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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.

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.

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Tom Bryant - The True Lives of My Chemical Romance Book Review


It seems to be a necessary yet tiresome evil that band biography writers never miss a chance to emphasise how many times they were granted unique and "unparalleled access" to the rock stars' inner circle. This may not be a trap that music journalist Tom Bryant manages to swerve, but it's easy to appreciate how it might be a laudable achievement to truly get under the skin of My Chemical Romance.

Tom Bryant - The True Lives of My Chemical Romance Book Review

Adored by many, derided by others, the band that typified yet shunned the radio-friendly emo revival of the mid-noughties endured a tough but rapid rise to the top. When journalists forever seemed to want to ask more questions about whether their music encouraged teens to self-harm, the group were understandably wary of media insight.

Stripping away the tabloid scare-mongering and knitting together countless interviews and encounters spanning the rockers' twelve-year career, the author presents a commemorative and full-storied tapestry detailing the "MCR" journey from New Jersey nothingness to arena-filling, chart-topping, platinum-selling icons of the 21st century alternative scene before their split in 2012. With the help of countless archive photos, Bryant does a particularly fine job of narrating the behind-the-scenes story of the Ways - the two brothers central to the formation, longevity and success of the band.

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A Look Into What My Chemical Romance Members Are Up To Since Their Split


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Break ups are usually always messy - especially when you’re a gigantic rock band that has sold millions and millions of records during a twelve year career. For My Chemical Romance, their departure from the music scene still stings - but the members are trying to ease the pain as much as they can with some new music with their new projects.

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My Chemical Romance, who disbanded in early 2013, scored two top ten albums and multiple top ten singles throughout their illustrious career. From their early days with 2004’s Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge all the way to 2010’s Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, My Chemical Romance has made their mark as one of the most influential rock bands in recent memory, and their breakup wasn’t taken lightly. “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,” the band said when breaking the news.

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Reading Festival 2014

Gerard Way and My Chemical Romance - Perform live at Reading Festival 2014 on day 1 of the festival in Reading, United Kingdom - Friday 22nd August 2014

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Gerard Way and My Chemical Romance
Gerard Way and My Chemical Romance
Gerard Way and My Chemical Romance
Gerard Way and My Chemical Romance

Bottled Off: 10 Bands Who Suffered Worse Fate Than Macaulay Culkin's Pizza Underground


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Macaulay Culkin and his pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band, the imaginatively named The Pizza Underground, suffered the chagrin of a disgruntled crown in Nottingham during the city’s annual Dot To Dot festival. Culkin, who was by this point half-way through a European tour, beat a hasty retreat from the stage after being drenched with beer.

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Macaulay isn't the first star to feel the audience's ire.

It proved, that in this age of disconnect, where audience members can turn to the comforts of smart phones during lacklustre gigs, music fans are still eager to openly voice their displeasure. Only a few days later, Culkin announced the cancellation of the remaining tour dates. He has not openly cited the event as the primary motivation for such a cancellation, but it seems all too obvious that the hostile reception he received had severely impacted the decision. Macaulay is far from being the first to suffer the wrath of an embittered crowd and few are safe from the ramifications of a poor or ill-judged performance. Here are ten examples of performers receiving a severe dressing down from irate audiences:

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Leeds and Reading Festival Line Up: Gerard Way Among The Additions


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The latest additions to this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals have been announced and amongst the fresh batch of acts is the former My Chemical Romance frontman, who will play his first live shows as a solo artists at this year’s dual mega-event. Gerard Way’s iconic band had recently become defunct after mutually deciding to lay the group to bed. The multi-million record selling giants of emo rock recently released a greatest hits album entitled May Death Never Stop You but have failed to announce any farewell tour dates, much to the chagrin of their huge and loyal fanbase.

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Gerard Way Is Heading to Leeds and Reading

His Reading and Leeds performances will herald a new chapter in the singer’s career as he puts the finishing touches on an eagerly-awaited solo album, the direction of which is still shrouded in mystery. The musician and prolific comic book artist has directed fans to his new website, which features a brief snippet of an as-yet unnamed song.

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'Frozen' Soundtrack Maintains Vice-Like Grip on Billboard 200


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The soundtrack for Disney's smash-hit movie Frozen has continued its strong run at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 161,000 copies last week to bring its total to 1.8 million, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Frozen'Frozen' Is The Biggest Grossing Animated Movie of all Time

Billboard said 1.5 million of the soundtrack sales were from 2014, making it this year's biggest selling album so far - by an absolute mile. Beyonce's self-titled album that she released in December is in second with 604,000.

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Rock Band Splits: My Chemical Romance Call It A Day, "But It Can Never Die"


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Its been days since the announcement but it seems as though many are still adjusting to the news that My Chemical Romance, the rock band split, bringing an end to the twelve years of the New Jersey's band's own brand of pop rock. The multi-platinum selling band, consisting of Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Mikey Way and Frank Iero, unveiled the news in a statement posted on their official website last Friday (March 22) and since then, in an attempt to clear up the split it seems, lead singer Gerard Way has since taken to Twitter to post an obscenely long update to his profile.

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The colosal Tweet, available in full on Twitlong, wrote a 1,979 word long farewell note that began with a brief account of his morning, which saw him finally realise that his band are over. The singer and comic book writer then went on (way too long if you ask us) about finding and freeing a bird trapped in a his library - a metaphor of himself in MCR maybe? - before finally addressing the band's decision to call things a day. 

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My Chemical Romance Have Split, But Gerard Way Reminds Fans "My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die"


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Over the weekend the musical world got a little less emo as rockers My Chemical Romance announced that they were calling it quits in a statement posted on their official website last Friday (March 22), signalling the end of twelve years together for the New Jersey rockers. In an attempt to maybe clear some things up, lead singer Gerard Way posted an absurdly long update to his Twitter feed last night in which he thanked the fans, said farewell, and went on way too long about a bunch of other stuff too.

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Coming in at a whopping 1,979 words altogether, Way began the farewell note by going through his morning, which saw him being awoken by the sun shining through his window, only for him to realise that his band are over - "My Chemical Romance had ended." He then went on way too long about finding and freeing a bird trapped in a his library before finally trying to clear up the reasons why MCR split in the first place. Way explained that, owing much to a New Jersey concert the band played last year, he was beginning to sink back into a drug and drink fuelled nightmare that he escaped in 2004, adding that the group had always harboured secret plans of 'self-destruction' should things get too much in the band. Gerard finished things up with a round of thank you's aimed at the rest of the band, their regular crew and collaborators and the fans too.

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My Chemical Romance Kicked Off The Weekend With A Breakup Announcement


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After over a decade on stage, My Chemical Romance have called it quits.

The band made the announcement on their official website, where they initially wrote: "Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We've gotten to go places we never knew we could. 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." MCR certainly had an impressive run, which included four studio albums – two of which went platinum, constant reinvention in terms of sound and style and even a song featured on Glee – the infamous pop anthem Sing. MCR came out with what turned out to be their final album – Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys – in 2010, while their final performance as a band (unless they decide to do a reunion gig, of course) was at Bamboozle in 2012.

My Chemical Romance, iTunes Festival, London
The band have performed at numerous festivals over their twelve years together.

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My Chemical Romance Split – Band Announce News


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Perennial punk-rockers My Chemical Romance have announced on their website that they’re splinting up after more than a decade of hit-making and four studio albums.

“Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. 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,” they wrote. “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.” The band confirmed it, just in case anyone hadn’t got it from the previous quote. “And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all your support, and for being part of the adventure.” My Chemical Romance's lead vocalist and songwriter Gerard Way previously denounced the band’s label as an Emo band. "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.

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Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance and NME - Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance London, England - Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 held at the O2 Academy Brixton - Arrivals Wednesday 23rd February 2011

Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance and NME
Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance and NME

Picture - My Chemical Romance London, England, Wednesday 23rd February 2011

My Chemical Romance and NME Wednesday 23rd February 2011 Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 held at the O2 Academy Brixton - Arrivals London, England

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My Chemical Romance and NME

Picture - My Chemical Romance Los Angeles, California, Monday 2nd March 2009

My Chemical Romance Monday 2nd March 2009 Los Angeles premiere of 'Watchmen' held at Grauman's Chinese Theater - Arrivals Los Angeles, California

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