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My Chemical Romance

My project for Mr. Bradshaw's History of Rock class :)
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Maggie Kelly

on 18 March 2014

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Transcript of My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance
Albums
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love (2001)
Concept album focusing on "Bonnie and Clyde" type characters
Important songs:
"Skylines and Turnstiles": written shortly following 9/11, which was the event that sparked the creation of the band
"Vampires Will Never Hurt You": first music video
Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge (2004)
Another concept album
Continuation of the first in a way
"The story of a man, a woman, and the corpses of a thousand evil men"
Important Songs:
"Helena": 'Officially' put the band into the mainstream area
"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)": Played on MTV and got them into the public eye
The Black Parade (2006)
It's a Rock Opera!
Centered on The Patient, following his death and experiences in the afterlife.
Most widely known and successful album
Debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart
Important Songs:
"Welcome To The Black Parade": First number 1 on the UK Billboard Charts
"Famous Last Words":
"DEAD!": Featured on Guitar Hero II
Band Members
Gerard Way - Vocals (2001-2013)
Mikey Way - Bass (2001-2013)
Ray Toro - Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals (2001-2013)
Frank Iero - Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals (2002-2013)
Bob Bryar - Drums (2004-2010)
Matt Pelissier - Drums (2001-2004)

Touring Members
James Dewees - Keyboards/Percussion (2007-2013)
Mike Pedicone - Percussion (2010-2011)
Jarrod Alexander - Percussion (2011-2013)
(They got their own action figures too!)
Frank, Gerard, Mikey, Ray, Bob
Conventional Weapons (Recorded in 2009, released from Oct. 2012-February 2013)
Final release of new material before the band's breakup in March 2013
Was recorded before Danger Days but was scrapped
The band thought they could do better
Important Songs:
"The World Is Ugly": Preformed at a concert before the album was scrapped
Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys (2010)
Concept album focusing on a post apocalyptic society set in 2019 California in which 4 men lead a gang of rebels called The Killjoys against a corporation known as Better Living Industries, or BL/ind.
Each of the guys had an alter ego which they adopted for the videos and the tours.
Gerard was Party Poison, Mikey was Kobra Kid, Ray was Jet Star, and Frank was Fun Ghoul.
Important Songs:
S.I.N.G.: Performed on Glee.
The Kids From Yesterday: Last official music video they ever made.
Scandal
In 2008, a 13 year old girl named Hannah Bond hung herself from her bunk bed after a fight with her mother. The Daily Mail got a hold of the story and began to place the blame on Hannah's "emoness". She was a fan of My Chemical Romance, and believed she would join the Black Parade when she died. The tabloid began to speak about the band, saying that their music is what drove the girl to kill herself. In retaliation, hundreds of fans sat outside the Daily Mail's offices to protest.
Gerard Way was born on April 9th, 197, and grew up in Belleville, New Jersey. He was an art student at NYU when 9/11 took place. He was working on a show that he had pitched to Cartoon Network but had been turned down. After seeing the horrible attacks in person, he realized he didn't wantto just draw the rest of his life. So he called his brother and two of their old friends and started a band. He wrote all the lyrics for the band, as well as some of the music, and was the vocalist.

After struggling with severe alcoholism and depression, he began to become addicted to antidepressants and cocaine. In August of 2004, he decided he was going to kill himself while the band was touring. He called their old manager to say goodbye, and he talked Gerard down and convinced him to get clean and sober. And he did. Gerard has been stone cold sober since then. He married Lyn-z (Lindsey Ballato), bass player of Mindless Self Indulgence, and they have one daughter, named Bandit Lee Way. He now writes comic books and has two series published: The Umbrella Academy and The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys.
Gerard Way
Mikey Way
Mikey Way was born on September 10, 1980. He grew up in Belleville, New Jersey with his older brother and their parents. He played bass in the band. He was also the one who came up with the name of the band. He was working at a Barnes and Noble when he came across a book by Irvine Welsh called "Three Tales of Chemical Romance."

Like his brother, he suffered from severe depression and nearly left the band during the recording of The Black Parade. Gerard then wrote the song "Famous Last Words" about the experience.

Mikey was married to Alicia Simmons March 8, 2007, but divorced in January of 2013. Mikey is currently playing a band called Electric Century.
Ray Toro
Ray Toro was born July 15, 1977 in Kearny, New Jersey. He picked up the guitar from his older brother, and develpoed a strong passion for music by the time he was in high school. He was in several local bands, but when he graduated, he went into film as opposed to music. He then became involved in the scene again when his old friend Gerard called, asking him if he wanted to start a band together.

He was married to his wife in November 2008, and they have one son. After the band broke up, Ray released a solo song and announced a solo album, called Minimization Procedure.


Frank Iero
Frank Iero was born on October 31st, 1981, in Belleville, New Jersey. He spent his childhood in and out of hospitals due to a bad immune system,which lead to health issues in his adult life as well.

He joined MCR when he was fronting a mildly successful band called Pencey Prep. The band was fizzling out and he was looking for something new, so when Gerard asked him to join MCR, he accepted.

When MCR took a break between The Black Parade and Conventional Weapons, Frank formed a side project called LeTHERMØUTH, which released one album before breaking up in late 2012. After the break up, Frank announced another new band, called Death Spells, with James Dewees.

He is married to Jamia Nestor, and they have three children together: twin girls Cherry and Lily, and son Miles.
May Death Never Stop You.
On March 22, 2013, My Chemical Romance broke up. They had been working on a 5th album. Gerard wrote a letter a few days after, and ended with: "My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die. It is alive in me, in the guys, and it is alive inside all of you. I always knew that, and I think you did too. Because it is not a band- it is an idea."
A greatest hits album was announced, entitled "May Death Never Stop You", on December 13, 2013. It is being released on March 25th, 2014.
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