Most artists remember when they decided they wanted a career in music, and for My Chemical Romance’s Mikey Way, it was Smashing Pumpkins.
“I remember wanting to go to shows and never going to a big one, until the Melon Collie and Infinite Sadness tour, ”Way recalled to Rock Sound. “I started to think about almost everything a little differently after that night. I was like, ‘Dude, I don’t think there’s maybe anything else that I prefer to do in life than maybe do what they’re doing.’ “
Way remembers the Pumpkins playing for over two hours the night he saw them live, and their show was accompanied by large video screens and extravagant light shows. The whole crowd sang every word as well, not just the band’s most popular songs.
“I remember that and the energy in the room. I was so amazed that they were playing at Madison Square Garden a day or two after, and I was like, ‘I have to go back’,” he continued, adding that he wanted to bring his brother Gerard Way – who was attending the School of Visual Arts in New York at the time – to the second show.
“I think my brother had the same kind of revelation I did that night when we saw the Madison Square Garden show. I remember nudging him and saying, ‘C’ is what I wanna do. That’s what we’re going to do – and we’re going to act in this play. And I remember him completely agreeing with me right now and saying to me, “You are absolutely right. “”
When My Chemical Romance finally performed at Madison Square Garden in May 2008, Gerard Way told the crowd the story of the Smashing Pumpkins concert they saw together and how it ultimately foreshadowed their own success.
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