My Chemical Romance Announce Split

Singer Gerard Way says he's proud of the band who officially split in a statement on Friday.

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My Chemical Romance have officially split.

No reason has been given for the breakup, but the band posted this message on their website last Friday:

"Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We've gotten to go places we never knew we would.

"We've been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We've shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends.

"And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure."

My Chemical Romance hit their peak in 2006 with the single "Welcome To The Black Parade" which became their highest charting song when it reached no. 44 in the Billboard Hot 100. In the UK it reached no. 1 of the official UK chart.

Singer Gerard Way posted the following message to his twitter account following the announcement:

Beyond any sadness, what I feel the most is pride.

Gerard Way (@gerardway) March 23, 2013

Will you miss My Chemical Romance? Can anyone guess why they decided to call it quits? Post your reaction to the announcement in the comments.

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    Gerard Way Jr
    Geez, this band. Ended up traversing every other genre in rock and made some really solid records. My username should indicate the influence they'd had when I was young - I started writing, guitar, and theatre because of these guys. It's surreal, to say the least. It's just a shame so many were tepid to their "Three Cheers" image and weren't able to see how truly capable they were from that (though, admittedly, I'm less into that record than the others) and the other three - I hear UG fans specifically dig the debut for the post-hardcore sound. Danger Days was some damn fine rock 'n' roll, too. Sayonara. I'm excited to see what lies in store. Whether or not you're a fan of the band, check out The Umbrella Academy - a ****ing great comic series. Great art style, fantastic humor, fun stories. Quick note, because I know UG's not a big fan of My Chem: if you'd heard "I'm Not Okay" or "Welcome to the Black Parade" and dismissed them as "the emo band", as I did at the time, I highly recommend "Danger Days" for rock fans and "I Brought You My Bullets..." for hardcore/metal fans. Seriously, these guys are pretty damn talented. Don't let the fanbase or the "emo" thing throw you off. It's not all kids with eyeliner and bad parents. And, hey, if it's not your thing, more power to you. Either way, great to have had My Chem around - I may well have missed out on doing some of the things I love (including writing on UG, actually) if I hadn't had a little push from them.
    Damn you must really like them, you posted like 20 comments here
    his name is Gerard Way Jr, i bet he loves them
    my actual name is Gerard, and I'm not a big fan. I like a handfull of songs by them but thats it, but dude Gerard Way Jr, I wouldn't worry that much, they'll probably get back together in the next few years like most bands who say their done do
    Thank You For The Venom is my favorite MCR song. The intro riff and the solo are awesome. I also liked the first album (Demolition Lovers, Vampires Won't Hurt You) because that was before all the hype started and they sounded really raw at that point. I started losing interest at the time they released Black Parade and onward.
    Same. Black parade had some solid songs, but I thought a lot of the songs sounded like rehashes of songs I had heard before. I also thought the song teenagers was ridiculous.
    I was one kf the people who initially dismissed them as another emo "hot topic" band. A friend of mine had one of their albums and a song came on "I never told you what I did for a living" (or something like that). I don't know the album, but that song was, and still is, F'n awesome. A lot of people say their non-radio stuff a bit more punk/hardcore, and that song helps me believe that. I always meant to give their catalogue a listen, maybe I'll finally check it out. I'm at LEAST gonna go listen to "I never...."
    They were still a band?
    i love their music, i hate their fag styles and outfits. Their earliest music including the black parade are kinda like thrash music to me and i love those bits.
    Thrash? Really?...
    Gerard Way Jr
    I think he means hardcore. Or, well, post-hardcore. The first album. I guess "Three Cheers" had some elements of thrash, Not the same.
    But where was the post-hardcore? There is nothing that sounds like Fugazi or Big Black or anything like that in any of their music.
    Yeah, I miss Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge and Black Parade. They were the MCR I got into, not this pop stuff...
    Fag Style and outfits? So you don't like big production rock shows I take it? would you rather see a show with guys/girls just boring you to death on stage? Personally I sure as hell hope you're not in a band with that kind of thinking!
    bob solo
    i like big production rockshows --- but i don't like gay style and outfits either --- bands have so many options for their shows --- mcr = let's look like ****en idiots...
    I'm the type to scoff at people who say a band "saved their life," but I have to say I have a lot of affection for this band. There's something very natural -- bombastic, yes, over the top, yes, but genuine -- about them. They're the type of band that you listen to when your parents have had a massive screaming fight and won't talk to each other, when somebody tells you you're fat and ugly, or when you haven't slept more than four hours in three days because you're massively overworked. Or even, for example, when you honestly think you'd rather be dead than alive. The thing about music is that it can't all be the "cool" stuff you tell people about to make them think you have good taste. Sometimes you need the screaming, frenetic, desperate melodrama. Music is not something to be scrutinized to see if it's acceptable in the eyes of the people you want to impress. That's why musical elitism is stupid and useless. This band wasn't important to people for no reason.
    It's a real shame, they were a decent emo band and a not too shabby pop band, however much you dislike them you've got to hand it to the guys for delivering some seriously catchy stuff. I saw them live back in 2011 and it was a very enjoying experience, topping some of the 'better' bands of the day. They will be missed.
    And now a wave of butthurt emos will descend upon the internet and cry
    The emo thing died off six years ago Seriously, go home