My Chemical Romance announce break-up

According to a post on the official My Chemical Romance website the band have broken up. No reason for the split has been given, with the statement simply saying “And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end.”

My Chemical Romance formed in late 2001. Frontman Gerard Way has said that seeing the September 11 attack inspired him to form the band. Their emo-punk sound was appropriate for such a gloomy beginning, although they spent time in almost every interview of their career trying to distance themselves from the genre.

After their second album Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge (which made our list of The Most Underrated Albums Of All Time) they released their most popular album, The Black Parade. A rock opera concept album, it showed off a love of Queen, Pink Floyd and old-fashioned musicals and became their most successful release. They followed it in 2010 with Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys, their most upbeat and straightforward album – although straightforward by their standards meant a post-apocalyptic saga set in 2019.

As recently as October of last year the band were reported to be working on new songs for their fifth album and in December they appeared on a Yo Gabba Gabba! Christmas special. The announcement of their break-up, which you can read in full below, seems to have come out of nowhere.

Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. 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.

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