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Gerard Way: “[The Shrine] Was The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had Playing On Stage With My Chemical Romance”

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 10 May 2021 at 10.50

"My goal at The Shrine was not to direct the audience to do anything. To let them do what they naturally wanted to do"



Another part of Aiden Gallagher's conversation with Gerard Way has dropped, and this time they are talking about performance. 

More specifically My Chemical Romance's comeback show at the Shrine in Los Angeles back in 2019.

Gerard had some incredibly interesting thoughts about how he went about performing at that show, which also signals how MCR shows will also be in the future...

"That was definitely the most fun I've ever had playing on stage with My Chemical Romance, for sure.

Something that I tried to do, and this was conscious, was relinquish some control. I think about control a lot, and in the years since the band broke up I’ve really examined control in all of its forms. My goal at The Shrine was not to direct the audience to do anything. To let them do what they naturally wanted to do. It became less of working a crowd, as they say, or being an entertainer.

If I moved my hand, it was because I wanted to do it. I wasn’t trying to get the audience to wave their hands and stuff. I was just performing.

To me, the new version of My Chemical Romance and the way I want to go about it is exercising less control.”


You can check out the full clip below:



We were there at The Shrine too, and it was nothing short of incredible. 

You can catch up with our conversation with fans out of the venue where we asked them what MCR means to them below:

 

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