My Chemical Romance has been my favorite theatrical rock band since I first sang along to “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” on the way home from Vans Warped Tour in 2010. The band just released a greatest hits album, May Death Never Stop You, that features some of their biggest and most memorable hits. While the reasons for ending the group were never quite clear, Way recently tweeted an explanation as to why he is trying to move away from My Chemical Romance and forward in a different direction: irrational fans and the pressure of explaining the band’s hiatus.
Way took to Twitter to explain that he “will no longer present information on the band” and that he felt “it is the messenger, or the source of information that receives an irrational reaction” that he described as “unhealthy.” Way admitted that by being a spokesperson for the band over its decade-long career and through the announcement of the hiatus, he “began to feel like it was my job to perform on here and this is not my arena.”
I’ve written before on the intense pressure social media sites can place on artists and their interactions with fans, so I don’t fault Way for wanting to distance himself from a band that has ended. It does seriously dash my hopes of My Chemical Romance reuniting, but at least they left fans like me with an impressive and memorable discography.
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