My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance

( from left to right ; Frank, Mikey, Ray, and Gerard meet on November 15th, 2019 )

Other Names

MCR, My Chem


Newark, New Jersey


Alternative Rock


Punk rock

Hard rock

Years Active

2001 – 2013

2019 – present



Warner Bros.

Associated Acts


Death Spells

Reggie and the Full Effect

Electric Century

Frank Iero and the Future Violents

Frank Iero and the Patience

Frank Iero and the Cellbration


Gerard Way (Lead Vocalist)

Mikey Way (Bassist)

Frank Iero (Guitarist]

Ray Toro (Guitarist)

James Dewees (Keyboardist]

Jarrod Alexander (Touring Drummer)

My Chemical Romance is an american rock band. Their general style has been categorized as option rock, pop kindling, post-hardcore, kindling rock, hard rock ‘n’ roll, gothic rock, hardcore punk, and, most controversially, emo. The band ‘s official web site describes their music as simply “ rock ” or “ fierce, dangerous pop ”. Gerard Way has publicly rejected the condition “ emo ”, describing the music genre as “ sleep together garbage ”. The band consists of Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Frank Iero, and Mikey Way accompanied on enlistment by James Dewees.




Founding and First Album ( 2001—2002 )



Gerard Way and Matt Pelissier formed My Chemical Romance, which was then an ignoble project, when Gerard saw the 9/11 attacks from his office in New York City. He wrote My Chemical Romance ‘s first song, ” Skylines and Turnstiles “, about his feelings in the aftermath of the attacks. A short time after, the band recruited their current lead guitarist Ray Toro because Gerard could n’t play guitar and sing at the lapp time. The name for the isthmus was suggested by Gerard ‘s younger buddy, Mikey Way ; he was working in Barnes and Noble at the time and was inspired by the claim of a book, “ ecstasy : Three Tales of Chemical Romance ”. With their newfangled mention, the ring set out recording a show certificate of deposit, with Gerard as lead singer, Ray on guitar, and Matt on drums. The attic Demos, as the band now refers to them, were recorded in Matt ‘s attic and comprised of the songs “ Our lady of Sorrows ” ( once titled “ Bring More Knives ” ), “ Cubicles ” and “ Skylines and Turnstiles ”. Upon hearing the show, Mikey Way decided to join the band after dropping out of college. While at Eyeball Records, the band met Frank Iero, precede guitarist, and singer for Pencey Prep. When Pencey Prep split up, Frank joined My Chemical Romance as the rhythm method of birth control guitarist just a few days before the record of the ring ‘s first studio album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. Despite this, Frank played in two of the eleven songs on the album, “ early Sunsets Over Monroeville “ and “ Demolition Lovers “. The dance band ‘s fanbase was gained from shows played at the Big Daddy ‘s venue and rid songs downloadable from their MySpace and PureVolume pages .

Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge and The Murder Scene ( 2003—2006 )



In 2003, the ring signed a record bargain with Reprise Records, and following a go with Avenged Sevenfold, they began work on their second album. The album was released in 2003, entitled Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, and the dance band released four singles from the album, “ I ‘m not Okay ( I Promise ) ”, “ Thank You for the Venom ”, “ Helena ” and “ The Ghost Of You ”. In 2004, the band replaced co-founder and drummer, Matt Pelissier, with Bob Bryar following a tour of Japan. At the startle of 2005, the band featured in the first-ever taste of Chaos Tour, and besides performed as an opening act to Green Day on their american Idiot enlistment. They then co-headlined the 2005 Warped Tour alongside Fall Out Boy and co-headlined another go around the US with Alkaline Trio and Reggie and the Full Effect. That like year, My Chemical Romance collaborated with boyfriend alternative rock dance band The Used on a top of “ Under blackmail ”, a Queen and David Bowie classic. In 2006, the dance band released their first live album, Life on the Murder Scene, incorporating a live compact disk and two survive DVDs, one of a know usher, music videos and their make and the other a documentary of the band ‘s history improving until that item. An unauthorized DVD biography Things That Make You Go MMM! was released in June 2006 that contained no subject by My Chemical Romance, but preferably included interviews with people that knew them ahead much of their fame. Another biography was released in 2006, written by Paul Stenning and entitled Something Wicked This Way Comes. The biography talks of them from their begin right through to their one-third album .

The Black Parade Era ( 2006—2008 )



In 2006, the band began recording their third base album, The Black Parade, with manufacturer Rob Cavallo, noted for working with similar melodious acts such as greens Day and Paramore. It was originally thought that the album would be titled “ The Rise and Fall of My Chemical Romance ”, but in an interview with Kerrang! Magazine, Gerard revealed “ It was never the title of the album, more a spoof, or antic. ” The first two music videos were completed on August 3rd ; “ Welcome to the Black Parade “ and “ Famous last Words “ were both directed by Samuel Bayer, noted for working with Nirvana on the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video recording and Green Day on the “ American Idiot ” television. During the shooting of “ Famous last Words ”, band members Gerard Way and Bob Bryar were injured ; Way pulled a ligament in his ankle and Bryar was burnt on the stage, which developed a staphylococcus infection requiring medical attention. These injuries, while mistakenly reported as the result of a car clang, caused My Chemical Romance to cancel a few enlistment dates. On August 22nd, 2006, My Chemical Romance played a one-off show at the Hammersmith Palais, all of the 1,800 tickets sold out in 15 minutes, and later, tickets could be found on democratic commercial websites such as eBay for well over the tickets ‘ confront rate. After the isthmus announced the album ‘s title, 20 people wearing hood black cloaks promoting the album paraded around Hammersmith while being followed by fans and members of the band ‘s street team, the MCRmy, holding plaques reading “ The Black Parade ”. At the display, the UK passing go steady and album name were confirmed. Before the band entered the stage, an announcement came over stating that the band could n’t make it, so another group, The Black Parade, would be playing in their stead. After some audience disapproval, it became obvious that it was merely My Chemical Romance adopting an alter-ego, continuing the composition of the album. “ Welcome to the Black Parade ”, the first single from the album, was released on September 11th, 2006, and the video was released on September 26th and 27th, 2006 in the UK and US respectively. The single became the first number one on the UK charts in October 2006, and The Black Parade was released the same calendar month, on the 23th and 24th in the UK and US respectively .

We have an article on this topic; for more information, see The Black Parade World Tour.

The Black Parade World Tour commenced on February 22, 2007, incorporating 133 shows featuring Rise Against, Thursday and Muse as supporting acts, while James Dewees, frontman of Reggie and the Full Effect with whom the band had toured with earlier in their career, played keyboard and synth. In April 2007, it was announced that Mikey would be taking a break from touring to spend time with his wife, Alicia Simmons-Way ; he was replaced by Matt Cortez, a friend of the isthmus. During the third base leg of the tour, My Chemical Romance, Muse and their respective road crews suffered from food poison, resulting in them having to cancel six shows. The band later featured on Linkin Park ‘s Projekt Revolution tour aboard Linkin Park, Placebo, Mindless Self Indulgence, Soasin, Taking Back Sunday and HIM. The band received desegregate accolades for its third album. In Kerrange! cartridge holder, issue 1139, The Black Parade was was rated as the fourth greatest album of 2006, and placed 20th on the Rolling Stone magazine ‘s fiftieth greatest album of the year besides. My Chemical Romance late won the award for Best International Band at the 2007 NME Awards, and Gerard was awarded the Hero of the Year prize ampere well. The band was besides nominated for Best Alternative Group at the 2007 American Music Awards.

The band late announced in a web log post on their web site that they would be going on a pause after a final go of America and that they were going to release a know CD/DVD album entitled The Black Parade Is Dead!. The album included two concerts from October 2007 ; more specifically, the concluding Black Parade usher in Mexico City and a smaller usher at Maxwell ‘s, New Jersey. The album was intended to be released on June 24 and 30, 2008 in the US and UK respectively, but both dates were postponed until July 1, 2008 due to a technical problem with the Mexico concert .

Danger Days ( 2009—2012 )



On May 27, 2009, My Chemical Romance ‘s web couturier, Jeff Watson, announced via the ring ‘s web site that the band was headed to the studio apartment to record their fourth full-length album. The recording took rate over the pursuit few weeks with producer Brendan O’Brien, who has worked with AC/DC, Mastodon, and Pearl Jam. In an consultation with NME, Gerard Way said the band ‘s future record would be a rock album, saying, “ I think ( the future album ) will decidedly be stripped down. I think the band misses being a rock band. ” In a offprint consultation with Idiomag, Way commented that the future liberation would be less theatrical in oscilloscope, stating that “ it ‘s not going to be hiding behind a obscure of fiction or uniforms and makeup anymore. ” In an interview with PopEater, Way besides stated that the future album will be “ full of hate. ” He besides said “ over the years that we ‘ve been hearing ourselves live and hearing us on records, we kind of prefer the bouncy. There ‘s more of a garage feel and more energy. I ‘d like to capture some of that, last. That ‘s the goal for the following one. ” On July 31 and August 1, 2009, My Chemical Romance played two “ hidden ” shows at The Roxy Theater in Los Angeles. The shows were the first concerts the isthmus had played since Madison Square Garden in May 2008. The ring besides premiered respective newfangled songs said to be from their approaching fourthly album during the shows, one reportedly titled “ Death Before Disco ”, a song that Way said he was particularly excited about. The birdcall was since renamed “ Party Poison ” and was included on the raw album. Way explained further in a Rolling Stone interview that “ it ‘s a completely different sound for the band — it ‘s like an anti-party birdcall that you can party to. I ca n’t wait for people to hear it. It brings back, lyrically, some of that fantastic fabrication from the first gear album. ” Gerard Way besides said in a November 2009 interview with Rock Sound that the fourth album would be their define sour. “ A acquaintance who heard the record recently said he now had no interest in listening to our older solve anymore, that we had made all our old material excess. I took it as a compliment, the future thing you should constantly make the last thing seem unimportant and I think that will happen when we last release this album. ” On March 3, 2010, Iero announced on their official web site that Bob Bryar had left the band, compose :

“ As of 4 weeks ago, My Chemical Romance and Bob Bryar parted ways. This was a atrocious decision for all of us to make and was not taken thinly. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and expect you all to do the like. ”

The band did not department of state reasons on why he left. In a March 2010 MTV interview about the new album, Way explained, “ There ‘s no title however … I ‘m actually kind of excite about that. It ‘s kind of ‘anything goes ‘ at this point, but I ‘m so happy with the songs. ” Though the band since decided on the entitle of their one-fourth album, it continued to go unannounced, with respective rumors circulating and the band stating on their web site that it will be revealed “ all in due time ” and in Way ‘s words, “ a special way this time. possibly some classify of event, something fun, something soon. ” During the San Diego Comic-Con 2010, Way announced that the ring had finished recording the fourth studio album. This was late confirmed by Iero on the ring ‘s web site, announcing that the album was “ done, finished, kaput, in the proverbial can, and being played loudly as we drive manner besides fast in our respective cars. ” In September, a preview television was uploaded to My Chemical Romance ‘s official YouTube page entitled Art is a Weapon, which announced the style of the album : Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. The video featured the set wearing queerly coloured outfits and battling unusual characters in a abandon smother, and featuring a sample of music from the sung “ Na Na Na ( Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na ) ”. celebrated comedian book generator and the set ‘s personal friend, Grant Morrison, makes a special appearance, in the function of an foe and leader of a band of mask characters. On September 22, 2010, the band premiered their birdcall “ Na Na Na ( Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na ) ” on Zane Lowe ‘s BBC Radio 1 usher, and Los Angeles-based radio post KROQ-FM. The album was released on November 22, 2010. Rock Sound had a preview of the album and gave a plus recapitulation, commenting “ the way they ’ ve used everything they learned on ‘ The Black Parade ’ and tightened up in certain places feel natural and confident ” and that it sees “ the creativity of the band taking trajectory musically, graphically and literally. ” Michael Pedicone joined the band as a touring drummer former in 2010, replacing Bryar. During a performance at Wembley Arena on February 12, 2011, Way announced that the band will be appearing at a UK festival late in the class, by and by confirmed as the Reading and Leeds Festivals, which they headlined. They besides performed at Radio 1 ‘s big weekend in Carlisle, Cumbria|Carlisle, England on May 15, 2011. On September 2, 2011, Frank Iero posted a web log on the ring ‘s site state, “ The relationship between My Chemical Romance and Michael Pedicone is over ” and explaining Pedicone was sacked because “ he was caught red handed stealing from the band and confessed to police after our indicate last night in Auburn, Washington. ” He besides mentioned his hope of getting a new drummer in time for their following show and avoiding having to cancel any performances in the march. On September 4, 2011, it was revealed through diverse sources that Jarrod Alexander would be the new touring drummer for the remainder of the Honda Civic tour. He besides performed with them in deep October at Voodoo Experience and at their australian + New Zealand shows at Big Day Out in early 2012 .

Fifth studio apartment album



In an consultation with Rolling Stone in October 2011, guitarist Frank Iero revealed that new music could be out “ by summer ”. In February 2012, the ring revealed that they have been building a studio in Los Angeles to record music for their fifth album. They would be working with engineer Doug McKean, who previously worked with them on The Black Parade and Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys .

Break Up



On March 22, 2013 My Chemical Romance announced their separation on their web site after 12 years being together with 4 studio albums and one that was in the make, known as of 2012 by MCR5. My Chemical Romance posted the follow statement on their official web site : “ Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true bless. We ‘ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We ‘ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We ‘ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your digest, and for being separate of the gamble. ” Gerard besides posted a letter on his Twitter report via Twitlonger called A Vigil, on Birds and Glass. On March 25, 2014, the ring released a greatest hits solicitation, entitled May Death Never Stop You, containing material spreading their entire career, adenine well a individual unreleased track. [ 2 ] The traverse “ Fake Your death ” was made available digitally on February 17 .

post Break Up



Following the band ‘s break-up, the members of the band continued to pursue music. lead singer Gerard Way announced his introduction solo album Hesitant Alien with the handout of an advance-single, “ Action Cat ”. Hesitant Alien was released on September 29, 2014 in the UK, and a day late in the U.S. Hesitant Alien was a moderate commercial success, topping the US Billboard Alternative Albums graph and reaching No. 16 on the US Billboard 200. Hesitant Alien besides topped the “ Ten Essential Albums Of 2014 ” number in Alternative Press. Rhythm guitarist Frank Iero sporadically collaborated with My Chemical Romance keyboardist James Dewees, forming Death Spells and performing in Reggie and the Full Effect ( alongside Ray Toro ), releasing No Country for Old Musicians on November 19, 2013. Afterwards, he announced via his official web site that he signed to Staple Records and would be releasing a full-length alone album entitled Stomachaches under the nickname of “ frnkiero andthe cellabration ”. The album featured erstwhile My Chemical Romance touring drummer Jarrod Alexander. Stomachaches was released cosmopolitan on August 25, 2014. Bassist Mikey Way formed Electric Century along with Sleep Station singer David Debiak in 2014 and released their introduction individual “ I Lied ” in February 2014. The duet announced their debut self-titled EP on March 10, 2015 and was released on Record Store Day on April 18, 2015. lead guitarist Ray Toro posted a song on his SoundCloud account entitled “ Is n’t That Something ” on May 24, 2013. On January 1, 2015 he posted a new song, titled “ For the Lost and Brave ”, on his web site, dedicating the birdcall to Leelah Alcorn, a transgender adolescent who committed suicide .

Reunion Scare



On October 15th, 2013, My Chemical Romance ‘s official chitter page was re-verified. This led fans to believe something may be happening and that the isthmus may be reuniting to release MCR5. Along with the reverification, the band ‘s chitter bio was besides changed. It read “ sometimes, in orderliness to grow, you must tear down everything that came before ”. This information has since been changed. It was later revealed that this change was the solution of hackers, who have been since banned from Twitter .




On July 20, 2016, My Chemical Romance posted a video on their official YouTube account entitled “ MCRX. ” The video recording, which is merely 34 seconds hanker, depicts a flag with a cross-shaped symbol curl in the wind, and the piano initiation to “ Welcome to the Black Parade ” plays doubly. A date, “ 9.23.16, ” is displayed at the end of the video recording. It was noted that, since The Black Parade was released on October 23, 2006, its ten-year anniversary will take place in 2016 ( and X is the Roman numeral for ten ). As to why the date depicted in “ MCRX ” is September 23 as opposed to October 23, no democratic theory has been proposed ; however, the music and date included in the video recording led many fans to believe that My Chemical Romance will have a reunion go. Leading up to the video recording ‘s upload, it was noticed that My Chemical Romance ‘s tweet concerning their separation had been deleted. The “ Tour ” foliate of their web site had besides read, “ Check back soon for more details on the approaching enlistment. ” additionally, new merchandise, printed with the cross symbol from “ MCRX, ” was released on their on-line store and in Hot Topic. however, the day after the video was released – and fans had thoroughly voiced their readiness for the band ‘s reunion – My Chemical Romance revealed through their official Facebook page that no reunion event of any kind was to take place – that alternatively, there would be a especial release in honor of Black Parade ‘s tenth anniversary :

“ We ‘ve been actually touched and blown away by the reaction to the teaser trailer. We are not touring and there is no reunion planned – only a secrete for the anniversary of The Black Parade. Thanks thus a lot for continuing to keep MCR in your minds and in your hearts. ”

many fans expressed disappointment at the fact that the band ‘s “ Tour ” foliate still hinted at a new go ; however, it is probable that this was simply left on the page before the band ‘s separation, as a default message in between tours.

reunion and Future ( 2019 – present )



On October 31, 2019, the ring announced they would be reuniting with a go steady in Los Angeles on December 20 and a new trade line. The announcement was accompanied by the captions “ Return ” and “ Like Phantoms Forever … ”. They have besides uploaded photos on their web site.

The December 20th, 2019 reunion testify sold out in 4 minutes despite high ticket prices. Believed initially to be a one-off prove, about a week late, the isthmus announced more dates in Australia, Japan and New Zealand for 2020. They late revealed via Twitter that they had first regrouped in 2017 and had been working together since then, before the official 2019 announcement. The concert grossed $ 1,451,745, with an attendance of 5,113. In January 2020, the group announced plans to present one, then two, then three concerts at Stadium MK ( Milton Keynes, England ), on 18, 20 and 21 of June 2020 as tickets for each day sold out within minutes. The stadium has an ( all round ) capacity of 30,500 for sports events. late in the calendar month, the group premiered a cryptic television on YouTube which ended by announcing a north american go. These were by and by postponed to 2021 and again to 2022. The band has besides announced european and australian shows .

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