The Info List - The Black Parade World Tour

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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.


* 1 Background * 2 Tour supports * 3 Absences * 4 Theatrics * 5 Stage * 6 Setlist * 7 Tour dates * 8 References * 9 External links


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
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
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.


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
Funeral for a Friend
supported on some dates, as did Rise Against and Thursday, The Automatic
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
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
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
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." * "Dead!" * "This is How I Disappear" * "The Sharpest Lives" * " Welcome to the Black Parade " * "I Don\'t Love You " * "House of Wolves" * "Cancer" * "Mama " * "Sleep" * "Teenagers " * "Disenchanted" * "Famous Last Words " * "Blood"

Set two: Encores

* "I\'m Not Okay (I Promise) " * "Cemetery Drive" * " Thank You for the Venom " * "The Jetset Life Is Gonna Kill You" * " The Ghost of You
The Ghost of You
" * "It's Not a Fashion Statement, It's a Fucking Deathwish" * "Give 'Em Hell, Kid" * "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us In Prison" * "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.


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
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.



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
Jobing.com Arena

March 10, 2007 Inglewood The Forum

March 11, 2007 Anaheim Anaheim Convention Center

March 13, 2007 San Diego
San Diego
iPay One Center

March 14, 2007 Fresno Selland Arena

March 15, 2007 Oakland Oracle Arena
Oracle Arena

March 16, 2007 Reno Lawlor Convention Center


March 20, 2007 Plymouth
England Plymouth

March 21, 2007 Brighton

March 22, 2007 Birmingham
National Indoor Arena

March 24, 2007 Manchester
Evening News Arena

March 25, 2007 Cardiff
International Arena

March 26, 2007 Nottingham
England Nottingham

March 27, 2007 Glasgow
Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre

March 29, 2007 London England Wembley Arena
Wembley Arena

March 30, 2007

April 1, 2007 Dublin
Ireland Royal Dublin

April 3, 2007 Cologne
Germany Palladium1

April 4, 2007 Paris France Élysée Montmartre 1

April 6, 2007 Berlin Germany Columbiahalle1

April 7, 2007 Hamburg
Alsterdorfer Sporthalle 1

April 9, 2007 Malmö Sweden Baltiska Hallen1

April 10, 2007 Copenhagen
Denmark K.B. Hallen
K.B. Hallen


April 14, 2007 Houston
United States Reliant Arena

April 15, 2007 Frisco Pizza Hut Park
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
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 ">

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The Automatic
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