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My Chemical Romance

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My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance

Courtesy Reprise Records

Formed:

2001 - New Jersey.

Band Members:

  • Gerard Way - Vocals
  • Mikey Way - Bass
  • Frank Iero - Rhythm Guitar
  • Ray Toro - Lead Guitar

Quote From Gerard Way:

"Punk is something that you believe in, not really dictated to you by something else. It's not a fashion style."

Early Days:

My Chemical Romance came into being in 2001 when vocalist Gerard Way and drummer Matt Pelissier (who would later be asked to leave in August 2004) decided to form a band. Way asked guitarist Ray Toro to join the pair. The lineup of My Chemical Romance became complete when Gerard Way's brother Mikey and Frank Iero joined. The new group began touring around the northeast U.S.

Trivia Fact About My Chemical Romance:

The song "Helena" is about the grandmother of Gerard and Mikey Way. According to Gerard she was an artist who taught him to sing, paint and perform. She bought My Chemical Romance their first van for touring. Her funeral was a formative event in the lives of Gerard and Mikey Way.

First Album:

My Chemical Romance signed with New York-based independent record label Eyeball Records for their first album. I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love was produced by Geoff Rickly, lead vocalist of the group Thursday, and released in 2002. The tone of the album was very dark and the group were frequently compared to Thursday.

'Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge':

In 2003 My Chemical Romance signed a major label contract with Warner Brothers subsidiary Reprise Records. They set to work on a second album. Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge appeared in June 2004. It was designed as a concept album about two lovers who die in a gunfight in the desert. Much of the album's music is relentlessly loud, intense, and fast. The album debuted at #103 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart at the end of June 2004 and began a long, very slow climb up the chart. After more than a year on the album chart it peaked at #28 and was certified platinum with the single "Helena" hitting the pop top 40.

'The Black Parade':

My Chemical Romance had tremendous momentum heading into the release of their next album. The release of The Black Parade was preceded in the fall of 2006 by a well-received performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. The album debuted at #2 on the album chart in both the US and the UK with stellar critical reviews. The single "Welcome to the Black Parade" also hit the top 10 on the pop singles chart. The album is a concept piece about death.

'Danger Days' and the End:

My Chemical Romance toured in support of The Black Parade until May 2008 and then the band took a break. In March 2010 the band announced the departure of drummer Bob Bryar. In September the single "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" hit radio with a new album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys set to hit stores November 22, 2010. The album's sales were disappointing only reaching #8 on the album chart and failing to be certified gold.

Between October 2012 and February 2013 My Chemical Romance released a series of singles that collectively were considered the Conventional Weapons project. Five double A side singles were released on vinyl. On March 22, 2013 the band announced their breakup.

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