Former My Chemical Romance guitarist Ray Toro is speaking out about that frustratingly subliminal teaser they dropped for the 10th anniversary of The Black Parade (read our tribute to the album). It led to many fans freaking out hoping the band would reunite for a string of tribute concerts (or for good). But unfortunately, it never happened.
“I feel like that took everybody aback,” Toro told NME about the reunion speculation. “I don’t think we realized how dramatic that teaser trailer was. We were just looking for a cool way to announce the 10th anniversary—and we were all just blown away by the reaction.”
“It makes you feel really good, because you know so many years later your work is still appreciated and it’s finding a new audience. One of the things we hear a lot that is that people who weren’t even born when that album or when the band first started are somehow into us. I remember when I was in high school, listening to The Misfits. You’d never get to see them live back then but it ends up getting passed down and becomes almost mythical in a sense, so I think that’s pretty cool if that does happen with My Chem.”
Toro also touched on his band mates; commitment to their individual projects, which includes his forthcoming debut album. The artist's solo LP Remember The Laughter will arrive on Nov. 18.
“Because the record was written over the course of 3 1/2 years, it feels very much like the memory box the character finds on the record,” Toro said about the album. "Lyrically, I tried to communicate the lessons that I have learned from my parents, and explore what I would want to teach my son. In a way, it is my memory box to him."
While you reminisce on the good 'ol MCR days, watch a throwback video where My Chemical Romance talk Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge in 2004 below: