The emo outfit split in 2013, with rumours of a potential reunion circulating in 2016 when the band started to tease the 10th anniversary of classic album ‘The Black Parade’. However, the group failed to reunite for any new music or live shows.
Speaking about the break-up to The Guardian, Way said the band felt pressure during the sessions for 2010’s ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ and said this played a part in the band’s split, as did the weight of expectation – something he said they’d felt since the success of ‘The Black Parade.’
Way said: “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. 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?’”
He added: “It wasn’t fun to make stuff any more. I think breaking up the band broke us out of that machine.”
At the time of their break up, Way said the band weren’t needed any more because Barack Obama was in power. When asked if the political climate now would be reason enough for the band to reform, Way revealed that he thought about it but doesn’t think it will happen, despite the fact he misses playing with the band.
Way added: “That’s stuff I thought about when the world started to get super fucked-up again…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…It’s flattering, it’s really nice of people…I miss playing with the guys, but I don’t think so.”
However, Way then went on to give MCR fans some hope, saying that if the band reformed, they would do things differently.
“I think if we ever did MCR again, we wouldn’t be in that machine any more,” he says. “It would literally just be like: ‘Here’s a new piece of music, we’re putting this out and that’s it, this is not up for debate.’”
In 2017, Way didn’t rule out a MCR reunion when the members of the band reunited publicly to attend a show together. They were all seen in attendance at former guitarist Frank Iero’s gig with new band The Patience at Los Angeles’ Troubadour.
Frontman Gerard Way later said of the occasion: “We all got together recently and it was wonderful – we didn’t even talk about the band or playing shows again. I don’t know if anything will happen in the future, but what I do know is everyone has a really great life right now.”
“It’s a tricky thing, because you have four guys that really get along, and I think we all fully understand each other now and love each other,” he added.
“I think [My Chemical Romance] will always be there for us if we want it, but it adds a layer of stress. When something gets really big like that, it’s hard on you for many reasons, and it’s very stressful, so I wouldn’t want to disrupt anybody’s life right now.”