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My Chemical Romance Are Back… And Here’s Why That’s Brilliant

Andy Biddulph
Andy Biddulph 31 October 2019 at 20.14

Well, it finally happened.

In his farewell letter to fans back in March 2013, Gerard Way listed the things that made he and his band spectacular.

“Fiction. Friction. Creation. Destruction. Opposition. Aggression. Ambition,” he wrote in a lengthy, emotional message.

“Heart. Hate. Courage. Spite. Beauty. Desperation. LOVE. Fear. Glamour. Weakness. Hope.”

Then? One final word: “Fatalism.”

If it was expected back then, at least from within the band’s ranks, that My Chemical Romance would burn out and disappear one day, it’s felt entirely likely - inevitable almost - that they’d come hurtling back into view like this.

Maybe those are all of the things that have brought them back. Maybe a world filled with friction, beset by fiction and ruled by destruction needs a little heart, a little courage, a little beauty, love, hope and ambition.

But today feels more about just a handful of words.

Clarity. Courage. Sacrifice. Devotion.

More effectively than a grand marketing plan or the carefully managed rollout of something this huge, those four words signaled the return of the most special bands in the most MCR way possible. The full extent of the meaning and intention of those words will surely become clear soon, but what’s to come feels more important than any reunion this world has seen.

It’s the continuation of something special that stretches back almost two decades. It’s friends who last saw each other seven years ago reconnecting, digging out old T-shirts and squeezing into them to go see the band who, for a lot of people, started everything.

Even more than that, though, it feels as though this is an opportunity for an already iconic band to not only celebrate their legacy, but build on it.

Remember when you first heard a My Chemical Romance song? First saw them live? Connected with somebody like you in the queue for a show?

Imagine thousands upon thousands of people who missed out the first time getting to experience those moments. An opportunity for a whole new generation to experience that band and these songs and this community as purely and viscerally as possible. Due to all of those words Gerard put to paper in 2013 and more, that feels more important than ever right now.

Because in the end, who are we, they or anybody else to say a band... no, an idea this grand and all-consuming shouldn’t be experienced by generations and decades to come. Why shouldn’t a band like this, now they’re ready, return and take those final few steps from being iconic to something legendary.

Is this an unnecessary victory lap? It certainly doesn’t feel that way. A cash grab? Not on your life.

Time will tell what shape, form and length all of what’s to come takes, but today more than ever, one thing is clear: bands, people and eras can come and go, but ideas? Ideas never die.

My Chemical Romance play the Los Angeles Shrine Expo Hall on December 20, 2019.

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