My Chemical Romance announces upcoming reunion shows

In middle school, Megan Jenkins, senior history major from Nacogdoches, was seen as the odd one out. While other girls would talk about their love for the Jonas Brothers or Maroon 5, she had her headphones in listening to, “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” by My Chemical Romance.

When the band announced their split in 2012, Jenkins was heartbroken because they were her favorite band. Their music helped her when life started to get rough. She gives credit to their song, “Famous Last Words” for helping her move on from something she did not know if she could ever get passed. Jenkins was at work when she got a call from her friend telling her MCR reunited. She was in such a state of shock she had to step out of work to collect herself.

“I was one of those desperate few in a mad scramble to get tickets to the LA Reunion show, yet sadly failed in the three- minute sell-out,” Jenkins said.

“I’m so excited that they’re back. The band means so much to me and so many others. The fact that these few guys from New Jersey can help so many people, like my younger self, just with their music is incredible.”

On Halloween, MCR announced a reunion show, which will be held on Dec. 20 in Los Angeles’ Shrine Expo Hall. Their tickets went on sale Nov. 1 but sold out in three minutes. This show will be the band’s first show together since 2012. Fans are already planning for future shows.

“I’m super excited that they’re back,” said Cody Parks, a junior education major from Longview. “Now, I may be able to see them if they come to Dallas. I fell in love with MCR when I was a freshman in high school when I heard a song on the radio.”

MCR touched the hearts of many students on campus. Savvy Jackson, a freshman deaf education major from Flower Mound, started listening to MCR to impress a boy she liked, but started to slowly fall in love with the band and became hooked.

“I fell in love with everything,” Jackson said. “Their message, their various styles and, of course, their lyrics. Their personalities were amazing, too. I found them at a perfect part in my life. Hearing about the breakup was difficult for my young self, but I was also able to understand where it was coming from. However, hearing of their comeback sparked something in me.”

MCR has been described as many different genres such as alternative rock, emo pop, pop punk and hard rock. The final song they recorded together was, “Fake Your Death,” which was their way of saying goodbye to their fans.

According to lead vocalist, Gerard Way, MCR’s new album will reflect music they used to listen to when he was leaving high school and starting his adult life.

“[The band] is so genuine and raw, nothing like you hear today,” Jenkins said. “I’m beyond excited to see what they have in store and hope this is just the beginning for the band.”

The band is overwhelmed with the response from the group getting back together. After the sellout, the band made a new Instagram to thank their fans for their love and support.

“It is truly unbelievable to us the happiness we have experienced over the past two days,” the band wrote on an Instagram post with various throwback pictures. “From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for the warm welcome back. We truly did not expect this. See you soon. Xoxo, MCR.”

When the group split, Gerard Way, lead vocalist, spoke out and said it was, “nobody’s fault.” Way said the breakup was very difficult for the band members, but they did not want to “keep going and let it rust out on the rails.” Evelyn Ferretiz, a junior interior design major from Houston, was devastated when they split up and wrote a poem to express her emotions.

“They broke up two days before my birthday on March 22, 2013,” Ferretiz said. “I even wrote a poem. Obviously, I forgot how the poem went, but it went something like ‘March 22 of 2013, the day the music died.’”

MCR shared details about three scheduled shows for 2020. They announced they will be playing in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. New Zealand’s tickets went on sale Nov. 12, Australia’s tickets will go one sale on Nov. 13 and Japan’s will go on sale Jan. 18, 2020.

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