"We meet and have a barbecue kind of thing."
Despite announcing their split in 2013, Iero says that the group still “discuss business” at their annual meet-ups. One of the meetings saw the band discussing the trailer for their 2016 ‘Black Parade’ reissue – which led fans to believe that a reunion was imminent.
“We wanted to do a 10-year anniversary release of it, and we had some demos left over and some songs that didn’t make the record and we were like, ‘Oh, cool. We’ll put it all together.’”, Iero explained to Seaton O’Connor.
“Every year, we meet and have a barbecue kind of thing. We’ll have the barbecue, kids will hang out and we’ll discuss business for the next year.
“And we were like, ‘Oh, that would be really cool. We should do a little teaser trailer for it. Alright, that’s what we’ll do.’
“So, we told the lady what we wanted, and they made this trailer, and we released it. And all of a sudden we were like, ‘Oh, wait. Everyone’s real confused.’”
Iero added: “Here’s the thing. We were always like a theatrical band and we wanted to continue in that fashion, but when you’re not a band any longer, it’s probably harder to do that. We didn’t realize.”
Since splitting from MCR in 2013, Iero has forged a successful solo career – and even announced a new band for 2019.
But in 2017, MCR frontman Gerard Way said that fans shouldn’t rule out the possibility of a reunion someday.
Speaking to Billboard, Way said: “I wouldn’t count [a reunion] out, but at the same time everybody’s doing stuff in their lives now that they’re really enjoying.”
“In some ways I don’t really miss it,” the singer added. “It had gotten so big it was very unwieldy. It took a toll on my mental life and personal life. The thing I’m happiest about right now is everybody’s relationships with each other are really strong. That’s more important than anything else to me.”