Gerard Way: 'My Chemical Romance Can Never Die'

In a statement to fans, Gerard Way suggests that part of the reason My Chemical Romance split up is because of his return to drug abuse. What do you think?

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Following their sudden breakup at the weekend, My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way has posted a lengthy statement hinting at the reasons for their split.

Way says there are many reasons that the band ended, but suggests that part of it was how his battle with drugs and alcohol addiction which he first conquered in 2004 came back to haunt him after a show in New Jersey in May 2012.

He claims that a voice spoke to him during the show, and while he won't reveal what it said, it led to dramatic changes in his behaviour.

"The following months were full of suffering for me," writes Way. "I hollowed out, stopped listening to music, never picked up a pencil, started slipping into old habits.

"Slowly, once I had done enough damage to myself, I began to climb out of the hole. Clean. When I made it out, the only thing left inside was the voice, and for the second time in my life, I no longer ignored it - because it was my own."

The singer goes on to thanks fans of the band for the sense of love he feels from them, and parts with this message:

"Since I am bad with goodbyes. I refuse to let this be one. But I will leave you with one last thing.

"My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die. Because it is not a band - it is an idea."

Can you read between the lines and guess why My Chemical Romance broke up? Do you think that Way's possible return to substance abuse contributed to the band's downfall? Share your theories in the comments.

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    What a tit.
    I used to love this band, but then this guy turned into a totally pretentious butt-hat and I hit puberty.
    mat hazelwood
    all the hate for this band is pretty sad, if people actually listened to an album they would realize they actually had some pretty heavy guitar songs, dare I say some metal solos. yea gerard looked a little femmy but so does motley crue, alice cooper, cobain with his dresses, manson... my point is judge a book by its cover and you end up only listening to top 40 radio s***
    People don't hate this band because of the way they look, they hate it because they don't like the music. No matter how hard you defend them, it won't change anyone's opinion on why they don't enjoy the sounds this band produces. Most people find it immature, whiny, and generic. It's not 'sad' that people don't have the same musical tastes as you. It's awesome. It's the very basis of musical freedom.
    lol. because they have "metal solos" people shouldnt hate them? ...seems logical
    yeah really. I've seen people shred over Justin Bieber songs on youtube and I still don't like his music....
    Have you read the whole thing he wrote?? It's pretty confusing. I guess I have never considered myself super intellectual when it comes to metaphor to the point that he uses in his big write up..hahh
    dammit! I tried to up vote it and clicked down by accident...I hang my head in shame
    dammit! I tried to up vote it and clicked down by accident...I hang my head in shame
    Just read the full statement. The guy had a realization and a turning point in his life it seems. I salute him.
    I'll never understand all the hate for this band.
    It's a common trend on UG to trash any music even slightly related to emo culture.
    It's a common trend on UG to trash any music even slightly non-metal related. FTFY
    Its a fact UG is mainly full of dicks who hate on every genre other than metal, im sick of it. Which is why we need to build our own site with flapjacks and hookers.
    There's non-metal and then there's just plain shite. Post a MCA song that shows any originality and I'll retract that statement.
    "My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die. Because it is not a band - it is an idea." Nah dude, I'm pretty sure it's a band... I wonder if he was actually serious when he wrote that sentence. If so, poor fella!
    Well, does music truly die? Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Edward Grieg. All listened to long after their death. (How many years now?) He did not mean that his band could never die, more that the music of his band would never die as it as an idea. As in V for Vendetta; "Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr Creedy, and ideas are bullet-proof."
    Yeah I'm not a moron, I know what he means by it. I just wonder if he realises it makes him sound like a pretentious knobcheese. Of course the music lives on, but claiming your band is not a band, but an "idea" is a total cop-out. Can't they just stop making music without all this melodramatic nonsense? I suppose even after death they are still catering for the teenage fanbase who lap that sh1t up.
    Exactly. Aren't their fans mainly teenage girls? They love stupid, pointless melodrama. It's not like MCR fans are typically intelligent adults.
    you're... so... stupid...
    Stupid? Why? Because I don't like sh*t music? You assume a lot based on knowing one thing - That I don't agree with you on this subject. Besides that you know NOTHING about me. I'm expressing my opinion... You're pretending that you can judge my intelligence based on me not liking a band on a message board on the internet. Who's "so... stupid..."?
    I had to double take that line. That's so profoundly stupid! Ideas hit dust every day. Any band is essentially an idea or a group of ideas.
    not gonna read anymore comments. this is one of those bands people needlessly troll and hate on, yet they'll suck all the old classic rock dicks over and over again.
    Practically everything I listen to is post-80s and I still see MCR for the brainless crap it is.
    Why does everybody hate them? Personally if I had never heard Dead! on my 12th birthday from the itunes card that I got, I wouldnt be listening to music the same way and probably would never have discovered some of my favorite bands. They actually are honest, talented musicians and have probably the most distinct personality I've ever heard in a band. Plus Ray Toro is a ****ing amazing guitarist. Anyways, I was sad to see them go. RIP.
    I caught Ray Toro's pick during the Honda Civic tour. I had this crazy idea that using it might convince myself that I had more talent than I actually did. It didn't work...
    I'll miss this band. An abstract view on life is not always an immature one, so I never saw them as catering to teenagers. I respect Way very much for the way this group ended. He let be known what needed to be and nothing more.
    Could you imagine having a drink with this guy? He'd have one peach schnapps and cry for the rest of the night.
    You spend 12 years working your ass off to reach where he got, and see if you don't get emotional over ending it.
    There's emotional and then there's self-indulgent whiney pseudo-poetry. Plenty of bands have split up after being together WAY longer then MCR without making a big romanticised scene. I don't really care, it just bugs me when a bands final act lacks humility.
    Yeah, I feel ya. Gerald has always seemed....sensitive. Maybe he's just dealing with it in his own way.
    I used to be that guy that ragged on these guys and other emo bands, but really, The Black Parade is a ****ing good album and there was more to them than the image. Not an amazing band, but a pretty decent one.
    I think he meant the band being an "idea" and it will never die as memories and experiences that will never die. People calling him pretentious and a tit need to get that pole out of their *** and read the damn letter.
    I read the letter before posting any of my comments. Do you know the definition of pretentious? He fits it rather well actually. Why didn't he just say "We may be gone, but at least you still got the cd's!" instead of crying over his laptop all day with this nonsense. It's like he thinks he's some kind of messiah who needs to give his disciple's one last prophetic pile of sh*t. Now get that pole out of your a** and don't make assumptions that other people's opinions are misinformed. Peace.
    I personally prefer the Nikki Sixx idea of "blowing the horses brains out with a shotgun blast".
    I really liked some of their music. The bluesy licks their guitarist threw into songs were really cool and the songs were catchy. I don't know why everyone gets mad at every band on here for being successful. I wish I could live off my music. Gotta keep working at it!
    Yea the album they made "Welcome to the black parade" was actually pretty damn good. If they had been able to tap into that source of inspiration to write another album like that they might have not broken up.
    I actually saw them and Blink 182 performing on the Honda Civic Tour 2 years ago, and they were really good live! I did like some of their songs but then moved onto other things. While it's not generally my cup of tea, I do respect that their music has helped some people out. RIP MCR!
    not gonna lie thought they had ****ed off ages ago. a terrible fad band.. watch out asking alexandria & co!
    haters, please listen to the opening riff of "thank you for the venom" and tell me what emo pussies they are. please. its certainly not metal, but its very involved, fairly aggressive music. typical that one would judge a band on looks.
    They died years ago. They were pretty much just a phase for emotional teenage girls. The soundtrack to their self harm. Luckily most people grew out of this phase
    "Haaaaaveee you heard the news that you're dead! No one ever had much nice to say I think they never liked you anyway..."
    Dude, their last album was a Proto-Punk sounding masterpiece without a hint of angst.
    I'm not a My Chemical Romance fan as such, but I do own Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, and I do think some of their songs are truly amazing. I was sad when I heard they broke up. Yes, they're pretty much for angsty teenagers, but I think those bands are important. But this statement he's put out is overly poetic and whiney.
    Liked their music, sad to see them go. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it is not good in some fashion. Preference does not dictate quality.
    Clearly the MCR fan club are out in force today - notice that any negative statement in the comments here has been downvoted.
    Nope, it's just Gerard Way going full Axl Rose-syndrom. You know, making enough accounts to downvote such comments.
    Most people hate this band and dont know why. The usual excuse is that they are homosexuals or that their music simply "sucks". Truth is, most people only listened to the singles, and are too stubborn(or lazy) to give a band a shot because talking **** is alot easier. And that statement applies to any other band as well. Take a listen to 'Thank You For the Venom' or 'Hang Em High'. The guitar work in both those songs is impressive and you would be surprised. But no. Instead you'll insult Way again and go back to listening to Maiden or Dream Theatre or Nickleback who we all know is saving rock and roll and talk down to any band that isnt 'Metal'. Funny though that most people that sat and had enough time to read the WHOLE message from Way(pretty long message) could have at one point used that time to look up some songs other than the singles on the radio. There's a reason these guys have such a cult following. And you'd be surprised that most are not scene chicks. And why would you complain? Ive been to these shows along side good looking chicks wearing less to nothing throwing themseelves out there. Im not complaining. I can dig it. Now I just got a hard on and forgot my point. **** Now, as for Mr. Gerard Way, he's a writer. He writes comic books. It's what he did before he started the band. His comics won Eisner awards. The equivalent of a Grammy. But that's besides the point. If you ever sit down and talk with a writer you will notice how much more descriptive they are in the way that they talk. Thats what this guy's got. You gonna make fun of Mercury or Morrison for being so poetic in the way that they wrote music or spoke in interviews? And as for that whole scene chick thing, yea it's a bit anoying. But I've been to Metallica concerts before, and as the legends that they are, I will take a room full of half naked chicks sweating all over ma than a room full of middle aged smelly fat guys and lonely Adam Lanza types any day. And y'all call MCR homosexuals. Let's just all agree to hate Beibs instead, that way we can all agree. I guess you can say *puts glasses on* It's the only WAY. YEAAAAA
    tl:dr Don't hate x. Unrelevant information. Let's hate y instead of x. Bad and overused joke.
    Any band that has a core demographic of teen girls can almost certainly die, in fact more so than any other bands.
    MCR were a good "idea" but they were done when Danger Days was released, they were just scratching the bottom of their talent. sad though
    I HATE My Chemical Toilet (hurhurhur). However, I think the dude gave a pretty honest statement and as far as I'm aware, they were a very popular brand.. sorry, band. Nothing to dispute over what he said here - I'm just glad they're gone.
    Um, Gerard had been into too many comic books. Batman is the only thing that can't die because he is an idea.
    Clearly way is struggling with problems whether its drug related or not and I guess people just think its cool to say....oh they suck they died a while ago didn't just girls listen to them....I mean I'm all for joking and having fun on this site but this band meant alot to him, their fans and me so if your gonna bash him or this band why even click on the news feed link to call him a tit, and I like what he said about the whole idea thing I've heard pretentious crap before but that wasn't as bad as people on this site are saying
    1st offense but just like you read this because you enjoy their music and are genuinely upset by this, there are ppl who open this up out of excitement because they cant stand this band and mcr dying is great news to them.
    I hear what you're saying, but simply because you said "1st amendment," I'm downvoting you. Downvote away, fellow Ugers.
    Black Parade won't die, but I'm so happy the fabulous killjoys are gone
    Ever since they sold out to pop music, they died.
    "Sold out to pop music"??? When were they ever NOT pop music? Weren't they a crappy teenpop band from day one?
    ^bandwagon shit talker^
    Bandwagon? I couldn't stand them 8 or 10 years ago or whenever the hell it was when I first heard them. Do people just talk without EVER thinking anymore? Or do they just say what they think will sound cool without asking questions, doing any research, etc?
    I don't know, shitty rock band, shitty pop band, it's the shitty part that matters, not the genre.
    Dude, their first 2 albums weren't pop music at al. As much as i hate them since they did black parade. They have done some quality tune.
    Yeah, these guys haven't been relevant since The Black Parade came out. I was always hoping that they'd do a similar album but their last one was trash, can't say I'm really that surprised that they're ending it.
    Sammy Mantis
    Wow, never guessed there would be so many MCR fans on this site lmao. Get some taste people, stat.