Gerard Way

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Gerard Way

Born

4/9/1977, Newark, New Jersey

Birth Name

Gerard Arthur Way

Gender

Male
9.5
out of 10
User Rating
54 votes

Biography

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Gerard Way first began singing in fourth grade, when he played the part of Peter Pan in a school production of the play. His grandmother, Elena who also taught him to sing, was so excited about his role that she made him a costume that included green tights.…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Gerard suffers from aichmophobia (fear of needles and sharp objects), hence no tattoos/piercings.

    • When he lived in New Jersey, he used to stalk Christina Ricci, after finding out she lived nearby.

    • He recently stated in an interview that as a New Year's resolution he was trying to quit smoking. However many fans have claimed to still see him smoking outside concert venues. He also smoked a cigarette during a recent interview with NME magazine.

    • Marilyn Manson is furious with him for stealing his makeup style during the Taste Of Chaos Tour 2005.

    • He is good friends with the band Taking Back Sunday. During The Next Big Thing Tour, Adam Lazzara sung the My Chemical Romance hit single "I'm Not Okay" for Gerard when he had a throat problem.

    • His favourite band is Queen.

    • His favourite book is The Catcher in the Rye.

    • He recently revealed he would be working on a comic book series called "The Umbrella Academy". In the interview, Gerard stated he had a love for comic books and superheroes and said that the first issue may not be released until early to mid 2007.

    • Recently on MTV2's All That Rocks, he was voted "Almighty King of Rock" with 63% of the total votes.

    • He has bleached his hair blonde for the release of the album The Black Parade, but soon after changed it back to black again.

    • He is related to Joe Rogan, Host of the show Fear Factor. Joe is Gerard and Mikey's second cousin through their mother's side.

    • His dream car has always been a red Corvette with the license plate "KNIVES".

    • He owns the same color Stratocasters as Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day.

    • He has undoubtedly confirmed that he thinks Brody Dalle from The Distillers is hot.

    • His favorite band is now Iron Maiden, but is still a David Bowie fan.

    • He is deathly afraid of needles, so he doesn't have any piercings or tattoos, and nipple rings freak him out.

    • He is known to wear heavy eye shadow during his band's concerts, and has been seen with a thick black strip along his eyes during the Taste Of Chaos Tour 2005.

    • He and his band mates hope to start working on their third album late 2006.

    • He says that he sees lyrics as a way of telling a story, and usually loves dark stuff "anything twisted, weird, and a little evil".

    • He usually gets song ideas from the newspaper.

    • He considers himself a failed comic book artist yet has still done the artwork for the My Chemical Romance albums and used to design merchandise for the band Thursday.

    • His favorite superhero was always Wolverine.

    • He still enjoys smoking Marlboro red cigarettes.

    • He has recently recovered from an addiction to drugs and alcohol, being sober as of August 2004, and visits a therapist when the band's not on tour.

    • He is obsessed with the idea of death, and has had many spooky experiences with Ouija boards.

    • He started to play in bands when he was only eleven.

    • He is half Italian on his Mother's side, and also half Scottish Father's side.

    • His father's name is Donald Way and his mother's name is Donna.

    • He is a smoker, but insists smoking is bad for you.

    • His brother is fellow band memeber, Mikey Way.

    • He currently resides in Belleville, New Jersey.

    • He was close friends with The Used singer, Bert McCracken. However, in recent months they have had a falling out.

    • He has worked with The Used lead singer Bert McCracken to release a cover of the Queen and David Bowie single Under Pressure, on a Tsunami Relief charity CD.

    • In early 2006, he designed a limited edition jacket called 'The Prom Knight Jacket' of which all proceeds went to the fight against breast cancer.

    • He has made efforts in order to raise money through his art for causes such as the fight against breast cancer.

    • He drew all of the art on the band's second album, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge and has designed merchandise for his and other similar bands.

    • The song Helena, was written after the death of his grandmother, Elena Lee Rush.

    • Music helped Gerard to deal with his longtime battle against depression, alcoholism, and prescription drug abuse.

    • In 2002, My Chemical Romance released its first album entitled I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love under their label at that time, Eyeball Records.

    • He brought together band members Ray Toro, Matt Pelissier (who was later replaced by Bob Bryar), Frank Iero, and his brother Mikey to form the band, and they started by playing gigs along the East Coast.

    • The band's name, suggested by Mikey Way, came from a book written by Irvine Welsh, entitled Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance.

    • When the September 11th attacks occurred, he was working in the comic industry in New York, and could see the destruction of the Twin Towers. This inspired him to "do something with his life", and he formed the band My Chemical Romance. The song "Skylines and Turnstiles" is the first song ever written by My Chemical Romance, and it is based off of Gerard's experience with the 9/11 incident.

    • In 2001, Way says he tried to sell an animated television series to the Cartoon Network called The Breakfast Monkey. He maintains that Cartoon Network turned down the pitch because it was too similar to Aqua Teen Hunger Force, then already in production.

    • His grandmother taught him to sing.

  • Quotes

    • Gerard: Um, lots of people grab my ass. I'm actually starting to get this thing now where people grab my package. That actually happened once in Boston, it usually doesn't happen. We went over to England and it happened at almost every show. I don't really enjoy any kind of invasion of privacy like that I guess. Just the moment you're on stage it doesn't phase you or bother you too much though. Grabbin my package is obviously a total invasion of privacy I'm not into that at all. Grabbing my butt I guess if it were a guy I'd enjoy it. I mean, I guess it all depends on how he grabbed my butt too.

    • Gerard: My favorite band at the moment is the Dresden Dolls, they're from Boston. It's a guy and a girl. She plays piano and he plays the drums and she also sings. You can find them on the web they're incredible.

    • Gerard: Craziest thing that ever happened to me was being attacked by a black bird. It pecked the shit out of my head. We were at this hotel called The Phoenix in San Francisco. We were leaving to go to a show the next morning and the bird just fuckin' attacked my head. And the next day Slipknot were there, they were coming in as we were leaving, and they got attacked by birds too.

    • Gerard: On Mikey's departure The band has decided to give him and his wife a much needed break from the road to start a life and have a proper honeymoon and do all the things a newlywed couple should do. I'm very proud to announce my brother's recent marriage. Watching him grow up into a man and finding love makes me the happiest brother alive. I know this is upsetting news, as it is for us, but we will continues to tour with a temporary replacement until he has situated himself in his new life.

    • Gerard: There was a moment in my life when I really wanted to kill myself. And there was one other moment when I was close to that. But even in my most jaded times, I had some hope.

    • Gerard: I wasn't bullied in high school, I was just ignored.

    • Gerard: Who wouldn't want to catch a guy in a bear suit?

    • Gerard: Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.

    • Gerard: I want to be a vampire. They're the coolest monsters.

    • Gerard: Suicide is a serious thing. And if you know anyone who is suicidal, you need to get them help. No one should be in pain. Everyone should love themselves. Like I love you all.

    • Gerard: Beach Balls at festivals, are the work of the devil!

    • Gerard: It erases everything I hate about myself. Nothing can hurt me. I feel completely invincible. I feel like everyone else on that stage is invincible and we're capable of anything. There's no stopping us.

    • Gerard: I was this weird loner kid who got drunk by himself all the time. Talking about high school.

    • Gerard: Were not a festival band, playing during the day was something we had to get over, I was like uhh this sun stuff kind of sucks.

    • Gerard: What I like about The Sims is that I don't have a normal life at all, so I play this game where these people have these really boring, mundane lives. It's fun. My Sims family is called the Cholly family. I don't know why I picked that name; it's kind of random. The teenage daughter is my favourite, because I just had her go through this Goth phase. She's really kind of nerdy and she just became a concert violinist, which is pretty huge for the family. And she got into private school. But she started wearing black lipstick and she dyed her hair purple. It's pretty huge.

    • Gerard: The craziest thing that ever happened to me was being attacked by a black bird. It pecked the sh*t out of my head. We were at this hotel called The Phoenix in San Francisco. We were leaving to go to a show the next morning and the bird just f*ckin' attacked my head. And the next day Slipknot were there, they were coming in as we were leaving, and they got attacked by birds too.

    • Gerard: If for one minute you think you're better than a sixteen year old girl in a Green Day t-shirt, you are sorely mistaken. Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn't know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about.

    • Gerard: I went to school in drag, in art school and my day was completely different because everybody thought I was a chick. You should see me as a chick. So I went as a girl, as like an experiment and it worked really well and everyone was really nice to me but I couldn't talk obviously. You know train conductors were really cool to me on my commute. HA! I looked hot as a chick!

    • Gerard: Surrounding myself with fans makes me feel like I'm not going through it alone.

    • Gerard: So how was Christmas for you guys? Did you all get lots of nice black t-shirts?

    • Gerard: So many people treat you like you're a kid so you might as well act like one and throw your television out of the hotel window.

    • Gerard: I'd rather be a creature of the night than an old dude.

    • Gerard: If you don't go to high school you will definitely go to jail.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • My Chemical Romance Saves Lives

    10
    Oh, bloody hell yeh. My Chemical Romance is, in my mind at least, THE best band ever. I love MCR because they saved my life. Ever since I discovered them and started listening, my confidence grew and grew. I joined the school orchestra, drama club and now I'm starting my own band with a few friends. We're still thinking of a name. I have picked up new instruments and started to sing in public. Before it was just clarinet, which I still enjoy, but now, alongside that and singing, I play bass, piano and guitar. (: I used to have a prescription drug addiction but since finding MCR, and finding out about how they helped Gee with his addictions, I managed to beat mine too and have now been sober for 5 months. :) WOO! I also thought I'd mention that I don't believe they fit into 'emo'. I don't even see what this whole 'emo' thing is about. I'm 13 and 3/4, but I guess I'm not entirely 'with it'. I think pre danger days, they were a mixture of punk and goth, now I think just punk. But what I love about the band is, if they get fed up with how they are, they just change to how they want to be and this is evident in their songs.



    btw, loving the new album guys, it's lovely to see how you're finding yourselves, as before, you were all dark and as a reaction to 9/11, I'm glad that you've found you can write about other subject matter. Loving all the synths in the new songs. I will be a MCR till the end of my life!moreless
  • just like me

    10
    i feel the same as gerard am only 14 and am on depression pills, not to mension my school has put me in for rehab sessions coz i got caught with a bottle of vodka and a spliff in my ba. iknow how bad it is to feellie drinkin and drugs are the answer, especialy when u have no support from family. but i think gerard has grate music and at least i can relate to something hes going through and i hope we can help eachother, i thing we both need 2 talk and if possible become friends or something like that :)moreless
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