NJ Reunited Bands Are Back

Hi Jersey groups, welcome back.

The Gaslight Anthem show on Saturday October 8th at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel is the latest of the reunion and reunion shows for the state bands that rose to national fame in the late 90s and early 90s. post-hardcore, emo, shouto and pop-punk worlds.

Gaslight Anthem, formed in New Brunswick in the late 90s, returned to “full-time status” in the spring after an eight-year hiatus.

“We are also starting to write new songs for what will be our sixth album,” the band posted on social media in April. “We look forward to the future and we will see you all again. We want to thank you for staying with us. Stay tuned!”

The real Gaslight reunion took place at singer Brian Fallon’s solo show at Crossroads on June 18th. It was broadcast live. They join My Chemical Romance, Midtown and Thursday as top bands from Jersey of the era whose reunions gained momentum in 2022. Midtown’s reunions also took place on the Crossroads stage in August.

“I don’t know if it’s a secret, but New Jersey has a pretty awesome culture to export to the country and the rest of the world, and now people are seeing it,” said Lee Frankel, owner of Crossroads.

Gaslight Anthem and My Chemical Romance (Belleville natives) both toured Europe on their reunion tours this summer.

My Chemical Romance performs a comeback show at the Prudential Center in Newark on September 20.

So why is everyone recovering now?

“The pandemic has rendered some of the differences insignificant over the past two years,” Frankel said. “There’s been a lot of reconnecting, and people have gone so long without music and without seeing shows. They’ve really missed Jersey music, past and present. It’s a good time to come back and do what you like.

My Chemical Romance, which had a No. 2 Billboard hit with 2006’s “The Black Parade” album, broke up after playing the 2013 Bamboozle festival in Asbury Park. During a reunion show on December 20, 2020 at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles, the band announced a tour that included several sold-out performances. The shows have been postponed several times due to the pandemic.

“I was so grateful and really blown away by it,” My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way said when asked about the fan reaction to the reunion during his appearance on the “My Turning Point” podcast with Steve Baltin. “When I saw the shows, they kept selling out. We kept adding them, and it kept selling out again. … I was like, ‘Wow, something happened’ happened in the years when this group left.’ “

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Emo and pop-punk bands are hotspots. There are many emo-themed deejay parties in the state and across the country. The Bamboozle, a launching point for many emo bands, returns next year to Atlantic City, and the big pop-punk-themed festival When We Were Young, featuring My Chem and Paramore, is scheduled for Saturday 22 October and Sunday. , October 23 in Las Vegas.

“People really missed music,” Frankel said. “From a business perspective, now is the perfect time to capitalize on that.”

Midtown, who trained at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, announced he was touring with My Chemical Romance on select dates, including the Aug. 17 show at the Prudential Center in Newark. They first sparked interest with cryptic social media posts. The band will headline Starland Ballroom in Sayreville for two sold-out shows on Friday December 2 and Saturday December 3.

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On Thursday, the New Brunswick band that in many ways paved the way for Jersey’s generation of post-hardcore bands reunited in 2016. They opened for My Chemical Romance at the Prudential Center on August 16. . Singer Geoff Rickly joined My Chem on stage for a song.

Way had joined Thursday on stage earlier that night.

“The Jersey scene is strong – it has its own sound,” Frankel said. “People all over the world are really tuned into this. It’s great to see that a lot of the bands that are excelling at the highest musical level are Jersey bands.

Go: Gaslight Anthem and Jeff Rosenstock, 8 p.m. Saturday, October 8, PNC Bank Arts Center, Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, tickets start at $35; www.livenation.com.

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Jersey Shore native Chris Jordan covers music and entertainment for USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]