The Black Parade World Tour

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The Black Parade World
Tour by My Chemical Romance
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Associated album The Black Parade
Start date February 22, 2007
End date May 9, 2008
Legs 6
No. of shows 73 in North America
38 in Europe
9 in Asia
6 in Oceania
7 in South America
133 in total
My Chemical Romance concert chronology
Mikey Way, bassist, dressed in The Black Parade costume.
In most of the concerts there was extensive use of pyrotechnics, particularly during "Mama" and "Famous Last Words".

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.

Background[edit]

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[edit]

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[1] 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.

Absences[edit]

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.

Theatrics[edit]

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.

Stage[edit]

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.

Setlist[edit]

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
  1. "The End."
  2. "Dead!"
  3. "This is How I Disappear"
  4. "The Sharpest Lives"
  5. "Welcome to the Black Parade"
  6. "I Don't Love You"
  7. "House of Wolves"
  8. "Cancer"
  9. "Mama"
  10. "Sleep"
  11. "Teenagers"
  12. "Disenchanted"
  13. "Famous Last Words"
  14. "Blood"
Set two: Encores
  1. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
  2. "It's Not a Fashion Statement, It's a Fucking Deathwish"
  3. "Cemetery Drive"
  4. "The Ghost of You"
  5. "Give 'Em Hell, Kid"
  6. "Thank You for the Venom"
  7. "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us In Prison"
  8. "Helena"

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[edit]

The band also played at KOKO, London on April 2, as an exclusive Radio 1 private gig, for ticket winners only.

The band also played EdgeFest in Dallas, Texas on April 15, Universal's Grad Bash in Orlando, Florida from April 20 to April 21, followed by The Bamboozle Music Festival on May 5 in New Jersey, and Virgin Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 20. By embarking upon the Projekt Revolution tour with Linkin Park, it appeared that the band had completed the tour, however after finishing Projekt Revolution, the band returned to the production and stage setup of this tour for two shows in Mexico in October 2007, later to be extended again.

Date City Country Venue
North America
February 22, 2007 Manchester United States Verizon Wireless Arena
February 23, 2007 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
February 24, 2007 Hartford New England Dodge Music Center
February 25, 2007 Philadelphia Liacouras Center
February 26, 2007 Cleveland Wolstein Center
February 28, 2007 Detroit Joe Louis Arena
March 1, 2007 Rosemont Allstate Arena
March 2, 2007 Topeka Kansas Expocentre
March 3, 2007 Lincoln Pershing Center
March 4, 2007 Denver Magness Arena
March 6, 2007 West Valley City E Center
March 7, 2007 Las Vegas Orleans Arena
March 9, 2007 Glendale Jobing.com Arena
March 10, 2007 Inglewood The Forum
March 11, 2007 Anaheim Anaheim Convention Center
March 13, 2007 San Diego iPay One Center
March 14, 2007 Fresno Selland Arena
March 15, 2007 Oakland Oracle Arena
March 16, 2007 Reno Lawlor Convention Center
Europe
March 20, 2007 Plymouth England Plymouth Pavilions
March 21, 2007 Brighton Brighton Centre
March 22, 2007 Birmingham National Indoor Arena
March 24, 2007 Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena
March 25, 2007 Cardiff Wales Cardiff International Arena
March 26, 2007 Nottingham England Nottingham Arena
March 27, 2007 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
March 29, 2007 London England Wembley Arena
March 30, 2007
April 1, 2007 Dublin Ireland Royal Dublin Society
April 3, 2007 Cologne Germany Palladium1
April 4, 2007 Paris France Élysée Montmartre1
April 6, 2007 Berlin Germany Columbiahalle1
April 7, 2007 Hamburg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle1
April 9, 2007 Malmö Sweden Baltiska Hallen1
April 10, 2007 Copenhagen Denmark K.B. Hallen1
North America
April 14, 2007 Houston United States Reliant Arena
April 15, 2007 Frisco Pizza Hut Park
April 16, 2007 San Antonio AT&T Center
April 18, 2007 Pensacola Pensacola Civic Center
April 19, 2007 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum
April 22, 2007 Sunrise BankAtlantic Center
April 24, 2007 Duluth Arena at Gwinnett Center
April 25, 2007 Nashville Nashville Municipal Auditorium
April 26, 2007 Charlotte Cricket Arena
April 27, 2007 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
April 28, 2007 Williamsburg William & Mary Hall
April 29, 2007 State College Bryce Jordan Center2
May 1, 2007 Columbus Nationwide Arena2
May 2, 2007 Pittsburgh Petersen Events Center2
May 3, 2007 Glens Falls Glens Falls Civic Center2
May 4, 2007 Reading Sovereign Center2
May 5, 2007 East Rutherford The Bamboozle
May 6, 2007 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center2
May 8, 2007 Worcester DCU Center
May 9, 2007 Montreal Canada Bell Centre
May 10, 2007 Ottawa Scotiabank Place
May 11, 2007 Toronto Air Canada Centre
May 12, 2007 London John Labatt Centre
May 15, 2007 Winnipeg MTS Centre
May 16, 2007 Saskatoon Credit Union Centre
May 17, 2007 Edmonton Rexall Place
May 18, 2007 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome
May 20, 2007 Vancouver Virgin Festival
May 21, 2007 Seattle United States WaMu Theatre
May 22, 2007 Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum
"World Tour" – Asia, Europe, Mexico and Australia
May 29, 2007 Tokyo Japan Nippon Budokan
June 1, 2007 Nürburg Germany Rock am Ring
June 2, 2007 Nuremberg Rock im Park
June 3, 2007 Prague Czech Republic T-Mobile Arena
June 5, 2007 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
June 8, 2007 Castle Donington England Download Festival
June 11, 2007 Saint Petersburg Russia Ice Palace
June 13, 2007 Moscow Luzhniki Palace of Sports
June 15, 2007 Venice Italy Heineken Jammin' Festival
June 16, 2007 Nickelsdorf Austria Nova Rock Festival
June 17, 2007 London England Wembley Stadium
June 19, 2007 Paris France Zénith de Paris
June 20, 2007 Bordeaux Le Krakatoa
June 22, 2007 Bilbao Spain Bilbao BBK Live
June 23, 2007 Madrid Metrorock (summer festival)
June 24, 2007 Lisbon Portugal Coliseu dos Recreios
June 26, 2007 Barcelona Spain Razzmatazz (concert venue)
June 28, 2007 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter
June 30, 2007 Arendal Norway Hove Festival
July 1, 2007 Gothenburg Sweden Pier Pressure
July 3, 2007 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Ice Hall
July 4, 2007 Dresden Germany Ostragehege
July 6, 2007 Roskilde Denmark Roskilde Festival
July 7, 2007 Kinross Scotland T in the Park
July 8, 2007 County Kildare Ireland Oxegen
October 4, 2007 Monterrey Mexico Auditorio Coca-Cola
October 7, 2007 Mexico City Palacio de los Deportes
October 30, 2007 Bratislava Slovakia ŠH Pasienky
November 2, 2007 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
November 3, 2007 Milan Italy Palasharp
November 4, 2007 Zürich Switzerland Eulachhalle
November 6, 2007 Brussels Belgium Les Halles de Schaerbeek
November 7, 2007 Luxembourg Luxembourg Den Atelier
November 8, 2007 Düsseldorf Germany Philipshalle
November 11, 2007 Newcastle England Metro Radio Arena
November 12, 2007 Aberdeen Scotland Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
November 13, 2007 Sheffield England Hallam FM Arena
November 15, 2007 London The O2 Arena
November 17, 2007 Belfast Northern Ireland King's Hall
November 28, 2007 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
November 30, 2007 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
December 1, 2007 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
December 3, 2007 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
December 6, 2007 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
December 9, 2007 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Stadium Merdeka
December 11, 2007 Singapore Singapore Singapore Expo
December 14, 2007 Honolulu United States Neal S. Blaisdell Center
Asia, North America and South America
January 20, 2008 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Quân khu 7 Stadium
January 22, 2008 Seoul South Korea Olympic Hall
January 25, 2008 Manila Philippines Fort Bonifacio Open Field-Taguig
January 27, 2008 Taipei Taiwan National Taiwan University Sports Center
January 29, 2008 Chek Lap Kok Hong Kong AsiaWorld–Expo
January 31, 2008 Jakarta Indonesia Jakarta Convention Center
February 12, 2008 Bogotá Colombia Simón Bolívar Park
February 15, 2008 Rio de Janeiro Brazil Vivo Rio
February 17, 2008 Curitiba Hellooch
February 18, 2008 São Paulo Via Funchal
February 19, 2008
February 22, 2008 Buenos Aires Argentina Estadio Ricardo Etcheverry
February 24, 2008 Santiago Chile Arena Santiago
February 27, 2008 Caracas Venezuela Poliedro de Caracas
March 28, 2008 Tempe United States Tempe Beach Park Amphitheater
March 29, 2008 Tucson The Rialto Theatre
March 30, 2008 Las Vegas The Joint
March 31, 2008
April 2, 2008 San Jose San Jose Civic Auditorium
April 3, 2008 San Francisco The Warfield
April 4, 2008
April 6, 2008 Irvine Bamboozle
April 8, 2008 Portland Crystal Ballroom
April 9, 2008
April 11, 2008 Magna The Great Salt Air Theatre
April 12, 2008 Mexico City Mexico Zero Fest
April 14, 2008 Denver United States The Fillmore Auditorium
April 15, 2008 Kansas City Memorial Hall
April 17, 2008 Chicago Congress Theater
April 18, 2008
April 19, 2008 Detroit The Fillmore @ State Theatre
April 20, 2008
April 22, 2008 Cleveland The Agora Theatre
April 24, 2008 New Orleans House of Blues
April 25, 2008 Baton Rouge X-Fest @ Baton Rouge River Center
April 26, 2008 The Woodlands The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
April 27, 2008 Frisco Pizza Hut Park
April 28, 2008 Austin Stubbs Amphitheatre
April 30, 2008 Birmingham Sloss Furnaces
May 2, 2008 Memphis Beale St. Festival
May 3, 2008 St. Louis The Pagaent
May 4, 2008 Columbus Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
May 6, 2008 Philadelphia Electric Factory
May 7, 2008
May 9, 2008 New York City Madison Square Garden
  • ^Note 1 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.
  • ^Note 2 Six shows between April 29 and May 6 were cancelled due to illness caused by salmonella and food poisoning that the band and crew members suffered.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Automatic 2007 Interview". Designer Magazine. 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  2. ^ "My Chemical Romance, Muse Poisoned". Ultimate Guitar. 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 

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