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Thursday Live in Manila

Do you think I’m kidding? Thursday, one of my favorite bands, is finally coming to Manila. Don’t believe me? Read the news on Pinoy Rock Lyrics.

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A Review: My Chemical Romance at The Fort

I just came home from the My Chemical Romance rock concert at The Fort and they were really awesome. They really rocked my brains out. They were great. Gerard was hitting the high notes. Frank Iero was rockin the guitar. Ray Toro was showing off his killer guitar licks. Mikey Way was great and Bob Briar has cool long hair now.

I’m still in the state of shock right up to now. I can’t believe I finally saw the band play live. I was like more than a hundred meters away but I don’t care as long as I can hear them do their stuff. I’m really a big fan of MCR. In fact when I was still in a band about 2 years ago, we were playing their songs. It really feels great to see them in person.

Before My Chemical Romance showed up on stage, Pop Shove It opened the show for them. After the opening act was finished rocking their set, we waited for half an hour. Minutes seemed like days. But suddenly the lights turned off. When the lights was turned on, MCR was at the stage. Amazing!

My Chemical Romance played a total of 20 songs and there are some new songs that I heard only on that concert. Here’s the list of the line-up in exact order:

  1. Disappear
  2. Dead
  3. I’m Not Okay (I Promise)
  4. Give ‘Em Hell Kid
  5. Sharpest Lives
  6. Mama
  7. My Way Home Is Through You
  8. Cemetery Drive
  9. Black Parade
  10. I Don’t Love You
  11. Headfirst for Halos
  12. House of Wolves
  13. Kill All Your Friends – A song from their B-sides
  14. You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison
  15. Teenagers
  16. Helena
  17. Sleep
  18. Cancer
  19. Desert Song
  20. Famous Last Words

Gerard Way is really a great singer. In between one of the songs, I think he was singing a song from Freddie Mercury, the main man of Queen. Gerard is great. The whole band is great.

One thing I observed though, I think the band was disappointed at the way the people acted in front. I saw it in Gerard’s face, the way he acted when he left the stage. There wasn’t a smile on his face or a sign that he wanted to play here in the Philippines again. I really think he was shocked seeing the people in front of him dressed like they were going to some dance club or something. This is a rock show and not some disco club. I also can’t believe that there were chairs. I just thought to myself, “What the Fuck? Why are there chairs in the open field? This is a fucking god damn rock concert! And why are there 5 year old kids accompanied by their parents?” I even saw a whole family come to the show -a kid accompanied by his mom and dad. This isn’t a fuckin’ cartoon movie or something. Do the kids even understand the songs of My Chemical Romance? The big question is why did the organizer let those 5, those 10-year old kids into the concert. Gerard Way was cursing in front and there are many kids among the audience, 10 year old kids. The organizers should have known that. Haven’t they researched about the band? Kids should n’t be in there. Another funny thing is, I even heard somebody telling he saw Manny Pacquiao attend the concert. And it was confirmed to be true. Kin ( a friend of mine) also saw Anne Curtis dressed as a gothic girl. This isn’t good. This is funny. The organizers bailed. But I’m still thankful they brought the band here.

For sure, the band will never return here again. I hope that’s a lesson the pinoy should know. No more rich people in front, and the real fans at the back. Everybody should have equal opportunity – first come, first served. And there should only be one ticket price. But hell, this is Philippines – a country you will never understand. It all starts with great leaders.

I have some photos from the concert but I can’t find my USB transfer Cable. I guess I’ll have to post it here later.

***Updated the song titles on the list. Thanks to Jen!