My Chemical Romance, one of the most influential and iconic bands of the 2000s, is finally back from the dead.
By Kennedy J
30 November 2019
Seventeen years ago, My Chemical Romance released their debut album, called I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, and they quickly gained a devoted fanbase. Despite only releasing four studio albums over the course of their 12-year career, they maintained a cult-like following and experienced some mainstream popularity as well. My Chemical Romance was most famous for defining an era of “emo” music and culture.
On March 22, 2013, a date many hardcore fans will never forget, the band announced their split. It shocked a lot of people, considering the band was intensely popular at the time. Fans were devastated. Since that day, the members have each worked on solo projects, apparently having left their My Chemical Romance days behind them for good.
But just a few weeks ago, the beloved band surprised the world once again: they announced a reunion.
“Like phantoms forever,” read the caption under an Instagram post that announced their first show, which will happen on December 20th of this year. As of right now, MCR is scheduled for 3 reunion shows total, but some fans are hoping for more: new music, an album perhaps, or a full tour.
So why is this such a big deal??
To a lot of people, My Chemical Romance wasn’t just a band. They created a connection between their fans. They gave people a safe place with their music – a source of emotional comfort. They created a family, who affectionately called themselves the MCRmy.
Also, My Chemical Romance was unique in that they truly cared about their fans. The members of the band often emphasized the importance of mental health. Lead singer Gerard Way encouraged fans to treat themselves with kindness and not give in to self-harm; he famously said once, “No one should be in pain. Everyone should love themselves, like I love you all.” Rather than letting their extreme fame alienate them from their fans, the band always made an effort to make them feel loved and appreciated, and it worked. The proof is in the several “MCR Saved My Life” testimonies all over on the internet.
My Chemical Romance had – and still has – a devoted following, for good reason. There is no doubt that their upcoming reunion will reunite fans, create tons of memories, and altogether will be nothing short of historical.