The romance is officially dead.
Alt-rockers My Chemical Romance are calling it quits, with the band making the announcement on its website Friday night. In the post, the band called their experience together “a true blessing” and thanked their fans for the years of support.
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During their 12 years together, the New Jersey-formed group fronted by singer Gerard Way released four studio albums, and reached platinum status with 2004’s and 2006’s .
MCR also notched several radio hits. Among them: 2004’s anthemic "I’m Not Okay (I Promise), 2006’s epic "Welcome to the Black Parade" and 2010’s "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" and "Sing," the latter which was performed on (both in the show and on tour) and used in an ad campaign.
But while their fanbase grew exponentially since first coming together in 2001, a No. 1 album eluded the band, which also included members Ray Toro, Frank Iero and Mikey Way, younger brother of Gerard.
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Speaking to on the week was released in 2010, singer Way explained the band’s long process of making albums, one of which was scrapped entirely in the four years prior. How do they know when it’s right? "If you chase the art, you really can’t fail because you’ll always be able to look at yourself in the mirror," he said at the time. "And that’s not about making angry decisions, either, where it’s like, ‘Oh I’m going to see how punk we can be,’ it’s about always doing the right thing for you, your fans and your art."
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.
Read the band’s message in its entirety below.
"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."