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Top 10 Facts - My Chemical Romance
12.24.2015
Fact #1

My Chemical Romance (often abbreviated as MCR) was an American rock band from New Jersey, formed in 2001. The band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way and keyboardist James Dewees.

Fact #2

Gerard told Metal Underground the story in a 2004 interview, "The craziest thing that ever happened to me was being attacked by a black bird. It pecked the sh*t out of my head. We were at this hotel called The Phoenix in San Francisco.

Fact #3

Gerard regularly shares new music and art on his Twitter account. It's especially exciting when he references current, underground bands to prominent indie rock bands of yesteryear. A personal favorite? When he compared Welsh up—and—comers Joanna Gruesome to Velocity Girl.

Fact #4

They recorded their debut album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, just three months after the formation of the band and released it in 2002 through Eyeball Records.

Fact #5

My Chemical Romance offered free downloads through PureVolume and the social networking website MySpace, where they gained an initial fan base.

Fact #6

On May 8, 2008, British tabloid The Sun published an article entitled "Suicide of Hannah, the Secret Emo", which reported the death of a thirteen—year—old British girl named Hannah Bond, who had hanged herself supposedly because of her involvement with a reported "self—harming 'emo' cult", which the newspaper directly associated with My Chemical Romance.

Fact #7

A group of British fans eventually planned a march across London in protest against the depiction of the band in the media. The march was expected to be held on May 31, beginning at Hyde Park's West Pond and ending outside the offices of tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail, which widely criticized My Chemical Romance and had published general pieces about the dangers of "suicide cults".

Fact #8

On April 28, 2011, US broadcaster Glenn Beck labelled the My Chemical Romance song "Sing" as "propaganda" after it was featured and covered on the US musical drama TV series Glee in February 2011. Beck stated "It's an anthem saying 'Join us'. How can you and I possibly win against that?"

Fact #9

On March 25, 2014, the band released a greatest hits collection, entitled May Death Never Stop You, containing material spreading their entire career, as well a single unreleased track.The track "Fake Your Death" was made available digitally on February 17.

Fact #10

Lead vocalist Gerard Way announced his debut solo album Hesitant Alien with the release of an advance—single "Action Cat". He played his first solo shows at Reading and Leeds Festivals 2014.

Fact #11
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