My Chemical Romance: An Unforgettable Career

Austin Burel

Assistant Editor

After twelve years on the stage, the alternative rock band My Chemical Romance has decided to put an end to their legacy. The band acted as inspiration for young artists, and their lyrics were a connection to the fans who supported them throughout the changes that time would create. Over time, the band added to its fan base. By becoming more and more well-known, the quintet began touring across the nation, and ultimately the globe, inspiring many young fans to persevere and aspire to be whatever they wanted to be.

The band was formed by front-man Gerard Way and drummer Matt Pelissier, in Jersey City, New Jersey, only a week after the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. After watching the attack, Way began looking at life from a new perspective, and because of this, he decided to form a band. “Skylines and Turnstiles,” one of the band’s first songs, was written based on the experiences that Way had on the day of the attack. Shortly after the formation of thMCR AB 2e band, Ray Toro was inducted to play guitar because at the time, Way was unable to sing and play guitar simultaneously. The band began recording in Pelissier’s attic, where “Cubicles” and “Our Lady of Sorrows” were recorded. The product of the members’ efforts was their first demo, which they called “The Attic Demos.” Way’s younger brother, Mikey, joined the band after listening to the demo. The band got its name from its bassist Mikey Way, who noticed a book while he was working at Barnes and Nobles; it was titled Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance.

After gaining a bassist, My Chemical Romance signed with Eyeball Records. While with the record label, the band introduced Frank Iero, who would play rhythm guitar. Just days after Iero’s inductions, the band recorded their debut album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. In 2003, the band broke away from Eyeball Records and signed with Reprise Records, where they began recording their second album. Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge was released in 2004, and in just over a year, it went platinum. Sophomore Haleigh Coussou states, “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge is my favorite album, because it really established their sound.” After going on tour in Japan, the band replaced drummer Matt Pelissier with Bob Bryar.

Their next album, Life on the Murder Scene, was released in 2006. With the album came two DVDs; one was of music videos and live performances, and the other contained interviews with the band. On April 10th of 2006, the band began recording its third studio album: The Black Parade. On this album is a song entitled “Famous Last Words,” which was released as a single of the album. While filming the music video for the song, Gerard Way tore a ligament in his ankle, and Bob Bryar received a severe burn on his leg, an injury that would lead to a staph infection that needed consistent medical attention. Due to injuries to two of the band members, they had no choice but to cancel some of the dates for their tour. On October 20th, 2006, The Black Parade was released to the public. Sophomore David Schwieger states, “The Black Parade is by far my favMCR AB 3orite album; every track has a deep meaning behind it.” On February 22, 2007, the band began its “The Black Parade World Tour,” which would arrive in 133 cities and feature Rise Against, Muse, and Thursday as opening acts for My Chemical Romance. Two months into the tour it was announced that bassist Mikey Way would be leaving the tour to spend time with his new wife; his temporary replacement was Matt Cortez, and Mikey rejoined the band before the recording of its next album.

On May 27th, 2009, it was announced that My Chemical Romance was headed to the studio to record a new album, and by November 22, 2010, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys was released. On the band’s official website, Iero announced that drummer Bob Bryar had left the band. He wrote, “As of 4 weeks ago, My Chemical Romance and Bob Bryar parted ways. This was a painful decision for all of us to make and was not taken lightly. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and expect you all to do the same.” Late in 2010, Michael Pedicone was introduced as a replacement drummer for Bryar, but the cooperation between Pedicone and My Chemical Romance did not last. On September 2, 2011, Pedicone was removed from the band. Iero posted on the band’s blog, explaining, “The relationship between My Chemical Romance and Michael Pedicone is over…he was caught red handed stealing from the band and confessed to police after our show last night in Auburn, Washington.” Two days later, various sources announced that Jarrod Alexander would be the new touring drummer. In October of 2011, the band claimed that they could have new music out by summer and that the members were funding the construction of a recording studio in Los Angeles, where they would be recording for their next album.

From October of 2012 to February of 2013 two songs were released every month; the compilation formed an album entitled Conventional Weapons. Despite twelve years of success, the band was unable to rectify its rocky relationship, because of contradicting priorities, such as family or the band. On March 22, 2013, My Chemical Romance announced its demise. The band posted on its blog: “Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing…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.”

The songs that the band wrote over its career were filled with lyrics that relieved, consoled, and ultimately inspired its fans. Despite the changes throughout the years, its followers consistently supported every path that the band decided to take, and its members thrived off the admiration of the hundreds of thousands, but the band has assured its fans that it will not be reuniting. After a very impressive career, no one will forget the legacy of My Chemical Romance.

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