The Black Parade Is Dead!

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The Black Parade Is Dead!
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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)Live and Rare2007
The Black Parade Is Dead!
(2008)
The Black Parade: The B-Sides
(2009)The Black Parade: The B-Sides2009
Limited edition
Limited edition box set
Limited edition box set
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
BBC(positive) [2]
IGN8.6/10 [3]
Kerrang!5/5 stars[citation needed]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars [4]
Thrash Hits6/6 stars [5]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5[6]

The Black Parade Is Dead! is a CD/DVD by American rock band My Chemical Romance. It is the band's second live album, and was released on June 30, 2008.[7]

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,[8] 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.[9]

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."

In October 2014, Gerard Way stated that the untitled track on disc two is called "Someone Out There Loves You." This was via a Reddit AMA reported on by Alternative Press.

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.[8] Also, to tie in with the finality of the Black Parade's death, the Black Parade website has been changed to a graphic of a flatline.[10] The album was made available for streaming on June 29, before being released on July 1.[11]

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.[8] 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]

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.TitleLength
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" (studio recording)1:22
Total length:56:15

DVD[edit]

From the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico on October 7, 2007
No.TitleLength
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" (studio recording)1:22
Total length:56:15
From Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey, on October 24, 2007
No.TitleLength
1."Welcome to the Black Parade"5:11
2."Thank You for the Venom"4:23
3."Dead!"5:05
4."The Sharpest Lives"4:40
5."This Is How I Disappear"3:53
6."Teenagers"4:07
7."I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"4:05
8."You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us In Prison"4:04
9."Famous Last Words"5:08
10."Give 'Em Hell, Kid"2:45
11."House of Wolves"3:42
12."It's Not a Fashion Statement, It's a Fucking Deathwish"4:38
13."I Don't Love You"4:27
14."Untitled" (unreleased track, title is unknown)4:19
15."Mama"4:45
16."Helena"4:54
17."Cancer"2:46
Total length:1:08:16

Personnel[edit]

My Chemical Romance as The Black Parade

Additional musicians

Production

Chart positions[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

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Silver 60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Black Parade Is Dead! at AllMusic
  2. ^ Bruce, Sophie. "BBC - Music - Review of My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade Is Dead". 
  3. ^ Thompson, Ed (July 18, 2008). "My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade is Dead!". IGN. Archived from the original on April 1, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Black Parade is Dead". 
  5. ^ "DVD: My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade Is Dead!". 
  6. ^ "Review: My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade Is Dead! - Sputnikmusic". Retrieved May 3, 2009. 
  7. ^ "My Chemical Romance — The Black Parade Is Dead!". Reprise Records. Archived from the original on 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  8. ^ a b c d "My Chemical Romance to Release Live CD/DVD Set on June 24th". Reprise Records via The Earth Times. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  9. ^ RIAA.com MCR Gold and Platinum recordings
  10. ^ "F L A T L I N E". Reprise Records. Archived from the original on 2006-10-17. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  11. ^ "My Chemical Romance revive the Black Parade temporarily…for streaming purposes". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. June 29, 2008. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  12. ^ "British album certifications – My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade Is Dead!". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter The Black Parade Is Dead! in the search field and then press Enter.

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