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Concert Photography, Concert Reviews

Photos + Review: My Chemical Romance, Waterparks, Meg Myers @ Scotiabank Arena

By: Curtis Sindrey –

TORONTO, ON. – Sept. 04 – My Chemical Romance performs at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario on September 04, 2022. (Photo: Curtis Sindrey for Aesthetic Magazine)

Toronto My Chemical Romance fans were not okay when the beloved pop-punk/emo quartet blazed through a 19-song set-list last night (Sept. 4th) that featured fan favourites, including “Helena”, and “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”, along with a few deeper cuts like “The World Is Ugly”, and “Hang ‘Em High.”

It’s been over 10 years since the emo icons came through Toronto and you could tell the fandom still ran deep with fans dressing up in their favourite MCR-inspired outfits and makeup from over the years. For every twenty-something seeing them for the first time, or every thirty-something seeing them for the 10th time, their set satisfied every strain of nostalgia.

The Gerard Way-led quartet has shrugged off any rust since reuniting in 2019, and kicking off their North American tour on August 20th, 2022 in Oklahoma City and it felt they had the same frenetic energy and emo angst that they had when they led the early-to-mid 2000s emo movement along with other pop-punk/emo luminaries like Blink-182, The Used, and Taking Back Sunday.

Despite it only being September, and Halloween still being over a month away, Way kick-started spooky season off right with a full body skeleton body suit and corpse paint that would feel just as right going trick-or-treating as it did on stage at Scotiabank Arena. Way has been on-point for this run of shows with his on-stage outfits, including donning a green and white cheerleader outfit with a large “W” on the chest at a recent concert.

In light of recent tragedies at other concerts and festivals, MCR took it upon themselves to institute a crowd layout where the GA section was spilt into two separate sections to avoid a potential crowd crush, which was great to see. Way also made a point to instruct the near sell-out crowd to take a few steps back from the barricade just in case. If only other major artists would take similar steps to ensure overall crowd safety.

Overall, it was a delight to see the emo heavyweights back on the road with a renewed collective energy and angst. It was damn near cathartic to hear the songs that a lot of fans grew up with and some having to wait so long to finally hear live. And as all MCR fans will tell you, it was well worth the wait, and in the words of MCR themselves, “so long, and goodnight.”

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My Chemical Romance
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Waterparks
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Meg Myers
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