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Gerard Way On ‘The Black Parade’‘s Message: “Live Your Life. Be Kind. Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself”

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 20 October 2021 at 11.31

"It's been amazing to see the album regarded in the way it is today"



Gerard Way
has made an appearance on the Apple Music radio show Essentials, talking through My Chemical Romance's iconic album 'The Black Parade'.

Taking us through the record step by step, it's an intimate and fascinating look into the intricacies of an album that continues to inspire and delight 15 years later.

When asked to sum up what his takeaways from the record are a decade and a half later, how it feels for people to still be discovering it and what he feels its message is:

"The longer the album was out, the more and more it gained importance. i noticed over the years that people started to look back at their period of music and that era and 'The Black Parade' always comes up as one of the records of that era. But that's been the crazy thing to see. Even the world that is in the record emerge through people's art and writing into this entire universe. It's been amazing to see the album regarded in the way it is today.

I feel like originally was a kind of warning. it felt like a display of organs that you reach in deep to and pull out for everything to take a look at. It's exciting that people are discovering that again. But what's the message? Stay alive. Live your life. Be kind. Don't be so hard on yourself."


He also chatted a bit about the band's upcoming world tour that has been rescheduled to 2022, and what to expect:

"When we thought about this tour and getting back together and doing it again, the idea was to simply reintroduce ourselves to the world and an audience. Everybody in the band thought that the best way to do that was to be ourselves and as straight as possible in terms of what you're getting up there. I felt the most important thing in people seeing us is to go to a rock concert and have a very really authentic experience. The kind of situation you would see at the best rock shows where you really didn't know what was going to happen. We rehearsed the music at times, but aside from a couple of cues that we had to do every night during 'The Black Parade', we didn't know what was going to happen. I didn't know if I was going to be so struck with emotion that I would be convulsing on the ground. I didn't know if Frank was going to tackle me. We really went into the unknown because we didn't have a plan because the plan was to play our hearts out."

You can have a listen to the full interview alongside the album right HERE

And here is the stunning 'Famous Last Words', as an extra treat:

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