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After their exhaustive 'The Black Parade' tour, the band is now only playing major markets, which has enraged some of their more vocal supporters who see My Chemical Romance bypassing their hometown as a colossal snub.
"It's so hard these days. The touring industry is rough," guitarist Frank Iero tells Spinner. "If you don't go to every single town then you have 11-year-old overprivileged brats tweeting, 'You didn't come to my city and now I f---ing hate you!'"
In the wake of their massively successful but grueling three-year tour for 'The Black Parade' -- a tour that saw the band blamed for the suicide of a British teen, prompting the British paper The Daily Mail to label them as "one of the foremost ... 'suicide cult' bands" -- My Chemical Romance wilfully shed their emo tag and the accompanying stigma, shifting from grandiose songs to punchier, more punky material.
Ushered in by the release of 'Danger Days: The Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys' in November, this new chapter represents a different approach to touring, namely less time on the road, which, given Iero and singer Gerard Way are both recent fathers, is welcomed by the band.
Though it has inspired several Kanye-esque twitter rants from some less empathetic fans.
Yet, despite the ramifications, Iero claims that the decision to prioritize was ultimately the right one for the members of My Chemical Romance.
"There's not enough hours in a day and there's not enough days in the year and you can't do it for everybody, and it's a shame, because you want to be able to," he says.
"We love to play but at a certain point you have to do things for yourself."