My Chemical Romance call it day

It’s the end of an era as emo rockers My Chemical Romance have called it a day.  The Daily Shift’s Roisin Peddle reports…

MCR in 2006

MCR in 2006

 

My Chemical Romance announced their split in a statement on their website yesterday.

“Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing,” the statement said.

“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.”

My Chemical Romance were founded in 2001 by singer Gerard Way and drummer Matt Pelissier. The pair were soon joined by Gerard Way’s brother Mikey, Ray Toro and Frank Iero, and picking their name from an Irvine Welsh book, they released their first album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love in 2002.

The band first tasted major success with 2004’s Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge. They toured with Green Day in 2005 with their second album going platinium the same year. Songs including ‘Helena’, ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’ and ‘The Ghost of You’ ensured an extremely loyal teenage fanbase.

Their true commercial success came with 2006’s The Black Parade. Radio-friendly singles ‘Teenagers’ and ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ gave the band chart success. However, mainstream success eluded them with 2010’s The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys. Bob Bryar, Pelissier’s replacement since 2004, left the band the same year.

The band courted some controversy in the media, as some quarters blamed their angsty lyrics for self-harm among teenagers. The band themselves hated the ’emo’ label, with Gerard Way saying: “Basically, it’s never been accurate to describe us. Emo bands were being booked while we were touring with Christian metal bands because no one would book us on tours.

“I think emo is fucking garbage, it’s bullshit. I think there’s bands that unfortunately we get lumped in with that are considered emo and by default that starts to make us emo.”

*Lead image via Wikimedia Commons

It’s the end of an era as emo rockers My Chemical Romance have called it a day.  The Daily Shift’s Roisin Peddle reports…

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