From Gerard Way To…

First things first, Im sorry for my bad english.

This is the last thing I remember Gerard Way have posted about MCR breaking up. It has been long since I have this on my computer, so I forgot when and where he posted this (maybe in twitter or his own blog). I save this letter for all of us who still think they would come back someday, I never edited this out, not even slightest, it’s truly his own post, Gerard Way’s words to all of us. The Armies, The Killjoys.

 

 

Gerard Way @gerardway
A Vigil, On Birds and Glass.

I woke up this morning still dreaming, or not fully aware of myself just
yet. The sun poked through the windows, touching my face, and then a
deep sadness overcame me, immediately, bringing me to life and
realization- My Chemical Romance had ended.
I walked downstairs to do the only thing I could think of to regain
composure-
I made coffee.
As the drip began, in that kind of silence that only happens in the
morning, and being the only one awake, I stepped outside my home,
leaving the door open behind me. I looked around and began to breathe.
Things looked to be about the same- a beautiful day.
As I turned to step back into the house I heard sound from within, a
chirp and a rustle. And I noticed a small brown bird had flown into the
library. Naturally, I panicked. I knew I had to see the bird to safety
and I knew I had to retain the order of things in our home, and he very
well couldn’t take up residency with us. I chased him (still assuming he
was a he) into my office, where I have these very large windows.
Just then, and luckily, I heard Lindsey’s footsteps coming down the
stairs, and naturally being composed as she is, she grabbed a blanket
and stepped into the office. He was impossible to catch, and I began to
open the windows, via Lindsey’s direction, only to find out they were
screened. The bird began to fly into the glass, over and over and in all
different directions.
Smack.
Smack.
Smack!
I heard another set of footsteps, Bandit’s, running down the stairs in
anticipation of the new day. Her entrance into the situation caused just
the right amount of chaos (she was very excited to meet the bird) and we
found ourselves chasing the bird into the living room. Knowing that this
where it could potentially get sticky, being the high ceilings and the
beams to perch on, I opened the front door as Lindsey did her best to
encourage our new friend out the door. After some coaxing, flying,
chirping, a wrong turn back into the library and a short goodbye to
Bandit, he simply hopped out the front door- taking off on the fifth leap.
We cheered.
I was no longer sad.
I didn’t realize it, but I stopped being sad the minute that bird had
come into my life, because there was something that needed doing, a
small vessel to aid and an order to keep. I closed the door. I decided
to write the letter I always knew I would.

It is often my nature to be abstract, hidden in plain sight, or nowhere
at all. I have always felt that the art I have made (alone or with
friends) contains all of my intent when executed properly, and thus, no
explanation required. It is simply not in my nature to excuse, explain,
or justify any action I have taken as a result of thinking it through
with a clear head, and in my truth.
I had always felt this situation involving the end of this band would be
different, in the eventuality it happened. I would be cryptic in its
existence, and open upon its death.

The clearest actions come from truth, not obligation. And the truth of
the matter is that I love every one of you.
So, if this finds you well, and sheds some light on anything, or my
personal account and feelings on the matter, then it is out of this
love, mutual and shared, not duty.
Love.
This was always my intent.

My Chemical Romance: 2001-2013

We were spectacular.
Every show I knew this, every show I felt it with or without external
confirmation.
There were some clunkers, sometimes our secondhand gear broke, sometimes
I had no voice- we were still great. It is this belief that made us who
we were, but also many other things, all of them vital-
And all of the things that made us great were the very things that were
going to end us-

Fiction. Friction. Creation. Destruction. Opposition. Aggression.
Ambition. Heart. Hate. Courage. Spite. Beauty. Desperation. LOVE. Fear.
Glamour. Weakness. Hope.

Fatalism.

That last one is very important. My Chemical Romance had, built within
its core, a fail-safe. A doomsday device, should certain events occur or
cease occurring, would detonate. I shared knowledge of this “flaw”
within weeks of its inception.
Personally, I embraced it because, again, it made us perfect. A perfect
machine, beautiful, yet self aware of it’s system. Under directive to
terminate before it becomes compromised. To protect the idea- at all
costs. This probably sounds like something ripped from the pages of a
four-color comic book, and that’s the point.
No compromise. No surrender. No fucking shit.

To me that’s rock and roll. And I believe in rock and roll.

I wasn’t shy about who I said this to, not the press, or a fan, or a
relative. It’s in the lyrics, it’s in the banter. I often watched the
journalists snicker at mention of it, assuming I was being sensational
or melodramatic (in their defense I was most likely dressed as an
apocalyptic marching-band leader with a tear-away hospital gown and a
face covered in expressionist paint, so fair enough).
I’m still not sure if the mechanism worked correctly, because it wasn’t
a bang but a much slower process. But still the same result, and still
for the same reason-

When it’s time, we stop.

It is important to understand that for us, the opinion on whether or not
it is in fact time does not transmit from the audience. Again, this is
to protect the idea for the benefit of the audience. Many a band have
waited for external confirmation that it is time to hang it up, via
ticket sales, chart positioning, boos and bottles of urine- input that
holds no sway for us, and often too late when it comes anyway.

You should know it in your being, if you listen to the truth inside you.
And voice inside became louder than the music.

<At this point, I take a break to receive a visit from old friends, all
of which were instrumental in some way to the beginnings of the band. We
talk about the old days, and we talk about music, we talk about new
things. We laugh and drink diet soda. We say goodbyes, I go to bed, to
resume my letter in the morning, which is->

Now-
There are many reasons My Chemical Romance ended. The triggerman is
unimportant, as was always the messengers- but the message, again as
always, is the important thing. But to reiterate, this is my account, my
reasons and my feelings. And I can assure you there was no divorce,
argument, failure, accident, villain, or knife in the back that caused
this, again this was no one’s fault, and it had been quietly in the
works, whether we knew it or not, long before any sensationalism,
scandal, or rumor.

There wasn’t even a blaze of glory in a hail of bullets…

I am backstage in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It is Saturday, May 19th,
2012 and I am pacing behind a massive black curtain that leads to the
stage. I feel the breeze from the ocean find its way around me and I
look down at my arms, which are covered in fresh gauze due to a losing
battle with a heat rash, which had been a mysterious problem in recent
months. I am normally not nervous before a show but I am certainly
filled with angry butterflies most of the time. This is different- a
strange anxiety jetting through me that I can only imagine is the sixth
sense one feels before their last moments alive. My pupils have
zeroed-out and I have ceased blinking. My body temperature is icy.
We get the cue to hit the stage.

The show is… good. Not great, not bad, just good. The first thing I
notice take me by surprise is not the enormous amount of people in front
of us but off to my left- the shore and the vastness of the ocean. Much
more blue than I remembered as a boy. The sky is just as vibrant. I
perform, semi-automatically, and something is wrong.
I am acting. I never act on stage, even when it appears that I am, even
when I’m hamming it up or delivering a soliloquy. Suddenly, I have
become highly self-aware, almost as if waking from a dream. I began to
move faster, more frantic, reckless- trying to shake it off- but all it
began to create was silence. The amps, the cheers, all began to fade.

All that what left was the voice inside, and I could hear it clearly. It
didn’t have to yell- it whispered, and said to me briefly, plainly, and
kindly- what it had to say.

What it said is between me and the voice.

I ignored it, and the following months were full of suffering for me- I
hollowed out, stopped listening to music, never picked up a pencil,
started slipping into old habits. All of the vibrancy I used to see
became de-saturated. Lost. I used to see art or magic in everything,
especially the mundane- the ability was buried under wreckage.

Slowly, once I had done enough damage to myself, I began to climb out of
the hole. Clean. When I made it out, the only thing left inside was the
voice, and for the second time in my life, I no longer ignored it-
because it was my own.

There are many roles for all of us to play in this ending. We can be
well-wishers, ill-wishers, sympathizers, vilifiers, comedians, rain
clouds, victims-

That last one, again, is important. I have never thought myself a
victim, nor my comrades, nor the fans- especially not the fans. For us
to adopt that role right now would legitimize everything the tabloids
have tried to name us. More importantly, it completely misses the point
of the band. And then what have we learned?

With honor, integrity, closure, and on no one’s terms but our own- the
door closes.

And another opens-

This morning I awoke early. I quickly brushed my teeth, threw on some
baggy jeans, and hopped in my car. I gently sped down the 405 through
the morning fog to a random parking lot in Palo Verde, where I was to
meet a nice gentleman named Norm. He was older, and a self-proclaimed
“hippie” but he also had the energy of Sixteen year old in a garage-rock
band. The purpose of the meeting was the delivery of an amplifier into
my possession. I had recently purchased the amp from him and we both
agreed that shipping would jostle the tubes- so he was kind enough to
meet me in the middle.
A Fender Princeton Amp from 1965, non reverb. A beautiful little device.

He showed me the finer points, the speaker, the non-grounded plug, the
original label and the chalk mark of the man or woman who built it-

“This amp talks.” he said.
I smiled.
We got coffee, talked about gold-foil pickups and life. We sat in the
car and played each other music we had made. We parted ways, promising
to stay in touch, I drove home.

When I wanted to start My Chemical Romance, I began by sitting in my
parent’s basement, picking up an instrument I had long abandoned for the
brush- a guitar. It was a 90’s Fender Mexican Stratocaster, Lake Placid
Blue, but in my youth I had decided it was too clean and pretty so I
beat it up, exposing some of the red paint underneath the blue- the
color it was meant to be. Adding a piece of duct tape on the pick guard,
it felt acceptable. I plugged this into a baby Crate Amp with built in
distortion and began the first chords of Skylines and Turnstiles.

I still have that guitar, and it’s sitting next to The Princeton.
He has a voice, and I would like to hear what it has to say.

In closing, I want to thank every single fan. I have learned from you,
maybe more than you think you’ve learned from me. My only regret is that
I am awful with names and bad with goodbyes. But I never forget a face,
or a feeling- and that is what I have left from all of you.
I feel Love.

I feel love for you, for our crew, our team, and for every single human
being I have shared the band and stage with-

Ray. Mikey. Frank. Matt. Bob. James. Todd. Cortez. Tucker. Pete.
Michael. Jarrod.

Since I am bad with goodbyes. I refuse to let this be one. But I will
leave you with one last thing-

My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die.
It is alive in me, in the guys, and it is alive inside all of you.
I always knew that, and I think you did too.

Because it is not a band-
it is an idea.

Love,
Gerard

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