At the end of 2019, My Chemical Romance returned from a 6+ year hiatus – sparking a flame into former scene kids’ hearts that they may have forgotten existed. While the band’s 2020 is certainly packed with shows worldwide, one thing their return has also spawned is plenty of covers. While not all of these renditions are terribly impressive, we sure found one that is a few days ago.
Late Friday night, My Chemical Romance (joined by the excellent Thursday as well) enraptured a capacity crowd with their first show in over 7 years. If you haven’t been on social media for the last 24 hours or so, know this – it’s basically all the music scene is talking about right now. And why not? When the band disbanded in 2013, it surely shattered a lot of young hearts.
However, the band’s return to the stage was, by all accounts, a highly successful one. It’s certainly one that fans of the band – especially those lucky enough to attend – will remember forever. Did we mention that the setlist was pretty great, or that the band OPENED with “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”? Wild. Thanks to the power of Twitter, and plenty of other users that were there, we’ve got plenty of live footage of the band’s comeback show. Roll on if you’re into it.
Few bands can claim that their popularity post-breakup may well exceed it while the band was still active. My Chemical Romance, though the band has been dead for 6 years now, is always the constant source of “OMG will they come back please” news pieces. Don’t worry, we won’t be participating in those.
Anyhow, it’s pretty clear that the band accomplished much in their decade+ together. Touring with Linkin Park? Check. Platinum records? Check. A vanguard for the Myspace generation? Double check. The list of accolades the band racked up is certainly a special one, but now we ask ourselves this – just how did the band get so big? Our friends at The Punk Rock MBA – as well as us – weigh in.
After releasing a Halloween-themed single a few short weeks ago, Gerard Way has released another new single in relatively quick succession. The new track, “Getting Down The Germs”, surfaced overnight – and it’s the 2nd new track he’s released since 2015. While there’s no news about a new EP or album, any new music from the former My Chemical Romance vocalist and The Umbrella Academy creator is always good news. Check out the new song below.
The new music from Gerard Way is his first since 2014 solo effort Hesitant Alien, which is still a fantastic record if you’ve not yet listened to it. A departure from My Chemical Romance in all the right ways, really.