Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Mikey Way and Frank Iero are the New Jersey rockers who form and 2011 sees the nearing of the bands 10 year anniversary. Having formed in September, Gerard Way brought the band together after re-evaluating his life when he witnessed the horrific 9/11 plane crash. This week’s blog takes a look at one of the most successful rock bands on the planet and how they got to where they are today.
In 2002 the band got their first taste of main stream success with the release of their second album ‘Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge’ after having toured with the likes of Avenged Sevenfold. This album captivated the teenage rock scene with its fresh new sound and hammering tunes including ‘Helena’ and ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’ and brought to light a whole new meaning to the alternative rock scene.
After a wealthy success off the back of ‘Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge’, Way and the boys came back with a bite when they released ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ in 2006. The macabre feel of the album was a massive success with old and new fans alike and when they held a one off gig at the Hammersmith in London, the tickets sold out in just 15 minutes. When interviewed about the theme of the album, Way described death coming to the person in the form of their fondest memory which is why the album is based on a parade, laden with deathly skeletal figures and ghostly apparitions. The art work for the album went down a storm along with some epic tracks including the suited and booted ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’, the violent minded ‘Teenagers’, and the rocky ballad ‘I Don’t Love You’. The tours revolving around this album were a sight for sore eyes with over 130 gigs worldwide and a mind blowing array of theatrical costumes and blinding pyrotechnics.
The release of their 2010 album ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ saw the band take a different approach to their music, taking out the theatrical aspects and stripping everything down before giving it a sprinkle of that magical MCR dust. The first release off the album was “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)”, the perfect sing along track if you’re a bit useless at remembering the words! It gained momentous acclaim from fans and critics alike and it is featured on Sims 3: Late Night, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and was also part of the transition sequence on Russell Howard’s Good News! Not bad for the first album single!
As if it wasn’t already, Danger Days has certainly cemented the bands rock status and whether or not you are a fan of MCR, it’s guaranteed that there is at least one song they have released which will get you tapping your feet and desperately trying not to break out into song.
Some of the fan artwork off the back of ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ was just as haunting and dramatic as that off the album cover, so we would love to see what you guys and girls have got up your sleeves. Whether it’s from the early days of Three Cheers or cartoon crazy pictures of the Killjoys, we want to see what you’ve got! Make it loud, make it proud and show some love for the multi platinum rock gods!