As Twitter geeks out about the present day lining up with the future from “Blade Runner,” the past is getting an equal surge into the now. Rage Against the Machine and My Chemical Romance and have both announced, or hinted at, reunion shows. In a time when EDM and casual hip-hop have taken over, the world could use a little dose of hardcore, goth (but definitely not emo) rock.
My Chemical Romance’s Black Parade Is Coming to Los Angeles
Ladies get your chains out, fellas, get your mascara out, MCR is coming to town. Led by Gerard Way, the rock band of oft-disputed genre, announced a reunion show called “Return” on December 20 at the Shrine Expo Hall.
— My Chemical Romance (@MCRofficial) October 31, 2019
MCR announced their split in 2013, releasing a statement saying, “like all great things, it has come time for it to end.” Butler would go on to create the comic book series “The Umbrella Academy,” which would eventually become a Netflix series (giving the entertainment giant an unlikely boost as the streaming wars heat up).
Luckily for My Chemical Romance fans, sometimes great things come back, and sometimes Twitter reacts in hilarious ways. From a mind-blow moment from Oprah:
— deli ☠︎︎ (@silentxwaltz) October 31, 2019
To a bunch of Michael Scott memes:
— Chelsea (Grin) (@chelsealall) October 31, 2019
Perhaps none are more fitting than this video of a teenager screaming MCR lyrics in a cemetery:
— с и ш е л (@alice_wafer) November 1, 2019
And, of course, there was a fair warning to all stores selling mascara in Los Angeles:
Starting off at $149.50 a ticket, millennials will be opening their notoriously tight wallets for the reunion show. Tickets went on sale today, and they’re already sold out:
— My Chemical Romance (@MCRofficial) November 1, 2019
Rage Against the Machine Does One for the ‘Gram
Meanwhile, Rage Against the Machine is showing they’re not just relics of the past. Their official Instagram account materialized out of thin air last night.
With just one cryptic post of a photo of the Chilean protests and some dates underneath, the band has the internet losing its mind. In just 13 hours, the post already has 40,000 likes. Two of the dates in Indio, CA, line up with Coachella dates in 2020.
After breaking up in 2000, Rage released the cover album “Renegades” in 2000 and the recording of their final show “Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium” in 2003.
Since the breakup, lead singer Zack De La Rocha has collaborated with artists from Blackalicious to Run the Jewels to DJ Shadow. He also formed his own band with Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore. Meanwhile, lead guitarist Tom Morello has remained busy with his own folk project and his partnership with the late Chris Cornell for Audioslave.
— Rage Against The Machine 👊 (@RATM) November 1, 2019
Considering their post-breakup activity, the band shouldn’t be too rusty. Fans on Twitter appear to be equally ready to go.
Me 24 hours ago after hearing about My Chemical Romance reuniting vs me after hearing about Rage Against the Machine reuniting 15 minutes ago pic.twitter.com/KhTwjl7QND
— SweetTooth | DPMO (@SweetToothAudio) November 1, 2019
BITCH RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE IS BACK IM AJSJWHSSJSKDKDKDIDID BITCH BITCH BITCH I CANT TAKR THIS pic.twitter.com/FQLTaI8ESm
— crystal 🌬 (@KVLEPETTY) November 1, 2019
Yesterday: My Chemical Romance announced a reunion
Today: Rumored Rage Against the Machine Reunion
Me right now: pic.twitter.com/1ubSEbZ1es
— grebnieW .T wehttaM (@Matt_Weinberg) November 1, 2019
Of course, Michael Scott was in on the action again.
November 1st, 2019 will go down in history as the day Rage fans, MCR fans, and Blade Runners fans could come together and rejoice.
Grandparents will be telling their children where they were on this day, and most of them will say: “Twitter.”