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Aug 9, 2011

REVIEW [excerpt]: Live: blink-182 Like It Hot And Wet At Jones Beach

"...The Jersey glam-punk outfit My Chemical Romance opened, and their nine-song setlist grabbed most of their catalog's best bits—the grownup-panic boogie "Teenagers," the larynx-stretching "Helena," the cabaret stomp "Mama." Flame-haired frontman Gerard Way led the crowd in coordinated screaming and clapping as he stalked the stage; it was a pity, though, that the sound wasn't calibrated correctly for the band's six-member setup, resulting in the lead guitar and vocals alternately cutting out.

MCR's set also made me sad that the New York area didn't have a place for them on radio, thanks to the demise of WRXP, which would (maybe?) have at least given their supercharged theatrics a second listen back in its more adventurous days—and no, I don't mean "available to people who know how to find it on the Internet," I mean blasted-from -passing-cars wide, because this sort of forward-thinking distillation of rock's most memorable tropes should be catnip to those people who still like to have their guitars mixed with blasts of high-octane attitude

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