My Chemical Romance headlined a sold-out show show at the legendary Tower Theater in Upper Darby on Friday night with support from “The Architects” & “Thursday” (who MCR lead-singer Gerard Way called his favorite live band ever).
The Tower is one of our favorite venues in the area. It has the feel of an old school theater, the history of hosting the likes of Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Genesis, and countless other all-world acts, and a great sound system.
The place was already packed by the time we arrived as fans crowded into their seats awaiting the headliners from neighboring New Jersey to take the stage. Hordes of screaming teenage girls packed the aisles and the Tower staff has their hands full trying to keep people in their seats.
When My Chemical Romance took the stage shortly after 9:30pm, all order went out the window and it was a teenage free-for-all in the aisles as everyone tried to get a good angle to snap a photo (or video) with their camera and/or phone.
Gerard Way, with his bright red hair, wasted no time in pumping up the crowd as they hung on his every word and action; if his hands went up, the fans hands went up, if he held the microphone out, the fans sang.
The sound was as loud as could be, and the lights & lasers were bright and pulsating (there were even warning signs in the lobby about the brightness of the strobe lights that were used throughout the entire show).
The band mixed in a slew of songs from their most recent album “Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys” as well as older hits from albums “The Black Parade”, “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge”, and “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love”.
Gerard Way told the fans in the overheated venue that MCR loves Philadelphia and it was good to be back. He was surprised at how many fans were up dancing around (because the venue is entirely seating with no general admission area).
While the majority of fans were teenagers, we saw people of all ages rocking out during the show. It seems that My Chemical Romance has no problem wooing fans both young and old. Admittedly, it was hard to stand still.
We left the venue shortly after 11pm, and with our ears ringing, headed off to join the Black Parade.
Full photo slide show below: