MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
WORK IN PROGRESS
In September 2001, Gerard Way was working on a show pitch for Cartoon Network between his job as a toy designer. While waiting for the ferry to take them to the New Yord Cartoon Network location so they could continue workshopping Breakfast Monkey (the aforementioned show pitch), A plane crashed into the world trade center. Then another one, bringing both towers down in a pile of rubble and bodies right in front of his eyes. Everyone waiting for the ferry was ushered back to the trains, through the turnstiles, whatever they had planned for the day or week or rest of their lives changed forever, now in the rubble with what the world used to be. Gerard Way sat quietly, trying to process. On this train, is where gerard decided he felt he was wasting his life, that he needed to do something big, that the universe was calling him somewhere outside of the small cubicles and isolated art rooms he had been creating in before.
This is where My Chemical Romance was born
GET THE GANG TOGETHER: THE CORE FOUR AND THE ATTIC DEMOS
To go forward, first we must go back. The moment, for me, the spark of My Chemical Romance was born was not when Gerard wrote Skylines and Turnstiles, nor even when they witnessed the destruction of the twin towers. No, I believe the core sparks of mcr were two concerts that happened before the turn of the millennium even hit. The first was a small, shitty punk show. Mikey Way managed to drag his older sibling Gerard out to a local shitty punk show for semi-forgotten teen toilet punk band The Rodneys
The band was mostly unremarkable, simple lyrics filled with gay jokes and toilet humor and star wars references set to out of time drums, the guitar holding everything together.It was the guitar that caught Gerard and Mikey’s attention. In between songs, the guitarist Ray Toro, face hidden behind his Jersey Devils baseball cap, would play quick little riffs, the muppets show opening song or the theme music to jurassic park. His playing was effortlessly impressive, and Gerard knew immediately one day they would want to make music with him
Before MCR, Gerard and Ray would work together multiple times, both in a short lived punk band named Nancy Drew, and with Ray helping Gerard create music for his animation pitch Breakfast Monkey, but no project quite stuck.
Breakfast Monkey animatic
I BROUGHT YOU MY BULLETS, YOU BROUGHT ME YOUR LOVE
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love was released on July 23rd. Lead single Vampires Will never Hurt You, was a dark, theatrical six minute goth rock track, full of strange poetic lyrics circling alcoholism death and never getting away from your own life.
CEMETARY DRIVE: THE TOUR LIFE
THREE CHEERS FOR SWEET REVENGE
Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge was released on June 8th 2004
BLOWING THE FUCK UP: THE GREATEST SUMMER JAM OF ALL TIME
Three days before the filming of the official music video for I'm Not Okay, My Chemical Romance found their new drummer in Bob Bryar, a chicago native and sound tech by trade. Some fun facts about Bob Bryer: He used to be roommates with Patrick Stump, He got major burns on the set of Famous last words, causing him to contract a case of gangrene that had him hospitalized, He once made a joke regarding Mikeys divorce underneath mikeys tweet celebrating a full year sober, and he is actively racist, openly mocking the Ferguson protests and black lives matter at the time when they began. I will not be giving Bob Bryar that much attention.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JOAN: THE PARAMOUR MANSION
THE BLACK PARADE
The Black Parade was released on October 20th, 2006
WELCOME TO THE BLACK PARADE: THE G NOTE THAT SHOOK THE WORLD
THIS IS HOW I DISSAPPEAR: THE ENDLESS BLACK PARADE TOUR
The Black Parade tour went on for almost 2 years straight, almost broke up the band, and was so grueling that it caused MCR to fire their longtime manager.
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS
DANGER DAYS:THE TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS
Danger Days was released on November 22nd, 2010. It Is a 15 track concept record set in an alternate, post apocalyptic 2019.
IN PAPER ARMOR THAT YOU'D MIND: THE LOST WORLD OF THE PAPER KINGDOM
The Paper Kingdom is a bit of a mystery to this day, the lost 5th mcr album, what it could've been, and what we know about it could warrent a page of its own
On March 22, 2013, There was a new update on the My Chemical Romance Website.
The reaction from fans was immediate. A mix of confusion, greif, and anger overtook the fandom. memorials were created, fights were had, and many tears were shed. 2 days later, Gerard posted a twitlonger on his twitter account titled A Vigil On Birds And Glass (linked here). A poetic essay, acting both as an explaination and a loving goodbye to MCR for the fans as well as for himself.