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My Chemical Romance breaks up

My Chemical Romance, from left, Frank Iero, Mikey

My Chemical Romance, from left, Frank Iero, Mikey Way, Gerard Way,and Ray Toro, is releasing "Danger Days: The True Lives off the Fabulous Killjoys" in late 2010. (Credit: Neil Krug)

My Chemical Romance has disbanded.

The New Jersey band that formed the core of emo’s move into the mainstream with Fall Out Boy and Taking Back Sunday announced early this morning on its website that they were calling it quits.

“Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing,” the band said in a statement. “We've gotten to go places we never knew we would. We've been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We've shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.”

The band had been releasing songs from its “Conventional Weapons” sessions – work that was initially scrapped in favor of their 2010 concept album “Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys.” The band's song "Sing" continued to keep them in the public eye after the album's run, with its use in "Glee" and on "American Idol." And singer Gerard Way and his brother bassist Mikey Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero had been in the studio working on new material last year when they stopped to step in as co-headliners at The Bamboozle festival after Blink-182 had to cancel due to Travis Barker undergoing emergency surgery. It turns out that show may be their final one.

My Chemical Romance, born from the angst after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, blossomed into one of rock’s most creative acts, starting with 2006’s “The Black Parade,” which hit No. 2 on the albums chart and spawned the Top 10 single “Welcome to the Black Parade” -- with its emotional question "Would you be the savior of the broken, the beaten and the damned" and the anthemic chorus "We'll carry on" -- which the band debuted at the top of Rockefeller Center as part of the MTV Video Music Awards.

Iero told Newsday in 2007 that the band was worried about how that album would be perceived. “Everyone was biting their nails,” Iero said, adding that the band had taken some inspiration from their friends Taking Back Sunday’s “Louder Now” album. “There were so many emotions, but when people seemed to like it, we had this great sense of relief. We performed it to the best of our abilities, and we were all so proud of each other when we finished. We accomplished what we wanted to accomplish. But we also started thinking, ‘Did we go too far?’”

The success of “The Black Parade” encouraged them to keep going. However, in recent years, the struggle to continue grew. And now, as they said in their breakthrough hit “Helena,” it’s so long and good night.

Here are some of their best videos to remember them by:

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