My Chemical Romance’s Hometown Shows Celebrated With Billboards Around Newark
You might not commonly associate My Chemical Romance with New Jersey, but one should never forget that everyone’s favorite goth-punk bands hail from Newark. Now, as MCR are preparing to return to their hometown to play two massive shows this fall, guitarist Frank Iero proudly shared images of four billboards on Instagram advertising the band’s shows at the Prudential Center in Newark on September 22 and 23.
Frank posted the following to his Instagram:
As one user with the handle murderbydeath commented, both shows are already sold out: “😂 u sold it out so fast, they didn’t have time to cancel the billboards! 💕”
“hahah that’s actually true…” Frank replied. “but i’m so excited to have NJ ones i would have asked not to cancel anyway”
Frank has every right to be excited. The 18-date tour — My Chemical Romance’s first in nine years — sold out in under six hours, with 228,600 tickets sold. The second Newark date was added soon after the first date sold out.
In an earlier heartfelt post, Frank wrote that My Chemical Romance were the first band to play at the Prudential Center, when Bon Jovi asked them to open for them the first of a series of headline shows to mark the arena’s opening in 2007. That was the last time My Chemical Romance played the venue, also known as The Rock and home of the New Jersey Devils.
“Now it’s 2020, 13 years later and my friends and i are back to headline the Rock, our hometown arena located less than 7 miles from the house i grew up in, and the current stomping ground of the @njdevils 🖤 it really is a dream come true, i couldn’t make this shit up if i tried!” Frank wrote on Instagram.
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hell-oh phrends, Tomorrow tickets will go on sale for the first North American My Chem tour in 9 years at 12pm local time... 18 dates in some of my favorite cities, including (yea, you guessed it) beautiful Newark, NJ. 🖤 The first and only time mychem played the Prudential Center in Newark was in 2007 when we were asked by the mighty @bonjovi (😘) to open their series of shows christening the venue. it was the first concert ever held there, and since we opened the show... well, technically we were the first band to ever play there (thanks Jon! 🤷♀️ sorry). Now it’s 2020, 13 years later and my friends and i are back to headline the Rock, our hometown arena located less than 7 miles from the house i grew up in, and the current stomping ground of the @njdevils 🖤 it really is a dream come true, i couldn’t make this shit up if i tried! i truly feel blessed getting to do all the crazy things that i do... and i just want to thank you all out there for the love, for the continued support, and for your (extremely loud) patience. It was a long journey getting to these shows, for all of us... and i wouldn’t trade one step or stumble of it for the world. ticket link is in my bio, i’ll see you at the shows. Keep the faith xofrnk 🖤
My Chemical Romance’s December 20 return show at The Shrine in Los Angeles was the highest-grossing show in the venue’s history, making a grand total of $1,451,745.
Catch the band live at one of the following dates this year:
20 Melbourne, Australia – Download Festival
21 Sydney, Australia – Download Festival
25 Auckland, New Zealand – Western Springs
28 Osaka, Japan – Intex
29 Tokyo, Japan – Download Festival
18 Milton Keynes, UK – Stadium MK
20 Milton Keynes, UK – Stadium MK
21 Milton Keynes, UK – Stadium MK
23 Dublin, Ireland – Hospital Kilmainham
1 Hungary – Volt Festival
4 Bologna, Italy – Arena Parco Nord
6 Bonn, Germany – KUNST!RASEN
11 Moscow, Russia – Park Livem
09 Little Caesars Arena Detroit, MI
11 Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, MN
12 Riot Fest Chicago, IL
14 Scotiabank Arena Toronto, ON
15 Garden Boston, MA
17 Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY
18 Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, PA
20 Music Midtown Festival Atlanta, GA
22 Prudential Center Newark, NJ
23 Prudential Center Newark, NJ
26 BB&T Center Sunrise, FL
29 Toyota Center Houston, TX
30 American Airlines Center Dallas, TX
02 Pepsi Center Denver, CO
04 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, WA
06 Oakland Arena Oakland, CA
08 The Forum Los Angeles, CA
10 Aftershock Festival Sacramento, CA
11 T‑Mobile Arena Las Vegas, NV
13 The Forum Inglewood, CA
14 The Forum Inglewood, CA
15 The Forum Inglewood, CA
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