This is a super early My Chemical Romance set shot at Maxwell’s right after “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love” came out. The band opened for seminal Jersey punk icons, the Lawn Darts, and played an abridged half hour set before an already rabid audience. This was shot on a Sony DCR-TRV140 by the illustrious Josh Goldfarb and edited in iMovie.

I was invited to cover the show after interviewing the band earlier in the week for the Belleville Times. I’ll post that interview eventually. It was pretty awful, considering I had no idea who MCR was before Gerard Way showed up at the Times office with a press release and a copy of the new CD. 

I’ve received a ton of mail from readers informing me of the importance of this video, particularly because it was the show that Gerard cited as hugely influential to the band in the DVD The Black Parade is Dead featuring their 2007 Maxwell’s set. It’s also the first and only time Gerard and Mikey Way’s grandmother, Elena, got to see the band live. Someone even went as far as to call it the holy grail of MCR videos. If I knew that, I would have uploaded it sooner. 

Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough For the Two of Us 01:57
Headfirst For Halos 07:38
Our Lady of Sorrows 11:39
This Is the Best Day Ever 14:37
Skylines and Turnstiles 17:45
Morrissey Cover 22:30
Vampires Will Never Hurt You 27:09