I’m not okay. My Chemical Romance are back.
Six long years it’s been, but it feels like six DECADES.
When the New Jersey band made an official Instagram account yesterday it sent fans into overdrive. And they hadn’t even said anything.
But then came the confirmation, in the form of a simple caption: “Like Phantoms Forever…”
It’s not yet clear the extent of MCR’s comeback beyond their intimate gig in Los Angeles on December 20.
The band first exploded onto the scene with 2004’s Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. They enjoyed over a decade of success before deciding to call it a day.
Gerard Way, lead singer, wrote in a lengthy statement at the time: “My Chemical Romance had, built within its core, a fail-safe. A doomsday device, should certain events occur or cease occurring, would detonate. I shared knowledge of this “flaw” within weeks of its inception.
“Personally, I embraced it because, again, it made us perfect. A perfect machine, beautiful, yet self aware of it’s system. Under directive to terminate before it becomes compromised. To protect the idea- at all costs. This probably sounds like something ripped from the pages of a four-colour comic book, and that’s the point. No compromise. No surrender. No fucking shit. To me that’s rock and roll.
“When I wanted to start My Chemical Romance, I began by sitting in my parent’s basement, picking up an instrument I had long abandoned for the brush- a guitar. It was a 90’s Fender Mexican Stratocaster, Lake Placid Blue, but in my youth I had decided it was too clean and pretty so I beat it up, exposing some of the red paint underneath the blue- the color it was meant to be.
“Adding a piece of duct tape on the pick guard, it felt acceptable. I plugged this into a baby Crate Amp with built-in distortion and began the first chords of Skylines and Turnstiles…
“I want to thank every single fan. I have learned from you, maybe more than you think you’ve learned from me. My only regret is that I am awful with names and bad with goodbyes. But I never forget a face, or a feeling- and that is what I have left from all of you.”