My Chemical Romance band finally held a reunion after 6 years of disbandment. It was certainly very happy for many of their loyal fans from all over the world.
To celebrate the reunion, let’s look at what traces of My Chemical Romance’s career since it was formed in 2001. Apparently, Gerard Way formed My Chemical Romance because it was inspired by 9/11.
My Chemical Romance was formed by vocalist Gerard Way and drummer Matt Pelissier in Newark, New Jersey. They formed the band shortly after 9/11, which destroyed the World Trade Center building.
At that time, Gerrard wrote the song ‘Skylines and Turnstiles’ which was inspired by the tragedy. In order to run well, Gerard invited Ray Toro to be the guitarist and his younger brother, Mikey Way, as a bass guitar player.
Mikey also named My Chemical Romance inspired by one of the books by Irvine Welsh, ‘Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance’.
After making several demo songs, Gerrard, Matt, Ray, and Mikey visited the record company Eyeball Records. At this time, they met with the second guitarist, Frank Lero, who also took part in the album ‘I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love’.
Because the album can be downloaded for free through PureVolume, My Chemical Romance is widely known by the public. MySpace social networking sites also have a big hand in enlarging their fanbase.
In 2003, My Chemical Romance joined Reprise Records, a record company far bigger than Eyeball Records. After touring with Avenged Sevenfold, they began working on a new album titled ‘Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge’ which was released in 2004.
Just one month after the album was released, Matt resigned and his position was replaced by Bob Bryar. Thanks to three popular songs, ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’, ‘Helena’, and ‘The Ghost of You’, the album managed to get a platinum certificate in just one year.
Although basically My Chemical Romance is an alternative rock band, the style of dress when promoting the album ‘Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge’, it made them popular as an emo band. What’s more, the My Chemical Romance album is part of the ‘Taste of Chaos’ tour made by the top screamo / emo band, The Used, and the post-hardcore / metalcore band, Killswitch Engage.
At this time, My Chemical Romance also often appeared at major festivals and tours. Including ‘The American Idiot Tour’ from Green Day, and the 2005 Warped Tour which also featured Fall Out Boy, Alkaline Trio, and Reggie and the Full Effect.
Not wanting to lose momentum, My Chemical Romance released ‘Life on the Murder Scene’. This is a documentary album that tells the history of My Chemical Romance, and how they carried out the process of the album ‘I Brought You Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love’, and ‘Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge’.
In 2006, My Chemical Romance contacted producer Rob Cavallo to assist in the cultivation of a third album which was deliberately made as a concept album.
In order to bring out the horrifying supernatural element, the members of My Chemical Romance even did the recording process at Paramour Estate. The location is a house in California, United States which has been famous for being scary and haunted.
From their exciting experience recording at the house, was born the album ‘Black Parade’ which contains 14 songs. The themes in the song also felt very dark, ranging from dangerous diseases to death and parties in the afterlife.
Interestingly, there are many experimental elements in every song on the album ‘Black Parade’. Starting from the reference to the laughter of cartoon character Woody Woodpecker in the guitar solo song ‘Dead’. Then there is the sampling of the voice of the mother of Gerard and Mikey Way, and Frank Lero on the song ‘Mama’.
Not only in terms of music and lyrics, My Chemical Romance really thinks about the style of dress and appearance. Gerard even deliberately put white paint on his hair to make it look like someone who was suffering from a chronic disease and almost died.
The costumes worn by the members of My Chemical Romance in the video clips ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ and ‘Famous Last Words’ were even created by Coleen Atwood. As is known, Coleen Atwood is a designer who has been known for thanks to famous films from Tim Burton, such as ‘Edward Scissorshands’ and ‘Sweeney Todd’.
Cool again, all the characters who appear in the video clip ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ have a name, even Gerard had explained that the skull icon on the album cover was named Pepe.
Armed with all these uniqueness, the album ‘Black Parade’ makes the name My Chemical Romance legendary. They inevitably have to hold a tour for two years.
‘Black Parade’ finally succeeded in occupying the position of the four best albums in the Kerrang version! Magazine in 2006. My Chemical Romance also won the ‘Best International Band’ at the 2007 NME Awards, and was nominated for the ‘Best Alternative Group’ at the 2007 American Music Awards.
In 2009, My Chemical Romance released the single ‘Desolation Row’, which is a cover of the song Bob Dylan. The song became the soundtrack of the film ‘Watchmen’, and the prefix of the fourth album My Chemical Romance.
My Chemical Romance is quite difficult when I want to finish my fourth album. Because, Gerard was about to disperse My Chemical Romance after the ‘Black Parade’, and drummer Bob Bryar resigned.
In 2010, the album ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ was released along with the hit single ‘Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)’. Different from ‘Black Parade’, on this album Gerard Way and his friends appear in more colorful costumes, without makeup.
Unfortunately, the album ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ is not as popular as ‘Black Parade’. The position of the drums keeps changing and it is very visible how the formation of My Chemical Romance becomes less sturdy.
My Chemical Romance continues to stagger after releasing its fourth album. Although in terms of selling the album in demand, Gerard Way seems to have begun to focus as a comic artist. While Frank Lero, began to form a solo project.
Sure enough, My Chemical Romance officially broke up on March 22, 2013. After one year, released the greatest hits album titled ‘May Death Never Stop You’.
Gerard Way had released a solo album titled ‘Hesitant Alien’ which successfully topped the US Billboard Alternative Album charts in 2014. While Ray Toro, made two solo songs titled ‘Isn’t That Something’, and ‘For the Lost and Brave’ Frank Iero formed the band Death Spells, while Mikey Way formed Electric Century. Their solo project continues to run well, so the possibility of reunions is increasingly difficult to occur.
Fortunately, Mark Hoppus, bassist and vocalist of Blink 182, successfully united Gerrard, Ray, Mikey, and Frank to hold a reunion concert this year. The My Chemical Romance Concert is planned to be held on December 20 in California, United States.