My Chemical Romance Calls it Quits

Posted on April 19, 2013 by


After twelve years, the Jersey-based band My Chemical Romance announced that, on the 22 March, it has “come to an end.”

The band was originally formed by front-man Gerard Way and former drummer Matt Pelissier approximately one week after the 9/11 attacks. In a previous interview, Way stated that witnessing the planes crash into the World Trade center influenced his life to the extent that he decided to start a rock band.

Although frequently and most controversially proclaimed an “emo” band, Way previously showed his disagreement in this classification.

Within a year, My Chemical Romance, composed of Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Mikey Way, Matt Pelissier, and Frank Lero, were signed to a minor record company producing their debut album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love (2002), which they offered as a free download through a sharing site as well as MySpace, where their initial fan base originated.

Within the decade , MCR produced three more albums: Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (2004), The Black Parade (2006), and their most recent, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (2010).

In 2005, My Chemical Romance was nominated for “Best New Artist in a Video,” “Best Rock Video,” and “Best Choreography in a Video” for “Helena” at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Although an American originated band, MCR had more achievements in European awards, such as the NME awards in which they won “Best International Band” in 2007 and 2011, “Best Video” for “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)” as well as numerous wins in the Kerrang! Awards held in the United Kingdom.

However, on Saturday 22 March 2013, the band issued a statement on their official website announcing their disbandment.

The statement on is shown below:

“Being in this band for the past twelve years has been a true blessing. 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 support, and for being part of the adventure.
—My Chemical Romance”

@gerardway tweeted two days after the website announcement confirming the disbanding of the group, and denied that any altercations between band members was the reason for the split.

“We were spectacular. Every show I knew this, every show I felt it with or without external confirmation. There were some clunkers, sometimes our secondhand gear broke, sometimes I had no voice—we were still great. It is this belief that made us who we were, but also many other things, all of them vital. And all of the things that made us great were the very things that were going to end us,” Way wrote.

So perhaps the romance was strained and the chemical bonds faded out, but as Way said in his closing statement, “My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die. It is alive in me, in the guys, and it is alive inside all of you. I always knew that, and I think you did too.”

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