· By Brynn Evida
My Chemical Romance at The Forum (10/14/2022)
My Chemical Romance has just completed a legendary five-night sold-out residency at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, CA, and 59 X Media had the privilege of photographing their energetic 3rd night.
After deciding to go through with their long-awaited reunion, even further delayed by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, My Chemical Romance has hit the road playing festivals and shows focused mostly in North America. The band brought their tour to a landing point with their Forum residency and announced that the first four nights would focus on individual albums of theirs in chronological order. Night three was centered around their certified Triple Platinum album The Black Parade, while also playing classic fan favorites from other albums such as “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” and even their newest single, “Foundations of Decay,” released earlier this year.
To say that their performance was electric would be an understatement. The energy in The Forum was unbelievably awe-inspiring, much thanks to the fans who had waited years to finally see their favorite band live for the first time, or again. Many of the fans had camped out and attended every night of the residency or even the tour. Their resilience and devotion to MCR despite being physically taxed showed through the lyrics they sang every word along to, and the smiles that were stuck on their faces throughout the entire set. The band returned the energy and effort with gratitude, expressing how lucky they felt at many points in the night, as well as making sure everyone was taken care of and safe.
Lead singer Gerard Way has brought many creative outfits to the table this tour, some of them include a ghost, nurse, clown, and even a vampire on night four of their residency at The Forum. Although there is no clear explanation as to what the outfits mean, fans have made theories that they have to do with the next chapter in My Chemical Romance’s discography. Though no new music has been formally announced, there is much excitement on social media platforms surrounding the idea.
The graceful return of My Chemical Romance, a down-to-earth band with breathtaking concepts and ideas, is precisely what the world needed today. They are bringing connection back to people after such an extended longing period, which is something invaluable.
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Photos and words by Brynn Evida