My Chemical Romance live in Barcelona.

Cuando se trata de tu grupo favorito, ninguna crónica puede ser objetiva. La expectación ante un nuevo disco después de una larga espera, la curiosidad por ver cómo han envejecido (aunque solo sea un poquito), las ganas de directo, la ilusión de acompañar a alguien a su primer concierto de rock… Todo apuntaba a una noche especial y eso se cumplió.

When it comes to your favorite band, no review can be an objective one. The expectation of a new album after a long wait, the curiosity to see how they’ve gotten older (even if it’s just a bit), the need of live shows, the excitement of being with someone at their first rock show… Everything pointed to a special night and that’s what we got.

Lost Alone fueron muy puntuales y justificaron más que de sobra su posición como teloneros de uno de los grupos cuyo regreso ha sido más que esperado. Guitarras contundentes protagonistas de grandes solos y un dominio del escenario considerable. Por lo que pude ver, ya que la larga cola hizo que me perdiera la mitad de su actuación, estuvieron muy a la altura de las circunstancias.

Lost Alone were on time and more than justified their position as the support band of one of the groups whose comeback was more anticipated. Strong guitars leading amazing solos and a considerable stage presence. From what I could see, as the long queue kept me from seeing half of their show, they rose to the occasion.

My Chemical Romance salieron a darlo todo. No sé si sería por la presencia de personas muy cercanas al grupo o porque están en plena forma, pero el grupo que estuvo más de una hora y media encima del escenario del Sant Jordi Club de Barcelona exprimió hasta la última gota de sudor para ofrecer un concierto de pura música, sin artificios ni disfraces. Arrancaron con fuerza, con su éxito más reciente, un “Na Na Na” coreado hasta el la última coma. Y cogieron carrerilla para dar un repaso a sus cuatro discos de estudio. Y eso es algo que les agradezco, porque hacia mucho tiempo que no tocaban temas de su primer álbum, “I brought you my bullets, you brought me your love”. A lo largo de 19 canciones y un vis, el público tuvo muy poco tiempo para descansar, porque el grupo ha escogido canciones de lo más moviditas, dejando solo un poco de tranquilidad al interpretar “Cancer”, de su anterior disco. Canciones como “Thank You For The Venom”, “Famous Last Words”, “House Of Wolves”, “Helena” y la esperadísima “I’m Not Ok” se fusionan con “Sing”, “Vampire Money” o “Summertime” dejando claro que, si bien sus cuatros discos no tienen nada que ver entre sí, el grupo está siguiendo una extraña línea propia, algo que les caracteriza e identifica. Hacen arte a su manera, y como bien proclaman últimamente, “Art is the weapon” (el arte es el arma).

My Chemical Romance went out to give it all. I don’t know if it was because of the presence of people close to the band or because they’re in a very good shape, but the band that spent more than an hour and a half on stage at the Sant Jordi Club in Barcelona squeezed all the juice they had to offer in a show of pure music, no tricks or costumes. They started powerful, with their most recent hit, a “Na Na Na” sung to the last comma. From there, a complete review of their four albums. And that’s something I’m thankful for, because it’s been a very long time since they’ve played songs of their first LP, “I brought you my bullets, you brought me your love”. Throughout 19 songs and one encore, the crowd had little time to rest, because the band has chosen very lively songs, giving the only break while they played “Cancer”. Songs like “Thank You For The Venom, “Famous Last Words”, “House Of Wolves”, “Helena” and the anticipated “I’m Not Ok” merged with “Sing”, “Vampire Money” or “Summertime”, evidencing that, although the significant differences among their four albums, the band follows an strange own path that characterize and identify them. They make their own art, and as they proclaim lately, “Art is the weapon”.

En entrevistas de promoción de “Danger Days” han declarado que la larga espera se debía a que en un principio querían hacer un disco puramente rockero, básico; y que se dieron cuenta de que debían dejar de imponerse criterios y permitir que la inspiración fluyera libremente. De ahí salieron temas como “Planetary (GO!)” o “Destroya”, que no son precisamente punk o rock puro. Pero, en mi opinión, esa pequeña premisa de hacer lo básico la están cumpliendo en sus conciertos. Nos tenían acostumbrados a maquillajes y estilismos extravagantes, incluso a ver a Gerard empezando conciertos estirado en una camilla y a que todos vistieran de uniforme. Ahora son simplemente 6 chicos haciendo música y sacando lo mejor de sí mismos. Creo que han mejorado, creo que saben hacer lo que hacen mucho mejor que antes, y con más ganas. Transmiten buen rollo, positividad y sales de sus conciertos con ganas de comerte el mundo. Y como seguidora desde hace bastante años, creo que les queda cuerda para rato.

In recent interviews promoting “Danger Days”, they’ve talked about their long break stating that, in the beginning, they wanted to create an album of pure rock, a basic one; and that they realized later on that what they had to do was forget all the auto-imposed restrictions and let the inspiration flow freely. From that came tracks as “Planetary (GO!)” or “Destroya”, that aren’t punk or rock precisely. But, in my opinion, that little premise of doing the basics is being followed in their live shows. We were used to theatrics, make ups and extravagant looks, even to see Gerard starting their shows laying down on an hospital bed, or all of them wearing uniforms. Now, they are just 6 guys playing music and offering the best of themselves. I think they’ve improved, they now know how to do what they do better than before. They transmit good vibes, positivity and you go out of their shows wanting to take over the world. And as a long-term fan, I think there’s a lot more to come.

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2 comments

  1. I hardly comment, however i did some searching and wound up here My Chemical Romance live in Barcelona.
    | silargu. And I do have 2 questions for you if you tend
    not to mind. Could it be just me or does it seem like
    some of these comments look like coming from brain dead people?

    :-P And, if you are writing on other places, I’d like to keep up with everything new you have to post. Would you make a list of all of your social pages like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

  2. Hello tiszta,

    Links to my social pages can be found at the beginning of the column. I do write for a Spanish magazine, but it is a printed publication, not an online one. However, from time to time I publish my reviews and interviews on this blog, albeit in Spanish.

    Thanks for your comment! x

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