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blink-182 / My Chemical Romance
Rogers Arena, Vancouver BC August 31
By Alan Ranta
Although they are both chart-topping, award-winning, platinum-selling bands, double headliners My Chemical Romance and blink-182 were actually quite incongruent to see back to back. Being younger, or perhaps just losing the coin toss, MCR played first. And, boy howdy, these New Jersey kids can certainly play.
MCR nailed all their big riffs, breakdowns and double-times perfectly, ripping through their alt-rock tinged by hardcore, melodic death metal, synth pop and power ballads with all the professionalism of a surgical team. Doing his part, fire-haired lead singer Gerard Way baited the arena into mosh pits, sing-alongs and hand waves…