When did My Chemical Romance split and what was the reason?

9 April 2020, 16:00 | Updated: 9 April 2020, 16:01

My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way in 2004
My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way in 2004. Picture: L. Cohen/WireImage for Yahoo!_PR, Music/ Getty Images

As MCR frontman Gerard Way celebrates his birthday and releases a new solo collection, we delve into when the band first split and why.

My Chemical Romance delighted their legions of fans around the world when they announced their full reunion this year.

The Welcome to the Black Parade band - who are comprised of Gerard Way, Frank Iero, Mikey Way and Ray Toro - confirmed they were getting the band back together for dates across the globe this year.

Things may have taken a back seat somewhat, but it doesn't mean we won't see the emo rockers again soon. In fact, their frontman has made it clear he's been busy by sharing a collection of solo tracks called the Distraction Or Despair collection.

But as frontman Gerard Way celebrates his birthday this week, we ask: when did MCR first split and why?

Jesse McCartney, My Chemical Romance, and Rick Gonzalez Visit MTV's TRL - January 17th, 2005
My Chemical Romance at MTV's TRL in 2005. Picture: Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic/Getty Images

When did My Chemical Romance split?

MCR officially announced their split on 22 March 2013.

According to setlist fm, their last live show was in New Jersey, USA at Bamboozle 2012.

In a statement on their website, they told their fans: "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."

Seems simple and succinct enough, but was there more to the story? Was there a Gallagher-style beef behind the scenes?

My Chemical Romance at Gerard Way in Sydney
My Chemical Romance at Gerard Way in Sydney. Picture: Don Arnold/WireImage/Getty Images

Why did My Chemical Romance split?

A year on in 2014, Gerard Way insisted the split was "nobody's fault".

As NME reported at the time, speaking to Zane Lowe, the rocker revealed that despite the band being "pretty upset," they felt "It was time."

He told the DJ, “I think because it was so special and it was such an amazing thing… to keep going and let it rust out on the rails? That was not the way that band was supposed to go out."

The Na Na Na rocker added: "It wasn’t an easy thing to come to. It was sad, because it wasn’t a situation where anybody hated each other. It was nobody’s fault.

"You should always be doing new things and changing and growing as a human being,” said Way, adding with Chemical Romance it was “Mission accomplished!"

My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way in 2011
My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way in 2011. Picture: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

However, years later the real reason for their break-up became more apparent, with frontman Gerard Way revealing it just stopped being fun.

"It wasn’t fun to make stuff any more," the Helena singer told The Guardian. "I think breaking up the band broke us out of that machine.”

And break out of "that machine" they did, with the rocker going on to release his debut solo effort Hesitant Alien in 2014.

Gerard Way at Leeds Festival 2014
Gerard Way at Leeds Festival 2014. Picture: Andrew Benge/Redferns via Getty Images

Whether or not the band are sticking around or if there's new music on the cards, fans can delight in the knowledge that they they'll at least be seeing more of My Chemical Romance in the future.

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