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.
Whether you were a massive fan of them or not, My Chemical Romance had (and still has) a rabid fanbase that would probably erupt like a volcano if they ever got back together. Despite being inactive for quite a few years, there’s still a smidge of hope that the band might reunite someday.
Two years ago the hugely famous rock band, My Chemical Romance fell apart. Front-man Gerard Way later commented that “the end of Black Parade felt like a very natural end” and when writing their fourth album, Danger Days: The Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, he said he “felt like betraying some sort of artistic command that I had within myself”. It seemed that MCR was destined to hold their spot at the top, with their iconic album Black Parade, and that Gerard wasn’t ready to passionately continue onward afterwards.
But hold it right there! You read the title of this article; My Chemical Romance, ready to start again! So what’s happened recently that leads to such a brash conclusion? Well the astute eyes over at Kill The Music, noticed a few things that could prove that MCR isn’t ready to disappear yet.