It is official, we have been transported back to the early 2000’s, embracing our inner emo; MCR are well and truly back!

New Jersey natives My Chemical Romance’s first UK show in 10 years was the night before at the Eden Project in Cornwall (May 16), however it is without a doubt that their second show at the venue (May 17) made just as much of an impact as the first. Before the second show kicked off, it was extremely hard to ignore the mass of hardcore MCR fans posting various aspects from the first show on social media, such as videos and setlists. This type of excitement has not been seen for any live show that I have known, but then again it is My Chemical Romance we are talking about here!

Before My Chemical Romance took to the Eden Sessions stage for the second time in a row for another highly anticipated performance, it was Derby natives LostAlone’s turn to entertain the 6,500 capacity crowd! After recently reuniting earlier in the year, LostAlone’s frontman Steven Battelle did a fairly decent job of working the masses and getting us hyped for what was to come.

Just after 9pm, it was the big moment and for My Chemical Romance’s time to shine! Considering this was one of the many string of shows that were postponed twice due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the band had clearly used the various lockdowns to perfect their musical craft even further. The show began by building even more anticipation with a flood of almost white noise blasting through the powerful speakers for a few minutes, before the alternative rock/emo fourpiece leapt out onto the stage. Brand new eerie belter The Foundations of Decay was the first song on the setlist, which was a fantastic opener, introducing old school My Chem fans to an exciting new era of music.

It was very surprising that they decided to perform one of the most highly anticipated songs fairly early on in the setlist; ‘Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge‘s ‘Helena‘. However, this song was for certain one of the few highlights from the night! MCR carried on with the 2004 bangers, carrying on the set with ‘Give ‘Em Hell Kid!’ and ‘Cemetery Drive’, which really helped get the crowd moving and excited for what was to come next. They really changed things up a gear, leaping in with 2010’s ‘The Only Hope For Me Is You’, before the surprising rendition of ‘Boy Division‘ from 2012’s ‘Number One.’ By this point, it was clearly evident how amazing the Eden Project was for a live musical setting, with the string of LED lights creating a perfect ambience; not to mention the striking multicoloured biomes surrounding the stage.

Next up, fan favourites ‘House of Wolves’ and ‘Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)’ are played, before the most iconic song of the whole night ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ is brilliantly performed!

Inevitably, ‘Teenagers’ is next in line, followed closely by ‘The Ghost of You’, which was performed live for the first time since 2011. There were several surprises in the setlist including the likes of ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ ‘DESTROYA’, ‘Surrender the Night’ from the ‘Conventional Weapons’ compilation, as well as 2010’s ‘Vampire Money’.

Big hitters ‘Thank You For The Venom’ and ‘Mama‘ help to elevate the crowd once again. ‘S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W’ is a pleasant surprise, debuting on the tour for the first time. ‘Famous Last Words’ is another sure fire crowd pleaser before the encore begins; an interesting but unexpected compilation of four tracks consisting of ‘Headfirst for Halos’, ‘Mastas of Ravencroft’, ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’ and ‘The Kids From Yesterday‘.

Frontman Gerard Way (as well as the rest of the band) were truly spectacular throughout the entire hour and a half set, with his witty and personable nature really elevating the whole performance in the spoken interludes. Even though the setlist may not be completely to everyone’s liking (including mine!), highlights included the likes of ‘Mama‘, ‘Teenagers‘ and of course, ‘Welcome to the Black Parade‘. It is undeniable that the true musicianship of this iconic 00’s band is truly astonishing. Ray Toro’s guitar solos were outstanding and made MCR’s live performance electric, to say the least! My Chemical Romance are most certainly worth the watch and I would definitely love to see them again in years to come!

Check out the full setlist from My Chemical Romance’s performance at the Eden Project (May 17) below!

  1. The Foundations of Decay
  2. Helena
  3. Give ‘Em Hell, Kid
  4. Cemetery Drive (First time live since 2012)
  5. The Only Hope for Me Is You (First time live since 2012)
  6. Boy Division
  7. House of Wolves (Tour debut)
  8. Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
  9. Welcome to the Black Parade
  10. Teenagers
  11. The Ghost of You (First time live since 2011)
  13. Surrender the Night
  14. Vampire Money
  15. Thank You for the Venom
  16. Mama
  17. S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W (Tour debut)
  18. Famous Last Words


19. Headfirst for Halos (First time since 2009)

20. Mastas of Ravenkroft (Live debut)

21. I’m Not Okay (I Promise)

22. The Kids From Yesterday

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