My Chemical Romance will kick off a North American arena tour Feb. 22 in Manchester, N.H., in support of its new Reprise album, "The Black Parade." The trek will feature support from Rise Against and

My Chemical Romance will kick off a North American arena tour Feb. 22 in Manchester, N.H., in support of its new Reprise album, "The Black Parade." The trek will feature support from Rise Against and Muse; dates are booked through March 16 in Reno, Nev., but more will be added to the itinerary.

"We're going to retain the essence of a rock show," frontman Gerard Way told Billboard.com of the tour last week. It's not going to be like seeing [Pink Floyd's] 'The Wall.' It's going to bring the music and the band and the record to life. It's going to be theatrical without detracting from [the music]; it's not going to be surface over substance."

Way added that My Chemical Romance will perform part of the show as the Black Parade, the circus-like alter ego it adopts on the new album. "We're really focusing on being great performers, then the theatrics will come into play," he said.

Before the North American dates, the band will head to Australia and New Zealand for the Big Day Out tour. The group is also already booked for the Bamboozle festival in early May in New Jersey.

Here are My Chemical Romance's tour dates:

Feb. 22: Manchester, N.H. (Verizon Wireless Arena)
Feb. 23: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum)
Feb. 25: Philadelphia (Liacouras Center)
Feb. 26: Cleveland (Wolstein Center)
Feb. 28: Detroit (Joe Louis Arena)
March 1: Chicago (Allstate Arena)
March 2: Topeka, Kan. (Kansas Expo Center)
March 3: Lincoln, Neb. (Pershing Auditorium)
March 4: Denver (Magness Arena)
March 6: Salt Lake City (E Center)
March 7: Las Vegas (Orleans Arena)
March 9: Phoenix (Jobing.com Arena)
March 10: Los Angeles (Forum)
March 11: Anaheim, Calif. (Convention Center)
March 13: San Diego (ipayOne Center)
March 14: Fresno, Calif. (Selland Arena)
March 15: Oakland, Calif. (ORACLE Arena)
March 16: Reno, Nev. (Lawlor Events Center)

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