Emos rejoice — but not too gleefully. My Chemical Romance has officially announced their return! It’s been 7 painfully long years since the band had broken up, but yesterday marked a great day for fans everywhere with the announcement that the boys would be hitting the stage once again.
My Chemical Romance has always been heavily associated with emo culture and girls that exclusively shop at Hot Topic. But…
I’d be lying if I said that MCR isn’t one of my favorite childhood bands. They jumped onto the scene in the early 2000s with black eyeliner and bowls of hair on their head, and at first, I couldn’t stand it as a closed-minded kid.
But somewhere along the lines of their career, I could no longer deny their talent any longer. Perhaps it was around the release of the Black Parade or possibly even as early as Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, but regardless their music inevitably made their way onto my iPod playlist.
Gerard Way had one of the most unique voices in contemporary rock at that point and time, and his knack for writing catchy hooks was truly impressive. The potency of MCR’s music was so apparent that even a highly niche band that catered to a unique subculture like emo teens was able to break into the mainstream, garnering ample radio play and multiple platinum-selling records.
My Chemical Romance turned out to be one of my earliest examples of not judging a book by it’s cover. Close mindedness leads to stagnancy, and if I hadn’t given MCR a chance I may have also ended up overlooking plenty of other weird or “out there” acts (i.e. Slipknot).
Will MCR be releasing new music? That remains to be seen. But for the time being, us MCR fans will take what we can, and hope for more good news down the pipeline.
My Chemical Romance
2020 Reunion Tour:
09-09 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
09-11 Saint Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
09-12 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
09-14 Toronto, Ontario – Scotiabank Arena
09-15 Boston, MA – TD Garden
09-17 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
09-18 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
09-20 Atlanta, GA – Music Midtown Festival
09-22 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
09-26 Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
09-29 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
09-30 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
10-02 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
10-04 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
10-06 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
10-08 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
10-10 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival
10-11 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena