The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down with artists to talk about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured artist is My Chemical Romance.
Formed in New Jersey following the events of September 11, My Chemical Romance came to be through a collaboration between singer Gerard Way, bassist Mike Way, guitarists Frank Iero and Ray Toro, and drummer Matt Pelissier (later replaced by Bob Bryar).With their lineup in place, the bandmates began touring and making plans for an album.
One year later, My Chemical Romance's debut, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, produced by Goeff Rickley of Thursday, was released on Eyeball Records. The album attracted a small following until a 2003 signing with Reprise Records brought their platinum-selling record, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. The album birthed the hit singles and videos for "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)," "Helena," and "The Ghost of You," and a devoted fan following was born, too.
Following their new success, My Chemical Romance went on an extensive tour of the world and with bands like Green Day, Alkaline Trio, Story of the Year and Taking Back Sunday before entering the studio once again for their third album release, Life on the Murder Scene. Soon thereafter, The Black Parade was released and by early 2007, the record went platinum, famous for the dark sounds they've been come to known by, with songs like "Welcome to the Black Parade" and "Famous Last Words." Nonstop touring took the band around the world again, with a stop along the way headlining Madison Square Garden in 2008.
After a personal hiatus while members of the band took time to welcome new changes (and family members) into their lives, the band returned to the studio to welcome a new album, as well, regrouping at the home studio of Black Parade producer Rob Cavallo. Gone was the dark poetry, the gloom and doom. In its place was exuberance. Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys was released in 2010 and boasted a more punk rock dance sound with an underlying sci-fi narrative throughout the album. Batman is namechecked, jazz hands are celebrated. And for My Chemical Romance, the party doesn't appear to be ending any time soon.