My Chemical Romance Fans Demand a Farewell Tour

Thousands of fans sign a petition to get the band on the road for one final time.

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One of the biggest news this week was an unexpected split of American emo rockers My Chemical Romance. After spending 12 years together, the group has struck the hearts of fans around the globe by saying that "like all great things, it has come time for it to end."

But the MCRmy isn't willing to let go just yet. With an over 15,000-strong online petition, they are now calling the band to get back on the road for one final time and properly say goodbye to the music scene.

"They ended so abruptly without saying goodbye to their fans properly, and the MCRmy is upset. They need to do it correctly if they're going to do it at all," says the announcement on

Judging by the petition comments, the group has saved the lives of many of it's fans with their music and it would be wrong if their career was to end like this.

"My Chemical Romance saved my life and I promised myself I will not end my life until I saw them," one of the fans said.

Another UK fan says that My Chemical Romance helped her "through a lot of crap." "They were the first band I obsessed with. I have 89 posters on my wall and more in my drawers. I made a bunch of friends from their Facebook page. I loved these guys since I was 2. My dad used to play them in the car."

Frontman Gerard Way recently released a lengthy announcement explaining the current situation, commenting that "My Chemical Romance can never die."

Formed in 2001, the group has released a total of four studio albums, with their 2006 hit single "Welcome To The Black Parade" reaching No. 1 on the official UK chart. The final MCR album, "Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys", came out in November 2010, debuting at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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    "My Chemical Romance saved my life and I promised myself I will not end my life until I saw them," one of the fans said. So, best not to do a show then.
    link no1
    I spotted this aswell
    I loved these guys since I was 2.
    This would make the person at most 14 years old.
    and so? im 13 almost 14 lots of teenagers love this band and i never got to see them live. if they had a reunion then those who never got to see them live or didnt know about them untill they split would have a chance to do so
    If I were a MCR fan, I too would like a last tour. However, if their split isn't amicable, this might tarnish whatever legacy they'll leave. Nontheless, it's horrible to read about the kids wanting to harm themselves. People don't hurt themselves because of certain bands, just as Marilyn Manson doesn't make kids shoot up their schools. It's tragic they are so depressed, but it should not be linked to a band, especially in such a negative way.
    I gotta say I'm more obsessed with the fact that this band was already 12-years old. Am I getting that old?
    I don't think they need to do a farewell tour. I mean I love MCR, I always have, but if you read the letter Gerard Way wrote out is he doesn't want to do it anymore because he feels like a robot doing the same thing over and over again. So there's no need for a farewell tour.
    They should have like one week of shows and do like what coheed did and play every song from every album, including bsides and shit. Day 1 : Bullets Day 2 : Three Cheers Day 3 : Black Parade Day 4 : Killjoys Day 5 : Conventional Weapons / Unreleased / Bsides etc and it would work so well because they have like a different kind of outfit every night And their last song would be the one they did on Yo Gabba Gabba
    I kinda like MCR, but their fans make me like the band less.
    YES. I've seen them twice, and I freaking love the band, but walking into one of their shows feels like walking into Hot Topic during the local Jr. High's lunch hour.
    Legend Jedicsc
    "My Chemical Romance saved my life and I promised myself I will not end my life until I saw them," one of the fans said. So does that mean this person will end their life after they see them? Anyway, they were an okay band. I really enjoyed their "Welcome to the Black Parade" album as a kid, and still do, but never really cared for their other stuff, but I have friends who did. Overall, I think a farewell tour would be cool, and I'd probably catch a show, because as I said, I have friends who were really into them. Also, just to throw this out there, I wouldn't be surprised if this band eventually got back together and made a huge comeback.
    "I loved these guys since I was 2" ..... regardless of the band, pretty doubtful!
    Well, I did really love Elvis Costello when I was 2, but in all fairness I haven't listened to him actively in a long while.
    As a huge fan of MCR myself, I don't think it's necessary for the band to go on a farewell tour. The rest of the band clearly wants to move on to other things and the fans should understand that.
    Hate it when fans don't respect band member's choices or wishes for their own lives - "yeah sure, I'll give up the next year of my life just to mildly entertain you".
    You know, I am a huge fan of this band. They make good music that is enjoyable to many and they have amazing guitarists in both Toro and Iero. It's such a shame that these 'fans' are demanding a tour. While I relish the thought of being able to see them live again, more of the fanbase needs to realize they called it a day for a reason. If they planned on doing a farewell tour they would have already. These are people. Not a commodity you can demand at your beck and call. Enjoy the music and the memories you have of the band. Don't be sad because it is over, smile because it happened.
    The show I saw they killed, full stage change between 3 Cheers and Black Parade and they played them both in full. By the way I'm 30 and this band helped me through the death of my Father in 2005, so to any of the people lumping "young" fans who don't have "real" problems in with me can go Fuck themselves.
    I dont know you but at this moment i love you!. I may be considered one of the "youngsters" that listened to them (i was 14 when I started listening to them, a whole 10 years ago) but even then it isnt like everyone doesnt have "real" problems. And they've helped me through alot as well.
    Gotta admit, when I first heard they were disbanding my first though was "They're still even around?" Have always liked them though, just thought they dropped off a while back
    When the money well dries up they will reform anyway. Like them or hate them they are money makers. Just like System of a Down, Pantera even one day maybe (with a different guitar player, obviously), even the guitarist is going back to Korn. Even if it's just ONE MORE TIME, give it a few years and they'll be back. They will get back together one day. You only live once, and if you have marketable 'talent' of any variety, no one is going to pass up on raking in another million or 2. Oasis are a richer band, so money isn't an issue, but ONE DAY.
    The band wants to end it, I say let them end it. I used to love this band but no one should make you do anything. They've done the music scene for over ten years, its time to call it quits and fans should only respect that.
    As a fan I truly don't understand why fellow fans want this. You're demanding that your favorite band play a farewell tour. Why would you want to go see a band who doesn't want to be there? I got to see them on their World Contamination Tour so maybe that's why I'm not as upset about it but odds are that they'll end up reuniting somewhere down the road once their personal problems are sorted out. They all have kids, families and other interests. They'll be back one day. I can guarantee you they haven't played their last show. Just let it play out
    Wonder if Gerard Way Jr is gonna show up some where here.
    Haha yeah who else is going to defend MCR by replying to everyone who dislikes them and telling us to stop making jokes about MCR?
    Aaaaannnd no one cares.
    not to stick up for MCR as i don like them buuuuut.... if 15000 people signed the petition thats 15000 people who do in
    dude if your favorite band split you would also be sad. so shut up cause alotta people do care
    Unfortunately, about 14,500 of their 15,000 fans would have to have their parents drive them to the concert.
    I'm 24 and I have been a big fan of the band since I was about 15. I will still go to one of their concerts and I'm very sure there is a large older community of fans out there that would do the same.
    "My Chemical Romance saved my life and I promised myself I will not end my life until I saw them," one of the fans said.
    Don't do a reunion tour or that guy might see it and kill himself.
    Actually, A lot of people care. They are one of the most talented bands out there, whether you like them or not.
    MCR is a respected band among the music community as a whole. Even metal heads realize that these guys know how to rock and are very talented. People just call them "emo" because of the fan base they acquired. They sound amazing live and they are really cool guys who make good music. They've been a huge part of my life and one of my major inspirations. I've noticed a lot of the UG community are mad at themselves because they failed as musicians and they have to blatantly insult another band just because they think it's funny. If you don't appreciate music for what it is and not the image it has then you shouldn't be in here.
    Seriously Stop Downvoting everything. I really dislike most my chemical romance fans and their last album really sucked but come on, they have done some really good songs in the past.
    Black Parade was awesome due to the Queen influence, but I haven't really enjoyed anything else from them.
    ""My Chemical Romance saved my life and I promised myself I will not end my life until I saw them,""one of the fans said. surely that's one reason not to tour? actually, yeah do a tour...
    WholeLottaIzzy is being downvoted? I guess UG community just discovered PornHub...
    I wish my lawn was emo so it would cut itself. My Chemical Tightpants fans they speak of sound like a bunch of entitled emo wussies.
    Don't you enjoy cutting the lawn? It's when you have the chance to put the music you love on a really loud volume, hoping that one of your neighbors will like that band that, unfortunately, only you and your bandmates know, and you'll have a new topic to talk about with your neighbors, which is music! ...yes I'm lonely.
    "My Chemical Romance saved my life and I promised myself I will not end my life until I saw them," This is NOT the way to get a band to tour again!
    Haven't listened to these guys since the album The Black Parade as when i heard the song Na Na Na it sounded to mainstream for me... as alot of the bands i like are heading in that direction. But it sucks that these guys split so suddenly!
    Those comments don't really do the band or the fans justice. O.O Just gives people more fuel to criticize and keep saying the things they say.
    I hope they do a farewell tour because I've always been a fan of the band but have never seen them live. I almost saw them with blink 182 in 2011, really not sure why I didn't, but a farewell tour may now be my only chance to see them.
    Thrice Capades
    I'm all for wanting to see your favorite band again, but I'm guessing all these people demanding a tour have never seen MCR in the first place. Here's a hint: everything you like on the albums sounds like manure in concert. Gerard has a shit voice and the crowds suck. Save your $30 and buy some NIN.
    Thrice Capades
    Seems I'm getting a couple downvotes for speaking truth, so allow me to clarify. I liked MCR's first two albums VERY MUCH. I liked them so much that I bought concert tickets to see them. I had pretty damned high hopes, which might have been my folly. But the bottom line is that they were awful. God awful. Very little energy from the instrumentalists, and all the energy that Gerard expended went to waste on the fact that he does not have a very good voice. He sounded terrible, actually. My point is this...if you LOVE this band so much that you've created this grand illusion of who they are in concert...flee in terror. Now. Because if you think they're rock gods, you are in the biggest letdown of your concert-going lives if you go to see them. Oh...and there really were WAY too many punkass teens who didn't know the first thing about a rock show. Seriously...I don't fault anybody for liking any music at any age. But damn...I can fault people for being idiots.
    Was Gerard Sober yet? That could very well explain the awful vocals. and everyone in the band back then was pretty much exhausted from dealing with him. I do not however deny that they have alot of fans with terrible dispositions. but there are a fair few of us that arent like that. and we all started with I brought you my Bullets for the most part. and in reply to your first comment where are you getting NIN tickets for 30 bucks. i couldnt afford them the last time they came through and back then i actually had expendable income.
    You must've had a bad show. When I saw them in 2011 in a more intimate venue the energy was high from all members of the band and Gerard sounded good. A hell of a lot better than Revenge-Early TBP tour. Mind you, during Revenge he was out of his mind on cocaine. So that might've had something to do with it.
    Second news about MCR and still no Gerard Way Jr comment, nothing is the same
    I hate the controversy of this band breaking up. Underoath's wasnt as huge, and granted they actually had a farewell tour, and their fanbase isnt comprised of millions of scene kids, so I guess I understand. What I still dont get is why cant their fans accept the fact that theyve broken up? Move on perhaps a good idea?
    I think the issue they are having is that the band had already announced they where writing a new album and we where all (us fans) anticipating new material possibly early next year. Then to hear the news without any warning that they just quit was a real bummer. Me personally, following this band for over a decade, feel a bit like it was a slap in the face. But cant do anything about it now except try to understand Way's decsion and move on.
    paulstfu · Mar 27, 2013 01:02 PM
    Are you implying the record label was the cause for the band splitting? If so, you might want to read Gerard Way's 2,000-something-word goodbye letter on the matter.
    As a fan of MCR, I think it's a little bit childish that you stated that you feel more mature.
    I feel like they'll probably do a reunion at some point. And I think the other members are starting new bands.
    >Another UK fan says that My Chemical Romance helped her "through a lot of crap." "They were the first band I obsessed with. I have 89 posters on my wall and more in my drawers. I made a bunch of friends from their Facebook page. I loved these guys since I was 2 . My dad used to play them in the car." Dude wat? How much crap can you go through as a child?
    How come people don't realize that petitions DON'T MEAN SHIT?!
    Thats not really true though is it...? Aside from all the political/humanitarian petitions that go through ALL the time, entertainment-wise they also work - I remember one a few years back to bring Darkplace out on DVD and that worked wonders.
    There was also operation rainfall, which was an effort to get 3 good japanese wii games localized to the us. It was the petition that got Xenoblade, Pandora's Tower, and the Last Story to our shores.
    "If they don't tour again, I'm going to cut myself" - average MCR fan (who was going to cut himself anyway).
    " "If they don't tour again, I'm going to cut myself" - average MCR fan (who was going to cut himself anyway)." Average ***** who lumps everyone into one category, because they don't know what they're talking about.
    "*cries* My favorite band didn't stand the test of time because so I demand they go on tour because I'm suicidal and my unhealthy obsession demands that they go one one more tour or play in my city just so I can see them because I spent too much time crying in my room over someone who didn't love me instead of getting a job to pay for tickets and then gas for someone to drive me to go see a show while I actually had the chance to do so!" Yeah, that sounds like a GREAT reason for a farewell tour. sarcasm ftw!
    I'm guessing mcr is gonna be in the ug news column for a while now, I'm a fan but I'm already tired of reading about this sure farwell tour would be cool but slim chances of it happening it sucks but they broke up tough tits and when I saw mcr do the MTV 2$ bill show for black parade album that's when I realized how awful the fans are but I don't let something like that determine if i like the band or not
    I saw these guys open for Blink a couple years back and they were ok. I don't enjoy their scene that much though. If a band calls it quits so abruptly there has to be a huge issue with someone, I would say mainly Gerard in this case since he was the one who wrote a book on why they broke up ( without even really explaining it). Also on a more blunt note, when a band knows what kind of people their fans are, mainly the ones who have had their lives saved by them, you think they'd make this a little easier on them by doing something for them?
    wait MCR split? Oh no, now their little teenage fans will be all sad and depressed and start self harming
    Gerard Way Jr
    Their fans were teens in 2004. It's been nearly a decade since then; can you not...uh...add? Most of the fans I'm acquainted with are 20+. Is this news, honestly? Like Who cares I mean, I hate that the band's gone and all,
    Most of them realise how shit mcr are when the get to sbout 19,20. And 20+ guys listening to that shit is just plain wrong
    Most of them realise how shit mcr are when they get to about 19,20. And 20+ guys listening to that shit is just plain wrong
    If you're young enough to say you've like MCR since you were 2, no one gives a **** about your opinion.
    What is it about this one band that causes kids with emotional struggles to worship them? I enjoyed them a lot as a kid but I never got the whole "MCR or die!" mentality...