 until August 31, 2007, Matt Cortez filled in for Mikey Way on bass. Way left the tour after he married his fiancée, Alicia. For the concerts in Mexico onwards, Mikey rejoined the band. Following the November 11 show in Newcastle, it was announced that Frank Iero had left the tour to return home after learning about a family member's illness. For the remainder of the UK and international dates, Matt Cortez filled in for Iero. Bob Bryar also had to retire from the tour prior to the start of the UK dates, after persistent wrist pains became worse and he was unable to play the shows. Bob did however travel with the band for the remainder of the tour, assisting with the pyrotechnics. He was replaced by "a friend of ours named Pete who plays in another band, who has asked us kindly not to say the name", according to Gerard Way. Bryar then returned to the tour from the group's performance in Vietnam on January 20, 2008.
The band's stage show includes a range of theatrical elements. As the concert begins, the lights are darkened, and a large curtain secludes the stage from view. Then, lead singer Gerard Way is wheeled out in front of the curtain on a hospital gurney, complete with faux IV, and sings the opening track of The Black Parade, "The End." When the loud, blasting chorus chimes in, the singer's hospital gown is ripped off, revealing his black marching band uniform. Then the curtain is opened to reveal the remainder of the band, also in full costume. These costumes are different from the original ones designed by Colleen Atwood for the band, as they are all streamlined and look the same, whereas the previous outfits were higher quality and unique to each member of the band. The rest of the show includes fog, confetti cannons, stage mounted spotlights, "boom cannons" and the band's first use of pyrotechnics in a show. After finishing the entire album in order, the band returns for an encore of older material. The stage setup for the encore is the band's old Revenge logo.
The stage during the Black Parade mimics album artwork. The stage is set up exactly like an image from the artwork featuring the band and all the characters, with curtains with a starry design on the left and right, a large city skyline backdrop (from the "Welcome to the Black Parade" music video), and a large house structure. Bob Bryar's drums are set up on a large rotating platform, which features two kits in different setups and different designs on the bass drum. On the left side of the stage is a small platform which houses a spotlight Gerard uses between the second and third choruses of Teenagers. On the opposite side is James Dewees's keyboards. Huge black curtains are opened at the beginning of the show and remain drawn back during the performances. Finally, a clock hangs at the roof of the stage, although it is only for decoration and is not used during the show.
The band's performance is divided into two parts. First, they perform The Black Parade album from start to finish as the Black Parade; in the costumes worn in the music videos from the album. Following this, the band takes an intermission break to change into regular clothing, while the recording of their song "Blood" is played. The band then returns and plays songs from their previous albums as My Chemical Romance.
- Set one: The Black Parade
- "The End."
- "This is How I Disappear"
- "The Sharpest Lives"
- "Welcome to the Black Parade"
- "I Don't Love You"
- "House of Wolves"
- "Famous Last Words"
- Set two: Encores
- "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
- "It's Not a Fashion Statement, It's a Fucking Deathwish"
- "Cemetery Drive"
- "The Ghost of You"
- "Give 'Em Hell, Kid"
- "Thank You for the Venom"
- "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us In Prison"
The encore set for the later legs of the tour was shortened. The B-side, originally intended for The Black Parade album, "Heaven Help Us", was also performed at a few select shows. Also, the songs "Desert Song", "Kill All Your Friends" and "My Way Home Is Through You" were performed during the fifth leg. During the end of the fourth leg and fifth leg, two new songs were performed.
 Tour dates
 First leg: United States – 2007
|February 22||Manchester, New Hampshire||Verizon Wireless Arena|
|February 23||Uniondale, New York||Nassau Coliseum|
|February 24||Hartford, Connecticut||New England Dodge Music Center|
|February 25||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Liacouras Center|
|February 26||Cleveland, Ohio||Wolstein Center|
|February 28||Detroit, Michigan||Joe Louis Arena|
|March 1||Chicago, Illinois||Allstate Arena|
|March 2||Topeka, Kansas||Kansas Expocentre|
|March 3||Lincoln, Nebraska||Pershing Center|
|March 4||Denver, Colorado||Magness Arena|
|March 6||West Valley City, Utah||E Center|
|March 7||Las Vegas, Nevada||Orleans Arena|
|March 9||Glendale, Arizona||Jobing.com Arena|
|March 10||Los Angeles, California||The Forum|
|March 11||Anaheim, California||Anaheim Convention Center|
|March 13||San Diego, California||iPay One Center|
|March 14||Fresno, California||Selland Arena|
|March 15||Oakland, California||Oracle Arena|
|March 16||Reno, Nevada||Lawlor Convention Center|
 Second leg: Europe – 2007
|March 20||Plymouth||United Kingdom||Plymouth Pavilions|
|March 21||Brighton||United Kingdom||Brighton Centre|
|March 22||Birmingham||United Kingdom||Birmingham NIA|
|March 24||Manchester||United Kingdom||Manchester Evening News Arena|
|March 25||Cardiff||United Kingdom||Cardiff International Arena|
|March 26||Nottingham||United Kingdom||Nottingham Arena|
|March 27||Glasgow||United Kingdom||Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre|
|March 29||London||United Kingdom||Wembley Arena|
|March 30||London||United Kingdom||Wembley Arena|
|April 4||Paris||France||Élysée Montmartre*|
|April 9||Malmö||Sweden||Baltiska Hallen*|
|April 10||Copenhagen||Denmark||KB Hallen*|
|The band also played at KOKO, London on April 2, as an exclusive Radio 1 private gig, for ticket winners only. The last six shows on this leg, in Germany, France, Sweden, and Denmark, were stripped down shows that featured an abridged setlist and no theatrics (these dates are indicated in green with an asterisk*).|
 Fifth leg: Asia, North America, and South America – 2008
|January 20||Ho Chi Minh City||Vietnam||QK7 Stadium|
|January 22||Seoul||South Korea||Olympic Hall|
|January 25||Manila||Philippines||Fort Bonifacio Open Field-Taguig|
|January 27||Taipei||Taiwan||NTU Arena|
|January 29||Chek Lap Kok||Hong Kong||AsiaWorld-Expo|
|January 31||Jakarta||Indonesia||Jakarta Convention Center|
|February 12||Bogotá||Colombia||Simón Bolívar Park - Cancelled|
|February 15||Rio de Janeiro||Brasil||Vivo Rio|
|February 18||São Paulo||Brasil||Via Funchal|
|February 19||São Paulo||Brasil||Via Funchal|
|February 22||Buenos Aires||Argentina||Estadio Ricardo Etcheverry|
|February 24||Santiago de Chile||Chile||Arena Santiago|
|February 27||Caracas||Venezuela||Poliedro de Caracas|
|March 28||Tempe||Arizona||Tempe Beach Park Amphitheater|
|March 29||Tucson||Arizona||The Rialto Theatre|
|March 30||Las Vegas||Nevada||The Joint|
|March 31||Las Vegas||Nevada||The Joint|
|April 2||San Jose||California||San Jose Civic Auditorium|
|April 3||San Francisco||California||The Warfield|
|April 4||San Francisco||California||The Warfield|
|April 8||Portland||Oregon||Crystal Ballroom|
|April 9||Portland||Oregon||Crystal Ballroom|
|April 11||Magna||Utah||The Great Salt Air Theatre|
|April 12||Mexico City||Mexico||Zero Fest|
|April 14||Denver||Colorado||The Fillmore Auditorium|
|April 15||Kansas City||Kansas||Memorial Hall|
|April 17||Chicago||Illinois||Congress Theater|
|April 18||Chicago||Illinois||Congress Theater|
|April 19||Detroit||Michigan||The Fillmore @ State Theatre|
|April 20||Detroit||Michigan||The Fillmore @ State Theatre|
|April 22||Cleveland||Ohio||The Agora Theatre|
|April 24||New Orleans||Louisiana||House of Blues New Orleans|
|April 25||Baton Rouge||Louisiana||X-Fest @ Baton Rouge River Center|
|April 26||Woodlands||Texas||The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion|
|April 27||Frisco||Texas||Pizza Hut Park|
|April 28||Austin||Texas||Stubbs Amphitheatre|
|April 30||Birmingham||Alabama||Sloss Furnaces|
|May 2||Memphis||Tennessee||Beale St. Festival|
|May 3||St. Louis||Missouri||The Pagaent|
|May 4||Columbus||Ohio||Lifestyle Communities Pavilion|
|May 6||Philadelphia||Pennsylvania||Electric Factory|
|May 7||Philadelphia||Pennsylvania||Electric Factory|
|May 9||New York City||New York||Madison Square Garden|