My Chemical Romance fans are still recovering from the sad news that the rock group has decided to call it quits. On March 22, 2013, the band announced their break-up on their official website issuing this statement:
“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.”
The group debuted a brand new song called “Fake Your Death” which they recorded before they officially announced their disbandment. The track premiered on BBC Radio 1 and on their YouTube page on Monday, February 17. The song is set to be released as part of the band’s greatest hits collection, which is scheduled for release March 25.
Lead singer of the group Gerard Way revealed some of his thoughts on the band’s breakup in a lengthy open letter.
“We were spectacular. Every show I knew this, every show I felt it with or without external confirmation,”
“There were some clunkers, sometimes our secondhand gear broke, sometimes I had no voice – we were still great. It is this belief that made us who we were, but also many other things, all of them vital – And all of the things that made us great were the very things that were going to end us – Fiction. Friction. Creation. Destruction. Opposition. Aggression. Ambition. Heart. Hate. Courage. Spite. Beauty. Desperation. LOVE. Fear. Glamour. Weakness. Hope. Fatalism.”
Way singled out a show in Asbury Park, New Jersey, on May 19th, 2012, as a turning point:
“This is different – a strange anxiety jetting through me that I can only imagine is the sixth sense one feels before their last moments alive,”
“My pupils have zeroed-out and I have ceased blinking. My body temperature is icy. We get the cue to hit the stage.” But the show felt somehow empty to Way this time around. “I am acting. I never act on stage, even when it appears that I am, even when I’m hamming it up or delivering a soliloquy,”
“I have become highly self-aware, almost as if waking from a dream. I began to move faster, more frantic, reckless – trying to shake it off – but all it began to create was silence. The amps, the cheers, all began to fade.”
The greatest hits collection will also include major hits like “Helena”, “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”, “Welcome to the Black Parade”, “Teenagers” and “The Ghost of You”.