It has been a little over a week since My Chemical Romance first teased that something new is on the horizon and, through all of the reunion speculations, it has been confirmed that to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, a new version of Welcome to the Black Parade is coming our way!
The release will be called The Black Parade/Living With Ghosts and will be released on September 23rd. So, friends, dust off those black military jackets and sharpen your black eyeliner. As I have always said, “scene is a phase but emo is forever”.
The re-release will include 11 demos as well as outtakes from the original recording session. That’s like, a lot of new material from a band that doesn’t technically exist anymore. As someone that has had to stand by helplessly as my best friend mourned the loss of her favourite band, I’m thrilled that they are coming back – even if it’s only for her sake.
If I’m honest with myself though, my fave gal pal wasn’t the only one shedding tears when the announcement was made. I have never had allergies in my life but that day, suddenly, everything was setting me off.
The original The Black Parade is certified double platinum and has been described as “genre-defining”. I genuinely believe that it was this album that made being emo ‘cool’ back in 2006 when it was first released under Reprise Records.
It was also the album that got them a lot of hate.
This new release seems to be a kind of ‘thank you’ to those who stood by the band through thick and thin. Those that continued to support them while others threw bottles of piss at them as they played at festivals. It got to a point where it wasn’t easy to be an MCR fan and yet so many continued to proudly label themselves as such – even after the 2013 break up.
The record will include an early version of Welcome to the Black Parade, and demos of fan favourites such as Mama, Disenchanted, and two versions of House of Wolves (!!!) – all recorded with producer Rob Cavallo in the original recording session. There will be four tracks that haven’t ever been released in any way, shape, or form: Party at the End of the World, Not That Kind of Girl, Emily, and All the Angels. My Way Home is Through You, which has only been previously released on the Famous Last Words EP, will also make an appearance.
There was a time not so long ago (and by that I mean 3 weeks ago) where holding out hope for new My Chemical Romance music was about as ridiculous as holding out hope for a John Lennon revival and yet here we are. New material is coming and as Gerard Way said:
“My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die.”
“We, the members of MCR, dedicate this release to the memory of Craig Aaronson, our friend, our relentless champion, our A&R man. He was appreciated, he was loved, he will be forever missed.”
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