Watch My Chemical Romance Do An Interview From The Back Of A Van In 2002
Generations to come will always remember My Chemical Romance as the biggest band of their kind. And with good reason — since 2004’s Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge blew up, the band has been on top of the world, culminating in the epic madness that has been their recent reunion. But it’s important to remember that MCR started as just a crew of Misfits fans from New Jersey, if only to put a human face on these guys who many consider rock royalty. If you need help with that, watch this video of the band from 2002, doing an interview from the back of a van.
Once you get over the premise of this video — My Chemical Romance, in 2002, talking to an interviewer from the backseat of a van – the beautiful details of it emerge. The segment, an interview for bedroom network Swept Away TV, opens with the band introducing themselves, since, you know, they weren’t household names for rock fans yet. Even more impressive is how much of their personalities are present even then — Gerard Way is informative and a little nerdy, while Frank Iero looks like he’s itching to just get out there and play.
Perhaps the most precious moment is when host Nicole asks the band if they can tell her about something crazy that happened on tour. Gerard breaks into the sweetest grin you’ve ever seen.
“It’s funny, we just got asked this question, and we don’t have any stories!” he says, in a moment made delicious by hindsight.
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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
16 Cornwall, UK – Eden Project
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
9 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
2 Pepsi Center Denver, CO
4 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, WA
6 Oakland Arena Oakland, CA
8 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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