Last night (October 5) I attended My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, and Surfbort’s show at Oakland Arena in Oakland, CA and it was definitely a night to remember.
Surfbort opened the show with a killer performance. The band helped set the tone for the evening with a high-energy display of punk rock. Vocalist Dani Miller was especially energetic and even jumped into the crowd at several points without missing a beat. Some highlights from their set included “Les Be In Love” and “Big Star.”
After Surfbort, it was time for Taking Back Sunday to take the stage. The band put on a fun show and looked like they were having a blast themselves, which is always cool to see. They really helped crank up the nostalgia factor, which is a perfect way to warm up a crowd for MCR. Some highlights from their set included “Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut from The Team)” and “MakeDamnSure.”
As soon as Taking Back Sunday wrapped up, it was time for the band everyone waited over two years to see, My Chemical Romance. The group have been tearing it up on their reunion tour and the Oakland show was no exception. They exploded onto the stage with their latest single “The Foundations Of Decay” as the crowd screamed with joy. From there, the band started powering through classic tracks like “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)” and “Give ‘Em Hell, Kid.” The group were firing on all cylinders as they brought everyone back to their high school and middle school years with a career-spanning set that leaned heavy on songs from “Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge” and “The Black Parade.” It was a nice escape from the unprecedented times we currently find ourselves in and helped cement the reasons why My Chemical Romance were always there for emo kids during their darkest days. Some highlights from the performance included “Welcome To The Black Parade,” “Teenagers,” “Vampires Will Never Hurt You,” “Mama,” “I’m Not Okay (I Promise),” and “Helena.”