Middle Class Rut and My Chemical Romance at The Pageant in St Louis 12/14/2010
The night opened with a performance by St Louis band Brookroyal. Then Middle Class Rut, a two piece alt rock band from Sacramento, CA took the stage. I had my first exposure to their music earlier this year when the LP No Name No Color was released, and I was impressed with their sound. If you’re skeptical as to whether a duo could pull of a full-sounding, entertaining set, let me assure you, these two can. Zack Lopez (singer/guitarist) and Sean Stockham (singer/drummer) delivered an energetic set that included their new material, a highlight of which seemed to be the song “New Low”.
Fairly early on in the set, Sean had an issue with his kickdrum, and knocked over several drums in a pseudo-rage, alleging the drum had been angering him all day, and had insulted his two kids and his mother. The equipment malfunction was played off in comical style, while Zack improved and solo’d a bit, waiting for a kickdrum replacement. These things happen. Some audience members seemed a bit put off by this, but I found it entertaining. Part of me was hoping he’d go full force with the anger and smash the set to bits, maybe light it on fire, too. But it didn’t go quite that far. Darn.
They continued on with all the energy and intensity they started on with, and encouraged fans to come meet them after the set at their merchandise table.
My Chemical Romance took the stage and delivered mostly new material, leaving some old fans in a bit of disappointment for want of the Black Parade era nihilism that catapulted them to success. While the band has recently changed into a softer, perkier, more danceable version of it’s former self, that apparently hasn’t offset their masses of fans who scarfed up all the available tickets weeks before the night of the show.
You may be asking yourself, why include the vague photo of My Chemical Romance‘s backs only? Because it is my opinion that this band is turning it’s back on the rights of visual artists. In order to be allowed to photograph this show, we were required to sign a contract, agreeing that all photos taken by our photographer would become property of My Chemical Romance (without any payment or compensation) and that My Chemical Romance would in fact become the Copyright holders of the photographer’s work in regard to the images she took that night. So here’s what they get. Their own backsides. “Art Is The Weapon.” Bang.
NaNaNa (Art Is The Weapon)
Thank You For The Venom
I’m Not OK (I Promise)
House of Wolves
Ghost Of You
Welcome To The Black Parade
Kids From Yesterday
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