Gerard Way: 'I Never Saw MCR Going Beyond 'Black Parade''

Singer wanted to call it a day after third album.

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Gerard Way has been speaking with NME about his thoughts on My Chemical Romance. As the singer of the recently disbanded group notes, he never saw the band progressing beyond their third album, "The Black Parade."

"To be honest, I never saw My Chemical Romance going past 'The Black Parade.' I plan things pretty far in advance. Before we'd even done the first record, I would write out titles of things. I definitely knew I had the title for the second album before we'd even recorded the first.

"By the time I got to the third album, which didn't have a name, I felt like that was the end. Basically, the time spent after The Black Parade was me fighting against that instinct and against myself. So, at the end of 'Black Parade,' it felt like a very natural ending. To go beyond that felt like betraying some sort of artistic command.

"I'm still proud of the shows we played especially, and the music we made after Black Parade, but I definitely didn't have anything planned after the third."

Way also noted that he doesn't expect his solo music to appeal to a large number of My Chemical Romance fans:

"There's people that understand [the MCR breakup] and there's people that don't understand it. Amongst those two groups of people, I think a third of them are going to love it, a third of them are going to hate it and a third of them aren't going to care. I don't worry about the numbers. I definitely don't worry about winning people over. To me, this album is coming from someone that is choosing to survive rather than prove something."

Way's debut solo album, titled "Hesitant Alien" is scheduled for release this fall.

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    mrsuns10
    The Black Parade is a good album and Famous Last Words is just plain epic
    oxymoronicman
    Horrible misuse of the word 'epic'
    pafing
    something tells me you haven't listened to the whole song well,feels epic to me at least
    meestazak
    A lot of their songs have an epic feel to them... Unless, of course, you were just trying to find a clever way of showing your dislike of the band?
    Izzy-Sweet
    I kinda think they should have stopped after that. Their fourth album paled in comparison to The Black Parade, anything would have done.
    Vash_15
    "the recently disbanded group" Yeah, I'd definitely call a year and a half recent. Also, he apparently went really in depth about why they broke up with Kerrang, can't wait to read that one.
    Jack_Sibelius
    the black parade was amazing, but i didn't see a chance of them making an even better album.
    caged butterfly
    I'm glad they didn't stop after BP cuz Danger Days is their best album.
    bangbang!!
    ...how can anyone downvote that?
    TheLastRaven
    I honestly think Danger days is just as great as TBP, each one had a very unique style and a different attitude. Each one of their albums was in a different world.
    Sixxstarr
    I didn't start listening to them until I'd heard they broke up and I figured I'd check the hype on them that a couple of my friends were blowing up facebook about and ended up liking them...I would enjoy it if they still toured but didn't write new music...I understand not feeling writing another album would be right but there are so many people that are still getting into them and will never get to see them if they don't tour anymore also on a side note...did anyone notice one side of his mouth moves more than the other when he talks?