My Chemical Romance

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My Chemical Romance (formed 2001)

Current members: Gerard Way, Mikey Way, Frank Iero, Ray Toro and Bob Bryar.

My Chemical Romance's debut album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love was released on Eyeball Records in 2002. Shortly afterwards, they were signed to Reprise Records, who released their major label debut, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge in 2004. The album sold over one million copies and propelled them to commercial success.

My Chemical Romance: The Early Years

About a week after the 11th September terrorist attacks in New York (2001), Gerard Way and drummer Matt Pelissier decided to form a band. 'Skylines and Turnstiles' was an expression of Gerard's feelings about September 11th. Ray Toro was asked to join the band because Gerard struggled singing and playing guitar at the same time.

Matt Pelissier's attic was the venue in which the band held their first recording session, referred to as 'The Attic Demos.' Gerard's younger brother, Mikey, loved the songs so much, he dropped out of college and joined the band.

My Chemical Romance met the band Pencey Prep whilst signed to Eyeball Records. When Pencey Prep broke up, their lead vocalist / guitarist, Frank Iero, joined My Chemical Romance, just days before MCR's album was recorded.

My Chemical Romance: The commercial breakthrough

My Chemical Romance signed with Reprise in 2003. After a major tour with Avenged Sevenfold, the band started to work on their second album. The album went platinum in less than a year.

During this period, My Chemical Romance replaced Pelissier with Bob Bryar. There were issues with Pelissier's ability to keep time with the rest of the band and rumour has it that Ray Toro insulted him by asking him to play with a metronome. Some fans wondered why Pelissier was dismissed and not Gerard Way, who was taking a large amount of drugs at this time. However, Gerard has now been clean and sober since August 2006.

In 2006, the band released a 2 DVD / 1 CD set titled Life On The Murder Scene. The package chronicled the band's history, as well as containing their music videos and some live performances. An unofficial DVD, Things That Make You Go MMM! Was also released the same year but contained no footage of the band, or any of the music. Instead, it contains interviews with people who knew the band before they found fame.

My Chemical Romance's third studio album was entitled The Black Parade, released in 2007. Whilst filming the promotional video for 'Famous Last Words,' Gerard Way and Bob Bryar incurred injuries, forcing the band to cancel tour dates.

The world tour for The Black Parade featured Muse, Thursday and Rise Against as support acts. The frontman from the band Reggie and The Full Effect, James Dewees, was announced as keyboardist / synth player for the tour and is now an official band member.

They replaced Jay Leno as one-off presenters of his The Tonight Show and played 'Famous Last Words' at the end of the show, with flames bursting behind them.

Along with Placebo, Mindless Self Indulgence, HIM, Saosin, and Taking Back Sunday, MCR were part of Linkin Park's major 'Projekt Revolution' tour.

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yeah! i love this band is my FAVOURITE band...i love gerard way and company!!!!!!!yeah!!

8 years 4 days ago
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i really love My Chemical Romance! especially Gerard Way... i wish i could see this band PERSONALLY in the future. PLEASE GOD ANSWER MY PRAYER! this is what im asking for to happen. and my message to Gerard and Bob... "Get well soon and good luck to your future concerts."

8 years 1 week ago
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what?!?!? my chemical romance are amazing live!they all have so much energy and their SO different from any other rock act ,and yeah they are hot ,but so what? none of their real fans would like them any less if they were'nt! they are such an insparation to any new bands starting out coz of a-their amazing sound b-the great shows they put on c-how much they love their fans and d-their message, it's okay to be different, but never let anyone mess you about and for f*cks sake don't pull the f*cking triggerthey truly are the best f*cking band in existence!!!!!!!

8 years 1 month ago
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i LOVE Gerard, he's my favorite band member, but i still luv the rest of the band. what's sad is that their tour never comes to my state. i love their music and everything about them. and i just what to say that gerard said himself that they are not emo, they're punk rock. which one is older, Mikey or Gerard? i think it's Gerard. oh and it was Gerard's 30th birthday on the 9th! happy birthday!

7 years 3 months ago
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MY Chemical Romance is the best band ever! Gerard is so sexy too! I own all their cd even their demo! I own it all! I LOVE MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE!!!!!!!!

6 years 9 months ago
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Hahaha omg 'mrs gerard ways' comment.. I can't stand girls like that..Ok he is hot but you know. Hm yeah dunnoMy Chemical Romance is f**king great. I just read a funny as interview hehe.Oh yea.. I was reading in an interview how gee used to ask the crowd "who wants to f**k my band"and then he said he's like is that all your here for the bands appearance and how hot they are.. but i was thinking that i would definately be there for the music but what if you loved the band and their music so f**king much that's the reason you would f**k them lol

8 years 4 months ago
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gOtHiC...rOcKgUrL16

GERARD WAY is sssooooooooo HOT!!! i wanna see him... i wanna see him... I WANNA SEE HIM!!! did anyone find his screen name?!?? i wanna have a nice chat with him soon...

8 years 1 week ago
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did anyone find out gerards screen name

8 years 5 months ago
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oh my god i am so excited im oing to c MCR tomorrow in manchester and i bet its reli good! i love gerard way so much i think i will die when i see him. i think they are the verry best band on the plannet at the moment! well i just wanted to say how much i love you.

8 years 9 months ago
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mcr are sooo super!they're definatly not splitting, its all the tabloids just finding something to write about(saddos)i love their lyrics and just watched a video of gerard putting on makeup and showing a presenter of some show how to put it on too!i was kind of shocked when i found out how gerard does the black line across his eyes so well, it turns out, he puts tape on his face(he looked so funny with it on)i especially like ray because of his great hair!!does anybody know when they're playing in ireland next??

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