By Amy Szmik, Contributor
[Photo courtesy of My Chemical Romance]
After officially breaking up in 2013, My Chemical Romance announced on October 31 a surprise reunion show called Return, which is slated for Dec. 20, 2019, at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles. This will be the band’s first performance since 2012.
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Formed in 2001 by Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance quickly become a staple in the emo and alternative genres. The band’s original lineup consisted of Ray Toro, Matt Pelissier, Frank Iero and Way’s younger brother Mikey Way. Pelissier left in 2004 and was replaced by Bob Bryar, who left in 2010.
Many of My Chemical Romance’s songs have become famous. The band’s 2004 album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge became a platinum-selling album and produced hits like “The Ghost of You,” “Helena” and “I’m Not Okay (I Promise).” Their theatrical 2006 album The Black Parade also went platinum and became an iconic staple in the emo scene. Hits from The Black Parade include “Teenagers,” “Welcome To The Black Parade” and “Mama.”
My Chemical Romance’s last album, which was released in 2010, saw a shift from the dark and somber composition that My Chemical Romance had in their prior albums: Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys incorporated elements of pop-punk and glam.
After the band broke up in 2013, all four of its members have pursued solo endeavors and projects, and in 2016, My Chemical Romance released a 10th-anniversary edition of The Black Parade, titled The Black Parade / Living With Ghosts.
Stream My Chemical Romance’s “Welcome To The Black Parade” below.