Dec. 20, 2020 officially marks the 1-year anniversary of My Chemical Romance reuniting onstage in California. As a historic event within the band’s history, the members have been celebrating the anniversary in a number of ways.
Now, Frank Iero has shared a rare behind-the-scenes photo taken moments before MCR’s legendary return show. The rare photo arrives just as one of their most iconic albums re-enters the Billboard 200 this week.
December 2019 marked the first time My Chemical Romance hit the stage together since 2012. Opening up their memorable set with “I’m Not Okay (I Promise),” the show, which sold out in a blink of an eye, was an unforgettable moment in the MCR fandom. As well, it kickstarted the return fans had been waiting for for seven years.
Despite the fact that MCR’s highly-anticipated return tour isn’t happening until 2021, My Chemical Romance are still celebrating the anniversary of their reunion this week.
On Sunday, Frank Iero shared a heartfelt message on Instagram while showing off a new tattoo. His ever-growing collection now includes a tattoo that says “December 2019,” commemorating the unforgettable gig. The ink also references that massive return show Easter egg he’d been wearing for almost eight years.
Now, Iero has shared a rare photo taken shortly before MCR performed in front of the sold-out crowd last year. The photo is of his father watching the rehearsals that took place in preparation for the historic show.
“my dad @ rehearsal, california 2019.”
Mikey Way also celebrated MCR’s return anniversary this week with a rare photo. Similar to the image of Iero’s dad, Mikey shared a photo of his children in the empty Los Angeles venue while looking at the iconic reunion show curtain.
“Thinking back to a magical night three hundred and sixty five days ago. Dreaming of the moment when we can do it all again. Until then – Stay safe out there.”
Along with Iero and Mikey, it looks like fans are also celebrating MCR’s anniversary this week. According to Chart data, The Black Parade has officially re-entered the Billboard 200.
My Chemical Romance’s ‘The Black Parade’ re-enters this week’s Billboard 200 (@MCRofficial).
— chart data (@chartdata) December 22, 2020
Over the years, My Chemical Romance’s dedicated fanbase have led to some of their old music re-entering the charts years after it first debuted. Back in March 2019, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge re-entered the Billboard 200 at the 191st spot.
Then, in November 2019, The Black Parade re-entered the Billboard 200 for the first time in two years. The return of the album to the charts arrived mere days after MCR announced their highly-awaited reunion.
More recently, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge returned to the Billboard 200 in October 2020. The 2004 album re-entered the charts at the 185th spot just before the 1st anniversary of My Chemical Romance’s reunion. Following its initial release, the LP spent 79 weeks on the chart and peaked at No. 28.
Earlier this month, we learned that MCR fans found a different way to experience their live shows when Life On The Murder Scene re-entered the Billboard 200. The live album was released back in 2006 and features hits such as “Helena,” “The Ghost Of You” and “I’m Not Okay (I Promise).”
For now, My Chemical Romance’s rescheduled return tour is set to kick off on June 15, 2021 in the United Kingdom. The full list of rescheduled dates is available to see below.
06/15/2021 – St. Austell, UK @Eden Sessions
06/17/2021 – Milton Keynes, UK @Stadium MK
06/19/2021 – Milton Keynes, UK @ Stadium MK
06/20/2021 – Milton Keynes, UK @ Stadium MK
06/22/2021 – Dublin, IE @ Royal Hospital Kilmainham
07/02/2021 – Prague, CZ @ Prague Rocks
07/04/2021 – Bologna, IT @ Sonic Park Fest
07/06/2021 – Bonn, DE @ KUNST!RASEN (SOLD OUT)
07/07/2021 – Bonn, DE @ KUNST!RASEN
07/09/2021 – Kiev, UA @ U Park Live
07/11/2021 – Moscow, RU @ Gorky Park
07/12/2021 – St. Petersburg, RU @ Ice Palace
09/08/2021 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center (SOLD OUT)
09/09/2021 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena (SOLD OUT)
09/11/2021 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center (SOLD OUT)
09/13/2021 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden (SOLD OUT)
09/15/2021 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena (SOLD OUT)
09/16/2021 – St Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center (SOLD OUT)
09/18/2021 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
09/19/2021 – Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown
09/21/2021 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center (SOLD OUT)
09/22/2021 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center (SOLD OUT)
09/25/2021 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center (SOLD OUT)
09/28/2021 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center (SOLD OUT)
09/29/2021 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center (SOLD OUT)
10/01/2021 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center (SOLD OUT)
10/03/2021 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome (SOLD OUT)
10/06/2021 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena (SOLD OUT)
10/08/2021 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena (SOLD OUT)
10/11/2021 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum (SOLD OUT)
10/12/2021 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum (SOLD OUT)
10/14/2021 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum (SOLD OUT)
10/17/2021 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum (SOLD OUT)
11/06/2021 – Auckland, NZ @ The Outerfields At Western Springs
What are your reactions to Frank Iero’s latest Instagram post? Are you surprised to see The Black Parade re-enter the Billboard 200 this week? Let us know in the comments below.