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My Chemical Romance @ P.C. Richard and Son Theater, 11.30.10

My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way at the

My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way at the secret I Heart Radio show at P.C. Richard & Son Theater on Nov. 30, 2010. Credit: Jeremy Harris/

     Maybe the coronation of the Kings of Leon as America's Rock Band should be delayed. My Chemical Romance is putting in its bid – and judging from last night's amazing secret show, they're ready to grab the crown themselves.
     Their hour-long concert at the P.C. Richard & Son Theater in Tribeca, sponsored by Z100 for iheartradio, showed how ready the Jersey crew is for a mainstream smash and how they plan to twist the mainstream to suit them.
     The current single “Sing,” which even included three backing singers, bridges the gap between U2 and emo, which is apparently not as wide as it may have seemed, while “The Kids from Yesterday” conjures up “1979”-era Smashing Pumpkins.
     “This is the best way to come home,” said singer Gerard Way, referring to the band's return from its European tour, before launching into a raucous cover of Bob Dylan's “Desolation Row.”
     MCR was careful to touch on its past, with fiery versions of “I'm Not OK (I Promise)” and “Helena” and a grinding glam version of “Teenagers” (which could have worked nicely with the grinding glam of the new “Vampire Money”).
     However, with last week's release of “Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys,” Way left no question about what his focus was. “Let's talk about the future,” he said, before launching into the dancey “Planetary (Go!),” complete with some bumping and grinding.
     Even the sing-along encore of “Welcome to the Black Parade” had a forward-looking moral. “Let's [expletive] the world up next year,” Way said.
     With shows this good, My Chemical Romance may actually make that happen.

SETLIST: Na Na Na / I'm Not OK (I Promise) / Desolation Row / Planetary (Go!) / Sing / Helena / House of Wolves / Teenagers / The Kids from Yesterday // ENCORE: Welcome to the Black Parade

Watch “Sing” and “Desolation Row” here

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