My Chemical Romance
Two school friends - drummer Matt Pelissier and soloist Gerard Way, founded the band My Chemical Romance, titled after the novel Trainspotting by Irvin Welsh, in 2001. The guys decided to try themselves in song composition and wrote their first thing Skylines And Turnstiles, devoted to the tragedy of September, 11. In some time the artists realized that they needed a full-time band to perform songs live. Guitarist Ray Toro, rhythm guitarist Frank Iero and Gerard's younger brother Mikey Way extended the band - Mikey wanted to join the group so much that he learned to play the bass for the case. In this lineup, My Chemical Romance signed to the Eyeball Records and released the piercing debut I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love in 2002. Love, death, depressions and revenge became the main themes of the album. The mixture of pop punk and rock, spiced up with black humor, caught the attention of the audience.
In 2003, the command switched to the Reprise Records and recorded their breakthrough disc Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, which saw light in 2004. The work featured such hits, as I'm Not Okay (I Promise), Helena and The Ghost of You. The style of My Chemical Romance began to be defined as emo, but the musicians themselves severely refuse from such definition of their creativity. The controversy around the band was ignited again after Matt Pelissier was expelled from the band and substituted by Bob Bryar. Moreover, it became known that Gerard Way used to take drugs and alcohol to struggle the depression. After the release of Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, the command actively toured around the USA with such starry colleagues as Green Day and Fall Out Boy. The My Chemical Romance members along with The Used also recorded the cover for Under Pressure song, performed earlier by Queen and David Bowie.
In April 2006, My Chemical Romance got down to the record of their third studio attempt The Black Parade. However, the artists did not made public the title of the disc until its release. The quintet worked over that full-length with Rob Cavallo, known for his collaboration with Green Day. The disc had a conception - all the songs were united with one theme and represented the reminiscences of the main character, called the Patient, who died of cancer in his youth. In order to fit the image of a person, who underwent the chemotherapy, Gerard Way even lost some weight and bleached his hair. Lead single Welcome To The Black Parade was accompanied with the spectacular video. In the process of shooting video for dramatic and speedy hit single Famous Last Words Gerard Way and Bob Bryar were injured - this caused the cancellation of several tour concerts. The Black Parade album was noted as one of the strongest records of 2006, while the world tour in the support of the disc was a sound success. After the end of the tour, the musicians of My Chemical Romance stated that they wanted to have a rest and the listeners should expect the next album in 2008 or later. The second live album The Black Parade Is Dead! was released in 2008. It includes records from My Chemical Romance performances of 2007. Release of the long awaited long play Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys took place in 2010. The record attracted band’s numerous fans’ attention in no time: the conceptual album tells us a whole story, the main characters of which are My Chemical Romance musicians. The story happens in 2019, and besides an interesting plot, listeners got incredible compositions. The rockers had been working on Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys since 2006, and it is worth mentioning that the result satisfied all the expectations.