Sadly, all things have to come to an end.This is what’s true.
I did my normal routine on that morning. I got up. I walked the dogs. I had a cup of tea and took my son to school and instead of going back to sleep as I normally do, I stayed up. I sat down at the computer to read the papers (that’s what I call the news websites, i.e. New York Times, the Post, the Mirror and SROMag.com etc.) and I see the following on the website http://www.loudwire.com:
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE BREAK UP
I had to be reading this wrong.
How could this have happened?
This band, MY band as I liked to think of them, had been in my life since 2003 when I stumbled upon them at Warped Tour in Kansas City, MO. I had gotten separated from my friend and had ended up at this crappy stage watching a chubby black-haired guy, covered in fake blood singing his heart out. I didn’t know the song he was singing but I was mesmerized. It had been a while since I had seen this much passion coming out of someone. I went up to the stage and actually met this man, Gerard Way, who thanked me for being there, and signed their first CD, I Brought You My Bullets and You Brought Me Your Love. I was a fan overnight.
Over the years, I have seen My Chemical Romance (MCR) three more times live and they never disappointed me. When The Black Parade was released in 2006, it was one of the best concept albums I had ever heard. Every single track was personal to me, especially Mama and Cancer. This band, as cliché as it might sound, saved my life many times over the years. From a long-term relationship ending, to my father passing, to my battle with ovarian cancer, MCR became my cheerleaders of sorts, getting me through it.
Things changed with the band as the years passed. Everyone got married. Everyone had children. Gerard and the boys were now in their 30’s and grown up, not the kids playing underground garages and clubs in New Jersey anymore. In 2010, the band released what would be their final album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. A different kind of album with some great tracks and some not so great, but I still was a fan. But even I, just a fan, could sense something was going wrong.
I was still surprised to read that headline on Loudwire.com. It truly broke my heart. Gerard wrote an open letter to his fans, trying to explain and to say My Chemical Romance lives on, inside him and us as well. Here is an excerpt:
“I can assure you, there was no divorce, argument, failure, accident, villain, or knife in the back that caused this, again this was no one’s fault, and it had been quietly in the works, whether we knew it or not, long before any sensationalism, scandal, or rumor.”
Even they knew.
Gerard Way will continue to create his comics. If you’ve never heard of his comic books, you should pick one up. It’s called “The Umbrella Academy”. His brother, Mikey and former bassist for MCR, is working with Gerard producing music for a new cartoon for the Hub network.
Always back to the cartoons.
Finally, it’s hard to say goodbye. This band has proven time and again they are creative geniuses who refused to be pigeonholed in any genre. Just when you thought you had them figured out, they changed it up again. This is what the fans loved about them, along with the fact they were the fan’s band. Thank you, Gerard, Mikey, Frank and Ray. We enjoyed the ride.