My Chemical Romance = Bleeding Ears

My Chemical Romance
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
All photos by Paul Weber

My Chemical Romance is:
Gerard Way
Mikey Way
Ray Toro
Frank Iero

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Last night My Chemical Romance’s roadshow hit Milwaukee’s The Rave. The guys are out to support their latest release, Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys. I have never seen My Chemical Romance live before and now I know why.  By the time I arrived at 7:30pm, the ballroom was already packed with teenage girls in their black tees and white mini jean shorts.  From the old fogey in the room, which would be me, it was pretty cool to see some of the parents there with their kids.   Embarrassing as all hell for the kids, but it’s great to see parents giving a care about what their kids are up to and listening to.

I really didn’t pay any mind to the openers, The Architects.   The band that had my attention, at least for one song, was Neon Trees.  Both of the opener’s  sets were short and My Chemical Romance hit the stage at the early time of 9:10pm.

Not going to lie, this concert was the loudest one I’ve been to in awhile and that’s saying a lot since the Avalanche Tour was not long ago.  MCR had their front rack amped so high that most of the time the music was distorting. Yet, no one really noticed because all the girls were screeching so loudly.  Even with my earplugs in, it hurt.  I actually saw girls around me covering their ears at times because of how loud it was.  Note to My Chemical Romance: Turn your shit down!

This is more of a warning than a review because I really think everyone should know to go to future MCR shows prepared.

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  1. Rick says:

    Protect your ears people! I discovered too late and have trouble holding a conversation with people in a crowded room due to my hearing loss.

    Looking at this from a sound standpoint, if the stage volume (guitar / bass / keyboard amplifiers) is too loud, then the sound guy has to try to overcome them for the sound to come out of the front of house speakers. But, with those amps so loud, the vocal microphones pick up a lot of the bands sounds which also make it harder to hear the vocals. As a sound engineer, I’ve run in to situations where “the band” thought they knew best and would crank everything up as loud as they could thinking it would sound best. Not only is that NOT the case, but the exact opposite! In those cases, I just put my ear plugs in and stand back. “I can’t hear the vocals,” I’d hear. My response “The guitarist(s) wouldn’t turn his(their) amp down and I’m not going to blow up the PA for this or any band.”

    These guys need to be taught these things and it’s a shame that no one is helping them out. LOUD does not necessarily mean GOOD sound. It just means that all their hear is your instrument creating a negative experience for the audience and at today’s average ticket prices, that is an absolute shame.

    Look at Roger Waters tour. MASSIVE PA system, but the volume wasn’t overbearing at all. All the components were there and the mix was excellent!

  2. Brad says:

    You could at least pretend to 1) be vaguely objective, and 2) talk even a little about the music and performance.

    The times I’ve seen them live, they’ve never been too loud. Doesn’t seem to be a frequent problem.

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