More than five years after My Chemical Romance called it quits, frontman Gerard Way has offered his thoughts once again on the prospect of a reunion.
Ever since My Chemical Romance broke up in early 2013, fans have been hoping against hope that the band might one day see the light and get back together.
While frontman Gerard Way has released a number of singles, an album, a comic book series, and TV show, we also recently scored a collab with ex-guitarist Ray Toro.
Back in 2017 though, fans undoubtedly got their hopes up a little bit when Way explained that he “wouldn’t count [a reunion] out”, though he noted that “everybody’s doing stuff in their lives now that they’re really enjoying.”
Regardless, dedicated supporters assumed that as the years go by, nostalgia would make the prospect of a My Chemical Romance reunion much more appealing to Way. However, a new interview appears to have dashed these hopes entirely.
Speaking to The Guardian, Gerard Way outlined the reasons behind the group’s split, noting that playing with the group had lost its appeal.
“It wasn’t fun to make stuff any more,” he explained. “I think breaking up the band broke us out of that machine.”
“When things start to succeed and go really well, that’s when a lot of people start to have an opinion and that’s when you run into struggle.”
“Everybody had a fucking opinion about what MCR should be,” he continued. “So it made it difficult to figure out what direction to take next. You get caught up in this trap of ‘Is it ever gonna be good enough?’”
However, while Gerard Way noted the fact that the Barack Obama era of American made him feel as though My Chemical Romance’s voice was no longer needed, it has indeed occurred to him that the band might be needed now more than ever.
“That’s stuff I thought about when the world started to get super fucked-up again,” Way explained. “It definitely came into my head, but I’d changed so much as a person.”
“I didn’t know how I’d fit into it any more, I didn’t know how the band would fit into it any more. But you’re right, the world is definitely in need of something positive.”
“We definitely get offers regularly to reunite – it’s a constant thing,” he concluded. “It’s flattering, it’s really nice of people …”
“I miss playing with the guys, but I don’t think so…”
While this might not be the news we were hoping for, we can definitely take solace that Gerard Way hasn’t explicitly said the word “never”. So let’s keep on looking forward to the future with a bit of positivity.