My Chemical Romance has disbanded after 12 years together, according to a statement posted at the band's website on Friday night (March 22nd). The statement read, "Being in this band for the past 12 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."
- Lead singer Gerard Way wrote later that evening at his personal Twitter account, "Beyond any sadness, what I feel the most is pride."
- Although the band never considered themselves part of the musical genre known as "emo," they were partly responsible for the term entering mainstream pop culture and for the music gaining a hold with the public.
- Guitarist Ray Toro told us a while back that he thought the secret to the band's success was staying true to themselves and their music: "I think the most important part for a lasting career is to be in touch with your fans and cultivate that strong relationship with them and, you know, be very honest about who you are and be honest with your music. That's what makes a band have a career, you know -- always be honest with yourselves and always be true to your music and true to yourself and true to your fans."
- My Chemical Romance was formed in New Jersey in 2001 by high school friends Way and original drummer Matt Pelissier, with the band filled out by guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, plus Way's brother Mikey on bass.
- The band's independent debut, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, was issued in 2002.
- The group signed a major deal with Reprise Records in 2003 and issued its second album, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, the following year.
- The disc was the band's commercial breakthrough, yielding the singles "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)," "Helena" and "Ghost Of You," while selling more than a million copies.
- Matt Pelissier was replaced by Bob Bryar in 2004, with Bryar himself exiting in 2010 and followed by non-permanent touring drummers.
- 2006 saw the release of a rock opera called The Black Parade, which reached Number Two on the Billboard album chart.
- In early 2010 the band began recording its fourth studio album, only to scrap the sessions and start from scratch. The disc that eventually arrived in late 2010 was Danger Days: The True Lives of Fabulous Killjoys. The scrapped sessions were released online earlier this year as Conventional Weapons.
- As recently as late 2012, My Chemical Romance was reported to be working on a new album.
DID YOU KNOW? Lead singer Gerard Way is a successful comic book writer, launching his series The Umbrella Academy in 2007. The book won the Eisner Award in 2008, the highest honor given in the comic book industry.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Care to speculate on why these guys broke up?
- Do you think Gerard just wants to concentrate more on his writing career?
- Could the band have just become tired of record industry politics?
- Will you miss My Chemical Romance? Are you sad to see them go?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Rolling Stone and Loudwire -- agree or not?
Daryl Joseph Mamacos wrote: "one less emo band. Good riddance."
Mycah Edgar wrote: "Really? Just because you don't like them doesn't mean they didn't mean the world to others."
Gabe Emerson Bliss wrote: "I never was a big fan of the band, but I'm sad to see them go. They deserve our respect for their 12 years of dedication and hard work to bring the world happiness through song."
Matthew Foss wrote: "their music stopped me from suicide twice."
Bere Weillschmidt wrote: "You were a great part of my life. I'll miss you. But I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you did for me in the hardest of times. Thanks to you, I'm still here."
yay wrote: "GOOD RIDDANCE! Horrible band, horrible music, horrible influence on their listeners."
CHECK IT OUT: Read more of the fans' reactions at http://www.mychemicalromance.com/community
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My Chemical Romance's Ray Toro On Staying True To Themselves
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