Selling over 3 million copies in the USA alone, My Chemical Romance’s sophomore album Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge was the band’s initial mainstream breakout record. Containing massive singles like “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”, “Helena”, and the iconic “The Ghost Of You”, it saw the band expanding their growing songwriting ambitions and Gerard Way improving his vocal abilities into an album that struck a chord with millions of fans, young and older, alike.
The album, which celebrates its 14th anniversary today, remains a relevant cultural touchtone, even after the band’s breakup earlier this decade. And while MCR may not be a band anymore, there are plenty who still feel TCFSR is an important record in alternative culture.
While speculation has been flying regarding which bands are taking part in the final cross-country Warped Tour in 2018, it’s likely Kevin Lyman will go full-stop in ensuring its final lineup is one to remember. And while there are undoubtedly certain bands that fans would love to see reunited, the fact is that some reunions just aren’t happening.
Ahhhhhh, to be young again. For many who did get to see bands like Paramore, My Chemical Romance, and Fall Out Boy over a decade ago, consider yourself lucky. Granted, the stages these bands were playing on at Vans Warped Tour during the summer weren’t exactly small, but they weren’t the arena-level status that these bands are now (or would be, if MCR were still a band).
Proof that there is nothing better than seeing your favorite band can be found below, in the form of My Chemical Romance’s 2005 live performance of “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”. We’ll let you cry your little scene hearts out since they’re not a band anymore, but it’s also important to note how fantastic Gerard Way’s solo stuff is. They had a great run and accomplished huge things. Nothing left on the table.
Released 11 years ago in 2006, My Chemical Romance’s third album The Black Parade was certainly a drastic change in sound at the time. Looking back on the album, The Black Parade seemingly owed more to the theatrical nature of bands like Queen and even David Bowie, and viewed through the lens of a now older fanbase, those massive influences become more apparent.
It was also the album that vaulted them into definite mainstream status, going gold or platinum in many countries, and while the theatrical and conceptual nature of the album won over many critics, the fans were ensnared by the good songwriting – proving that even 11 years later, there is no substitute for writing great songs. Clearly, teenagers still scare the living shit out of me.