My Chemical Romance: Party Poison

Sudden success leads to wild times for a band that grew up a little too fast

Sean Maher
Oct 8, 2014 · 10 min read

Gerard gets in to character recording Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge in Los Angeles, November 2003 | Photo by Justin Borucki

It sold 11,000 records in the first week. “I think my mom bought 10,999 of them,” said Mikey Way.



Riddled with horror references, and the poetry of doomed romance, it contained a blackness and bleakness amid its punk.


My Chemical Romance recreate their look from the “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” video for a magazine cover shoot in London, February 2005 | Photo by Paul Harries

Ever the band’s most visceral live performer: Frank flat on his back at Download Festival, 2007 | Photo by Paul Harries

Kissing aside, every day for the month they were on the Warped Tour they gave their performances everything.


Gerard getting into the character of “the reckless street drifter” | Photo by Justin Borucki


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