My Chemical Romance's announcement on Friday caught most of their fans by complete surprise.
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.
The band have performed at numerous festivals over their twelve years together.
During their career, MCR tried to reinvent themselves with each new record and refused to be pigeon-holed into one genre. As lead singer Gerard Way said: "The most cliche rock-and-roll thing to ever say is, 'We're here to save rock. It's like, ugh, drown me. This is actually trying to destroy it. We created this anti-matter bomb to blow up in the face of rock."
Well, whether they succeeded in that, only their fans can tell and we’ll have to wait and see whether MCR’s relatively short lifespan has left the desired mark on the musical landscape. If you’re in the mood for a bit of nostalgia, why not watch the video for Helena – MCR’s first hit single – below?