The return of My Chemical Romance

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It was a real treat this Halloween when My Chemical Romance announced their first reunion show at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles, Calif. on Dec. 20.

On Friday Nov. 1, My Chemical Romance (MCR) announced their reunion. MCR is an American rock band from Newark, New Jersey. The band was founded in 2001 by lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarist Ray Toro, bassist Mikey Way and Matt Pelissier.

They were signed with Eyeball Records and released their first album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love in 2002. They then signed on with Reprise Records next year and released their major label debut, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. In total MCR has released four albums and been through multiple band member changes. As of 2019 their current band lineup is Way, Toro, Way and Frank Iero on rhythm guitar and backing vocals.

On Friday Dec. 20 the band will be performing their first show in six years at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles, Calif. This will be their first show since announcing their break up in March of 2013. Over the past week the members of the band have spoken out about the love and support they have received from their fans over the news of their reunion.

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In a post on their Instagram account they said, “It is truly unbelievable to us the happiness we have experienced over the past two days. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for the warm welcome back. We truly did not expect this. See you soon xoxo, MCR”.

Depending on how this show goes they might have more shows in the New Year. Some of their top singles include “Welcome to the Black Parade” (2006), “Teenagers” (2006), and “Helena” (2004). Back in June, Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers mentioned that he heard MCR in the recording studio but fans did not believe him.

But little to their knowledge Jonas was right. In an interview with U.K.’s Kiss Breakfast show back in June he said, “I got some dirt, My Chemical Romance apparently were rehearsing next to us in New York recently, which I thought they broke up so I don’t know”.

Fans including me were speculating the reunion after Jonas mentioned it but no one believed it to be true. I for one am very excited about the return of My Chemical Romance and have been listening to them non-stop since they announced their reunion.

My favourite song definitely has to be “Teenagers” and I listen to it on repeat. Way got inspiration for this song when he was on a subway car in New York City full of high-schoolers.

“That was the first time I felt old … I was nervous that I was a target I felt like I had become a parent figure or part of the problem,” he said in a New York Times article published on Oct. 22, 2006. The main theme of this song is about gun violence as the band felt that that it was an important issue to bring awareness too.

My Chemical Romance is back and I am so excited to hear of the new music they produce in the future.