My Chemical Romance Guitarist Frank Iero Reflects on Band’s Split
Breakups are hard and it often takes a little separation before you can truly address what has happened. As such, My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero has delivered his heartfelt reflection on the band’s recent split, admittedly taking the time to get what he wanted to say just right.
Iero’s commentary comes after the brief breakup statement alerting fans that after 12 years together, the time had simply come for them to say goodbye. In addition, frontman Gerard Way delved deep into the band’s split in his own statement on the matter shortly after the breakup was announced. Way’s full missive can be read here.
The guitarist used his farewell statement to speak about the dedication that was put into the group and to reflect on how special it was while it lasted. His comments can be read here:
greetings friends and acquaintances, on-lookers and rubberneckers, enemies and indifferents, believers and fakers,
i needed to take some time to myself this past week. i felt a moment (or maybe a few moments) of silence was deserved and required. it was my intention to let the dust settle a bit, not form, on the recent mychem announcement. a large chunk of my life (jeez, almost half my life) was devoted to that band and all that went with it, and i felt a week of quiet reflection was the least i could do to honor it and all involved.
i have written, deleted and rewritten this letter way too many times than i care to remember. i am not much for eulogies so i will keep this short and to the point. i don’t believe in holding back your feelings or emotions until it is too late. if you did not appreciate someone or something while they were still here then you have no business expressing cute anecdotes when they are no longer around to enjoy them. in the 12 years i have been in mcr i believe i have said all i needed and wanted to say about it when it counted. if you know me or have ever listened to me speak about mychem you know what it meant to me. i lived, breathed, and bled the band. i believed in and admired the things we created and the people that were involved in it (members and fans alike). for better or worse i held nothing back that i felt needed to be expressed. i loved my band with all i had and i have no regrets now that it is done. we began, we lived and we ended mcr for all the right reasons.
if you were there you know how truly special a time it was…and if you weren’t, well then you probably wish you were.
thank you all for the memories, my scrapbook is overflowing and my heart is excruciatingly full.
now on to the next…
Iero has moved quickly to find his next projects. According to his Facebook page, he’s working with Reggie and the Full Effect leader and MCR keyboardist James Dewees on a band called Death Spells. In addition, Iero will also lend guest vocals on a track for the next Reggie and the Full Effect album. The guitarist is also putting his efforts back into his side project Leathermouth, who will play the Skate & Surf Festival in New Jersey this May along with Death Spells.