My Chemical Romance sent the scene into a total whirlwind less than a week ago with the announcement of their return. With one Los Angeles show selling out almost immediately, fans have been anxiously awaiting more dates.
Those wishes came true as the band revealed two more shows this time outside of the states with a two-date festival stop and a one-off.
They’ll be hitting Download Festival in Sydney and Melbourne March 20 and March 21, 2020 respectively. They join a lineup alongside Deftones, Jimmy Eat World, Clutch, Ministry, Lacuna Coil, Hands Like Houses, New Years Day, Stand Atlantic and more. On March 25, they’ll be heading to Western Springs, New Zealand with Jimmy Eat World, Midnight Youth and Miss June.
Download tickets are on sale Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 12 p.m. local time with more information available here. The New Zealand date general on sale begins Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. local time with more information including presale here.
— My Chemical Romance (@MCRofficial) November 5, 2019
— My Chemical Romance (@MCRofficial) November 5, 2019
UPDATE: NOV. 5, 2019, 8:11 P.M. ET
Following two Australia shows for Download Festival and a one-off with Jimmy Eat World, MCR have added yet another show for their reunion run.
The band will be heading to Download Japan 2020 on March 29. They’ll be joined by the Offspring, Evanescence, Jimmy Eat World, In Flames, At The Gates and more.
Presale begins Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. local time. General on sale begins Jan. 18, 2020 at 10 a.m. local time. More information is available here.
12/20/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall
03/20/20 – Download Melbourne @ Melbourne Showgrounds
03/21/20 – Download Sydney @ Parramatta Park
03/25/20 – Western Springs, NZ @ The Outer Fields at Western Springs
03/29/20 – Download Japan @ Makuhari Messe Event Hall
More on the My Chemical Romance return
Rumors of a My Chemical Romance reunion have run rampant since the emo staples disbanded in 2013. Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman even revealed he attempted to get the band back together for the tour’s 25th anniversary shows to no avail.
However, one rumor took major traction thanks to Joe Jonas. Yes, the Jonas Brother member claimed to have heard the band rehearsing.
The brothers appeared on the KISS FM Breakfast Show June 7 to discuss their new album, but during the interview, Joe Jonas dished some dirt that is definitely toying with our emotions. Joe claims that while they were rehearsing in New York, MCR were apparently there rehearsing right next to them.
“I’ve got some dirt. My Chemical Romance apparently were rehearsing next to us in New York recently, which I thought they broke up, so I don’t know.”
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With Joe Jonas and Hoppus getting our hopes up, Frank Iero finally addressed the rumor nearly a month later. Iero squashed the rumors in an interview with the Asbury Park Press ahead of the Atlantic City Warped Tour. “I survived a bus accident, so anything is possible,” Iero said.
When asked about My Chemical Romance, Iero denied Joe’s report of the shared practice space. While Iero denied that anything was currently in the works, he left the door cracked for a victory lap someday.
Then finally, they said it would never happen, and then it did. On Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. ET, activity began on a new Instagram account for My Chemical Romance. The posts surfaced shortly after fans began speculating Frank Iero’s Oct. 30 Instagram post was about more than the weather.
“it’s reported that it’s going to rain in new jersey tomorrow, washing out all Halloween festivities…” Iero posted. “Guess we’re gonna have to find something else to do.”
At 2 p.m. ET on Oct. 31, the band’s Facebook page changed their profile picture to a black candle.
The same image surfaced on their Instagram stories for the new account, @mychemicalromance but with “ex. 1: Clarity” added to the corner. The band followed up the posts with three more images, instead of Clarity, they used Courage, Sacrifice and Devotion. They then posted a fifth image with their initials, pulling together the four other images as part of the design.
In the midst of the Instagram teasing, sources confirmed with AltPress that a secret event was being held at Hot Topic Hollywood where black candles and red roses are adorning the room. There is signage currently covered that is still to be revealed. Attendees have also received black boxes that they aren’t permitted to open just yet, seen below.
At exactly 3 p.m. ET, the band ended the hour of speculation by posting to their Instagram page, “Like Phantoms Forever…Tickets on Sale Friday 11/1/19 at 12:00 PM Pacific”
Unlike the 2016 speculation coupled with the band’s social media postings that ended up being a The Black Parade rerelease, they’re finally back. With the return post, they shared a ticket link for their show being held Dec. 20 at Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles.
This will mark their first show since breaking up March 22, 2013. After releasing their last album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, on Nov. 22, 2010, MCR played what was believed to be their final show May 19, 2012 at Bamboozle in their home state of New Jersey. According to setlist.fm, the band closed out that final set with “Helena,” which you can see below thanks to fan-shot footage.
My Chemical Romance has also launched a new round of merch (the same that reportedly went live too early on Warner’s UK store), featuring return-related text and the images posted to their Instagram story.
A few hours after the reveal, the band took to social media to thank fans for the warm welcome.
“It is truly unbelievable to us the happiness we have experienced over the past two days. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for the warm welcome back. We truly did not expect this. See you soon. Xoxo, MCR.”
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