Gerard Way Opens Up on My Chemical Romance Split: 'I Consider 'Fake Your Death' to Be Last MCR Song'

"And yes, it is f--king heartbreaking," the frontman adds.

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With the announcement of "May Death Never Stop You" greatest hits album, former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way opened up about the band's split and the message behind the previously unreleased "Fake Your Death" track.

The singer described the compilation's opening tune as the band's final song, calling it a "wave goodbye to all" in a recent extended tweet. "I consider 'Fake Your Death' to be the 'last MCR song,' and to me, it is absolutely the final fully realized collaboration between the members of the band," Way noted.

"Oddly, or fittingly, it was written while the Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils and won the Stanley Cup, though this did not inform or inspire the song as I was unaware (along with James and Doug) that this was happening and have only a small interest in sports. After the game, the rest of the band had arrived at the studio where we added elements to its existing structure, fleshing it out some more, and it started to form," the vocalist continued.

"What was not so obvious at the time was that the song was, and would serve as, a eulogy for the band, though I should have known it from the lyrics. I think internally I did, as I felt an odd sense of sadness and loss after hearing back the words on top of the music. I also felt a strange sense of pride in how honest it was, and could not remember a band recording a song of this nature, being so self-aware. Ending felt like something honest, and honest always feels like something new."

Gerard ultimately concluded: "So it will exist, and it is no cowardly act to release something of this nature, but a service to those who believed in a band that did not compromise, and a wave goodbye to all. And yes, it is f--king heartbreaking. And while I don't believe the lyrics of the chorus today - I did at the time, which to me is a core ingredient to the music of MCR. And it is through that belief, and yours, that we were able to achieve many beautiful things."

"May Death Never Stop You" is scheduled for March 25 release via Reprise Records. Head over to iTunes for pre-orders and song previews.

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    I'm a huge proghead, and heard how all of their records were concept records, and ignored all the hipsters who said they were too emo and horrible, and it turned out they were a great band. Especially on "The Black Parade". Look, haters. There's not really too much to hate on for these guys. Guaranteed, if it's on the radio nowadays, it's worse. They wrote catchy vocal melodies, had some kickass riffs and solos, solid lyrical concepts, and I don't care that most of their fanbase is ugly weeping 14 year old girls. Drop a record like "The Black Parade" in the 70s or 80s and it would have been a classic today. Moreso than Nickelback or Nicki Minaj anyways.
    Say what you want about MCR, but they knew how to write a hell of a rock song.
    Gerard was a good singer, the drums were pretty stellar, Ray was definitely a kick ass guitarist, if it weren't for the awful fan-base, these guys would be readily accepted all over UG.
    Seriously. I saw MCR twice, and they put on a phenomenal show, but being at the venue while they weren't playing (and just being surrounded by icky MCR fans) was torture.
    totally agree, I used to like them quite a bit around when The Black Parade came out, but then I discovered their fanbase and it kind of turned me off to the band, thank you Hot Topic for creating annoying fanbases.
    The only thing that put me off from MCR after listening to them for many years is the massive following of fangirls they have. Looking at things objectively, MCR is a great band and all the members did a very good job of creating inspirational music. Three Cheers will always remain my favourite album.
    I really enjoyed MCR over the past years, although I did not like Black Parade very much. It is really sad they split up, but I'm gonna enjoy the shit out of this last song!
    So many misinformed posters. Please refrain from commenting about a band you just heard about for the first time.
    Just saw on the tracklisting there's a previously unreleased video of "Blood". That song will actually be justifiable now it's going to have a video hahaha
    I remember that Stanley Cup. It was a ****ing tragedy and the Kings played dirty through the majority of the playoffs.
    Greatist hits out in time to raise his profile again for the solo album. That'll bomb and they'll probably reunite before the end of the summer.
    Oh man all those poor teenage girls and gender confused boys what will they do!!!
    You do realize that the split was like a year ago?
    You do realize I dont listen to them?