As one of the world’s biggest My Chemical Romance fans, I can confidently say that their reunion was about as big of a deal as a big deal could get. This band’s music, style, attitude, and artistic confidence shaped the foundation of the human being I became. Of course, this sounds pretty dramatic, but that is exactly the point. The band represented every extreme emotion that a brooding preteen could feel, and most importantly, it provided an outlet for those emotions. From love, heartbreak, joy, pain, death and every essence of human experience - MCR managed to convey it all in the most relatable way I had ever experienced.
This band inspired and basically created what we now consider to be “emo” culture. They were the first band many young emos became obsessed with. MCR just makes you want to wear black skinny jeans, dye your hair red, play guitar with more emotion than precision, and start a rock band. But above all, they made me and many others want to be themselves. That is what’s so powerful about a band like My Chemical Romance. They stood for those of us who didn’t feel like we belonged, and they gave us a home. This was, of course, until they announced their disbandment in March of 2013 and the silence from the band became deafening.
The day My Chemical Romance disbanded was a day that will live in scene infamy. They were incredibly important to their fans, but they were arguably more important to alternative culture as a whole. They were the Emo Beatles. The entire community was lost without them, left with only their final release to cling to: a collection of singles entitled Conventional Weapons, all of which were presumably songs that didn’t make it onto their final album Danger Days.
Years passed, with rumours of reunion swirling and a healthy dose of fans begging for just one last show, one last album. Then finally, in late 2019, they announced that they were finally getting back together, and to celebrate, were playing a show at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on December 20th.
In June of 2019, Joe Jonas revealed that he had heard My Chem rehearsing next to the Jonas Brothers in an interview with KISS FM. Naturally, the internet absolutely erupted. The only member of MCR who commented on this potential leak was guitarist Frank Iero, who stated in an interview on the Zach Sang Show, “I don’t understand why you would do an interview about your band and talk about someone else’s band. I think they’re trying to rebrand their band as a real rock band, and they’re trying to mention as many rock bands [as they can]...People aren’t gonna forget that you’re a Disney band, bro. Sorry. It’s not gonna happen.” With the rumor sufficiently squashed, chatter died down. However, on October 31, 2019, it was announced that My Chemical Romance was finally getting back together, and that a celebratory reunion show would take place at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on December 20th.
The evening of the concert came, and the Shrine was packed beyond all reasonable safety procedures with fans excited for their favorite band to finally be together again. The show became the highest grossing in the auditorium’s history, bringing in well over 1.4 million dollars. In the weeks following their epic reunion concert, the band began posting cryptic videos and pictures all over their social media, teasing a reunion tour. After weeks of torturing fans with the inevitability of a tour announcement, they posted a series of images on the night of Tuesday, January 28th. Using a witch cipher wheel, based on lore from a musical Gerard had written some time ago, the translated images named the cities in North America that the tour would travel to - and connecting the dots between the cities on a map formed, fittingly, a pentagram. The next morning, MCR broke their silence and officially announced a North American arena tour. It sold out completely in under six hours.