My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance

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My Chemical Romance is a punk rock band from the east coast of New Jersey. Band members are Gerard Way [vocals], Mikey Way[bass], Bob Bryar [drums] Ray Toro [guitarist] and Frank Iero, also a guitarist.

Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Ray went to the same high school as Mikey and Gerard Way.

    • Growing up Ray had dog named Boy.

    • As a child, one day Ray saw drug addicts overdosing outside of his house.

    • In junior high Ray tried to impress a girl by putting a Runt in his nose but had to get it taken out by the school nurse.

    • Ray Toro is 6'1".

    • Gerard went to the School of Visual Arts in NYC and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1999.

    • Ray has a girlfriend named Christa.

    • Mikey's wife Alicia is a guitar tech and a march seller. She also played guitar for the band "From First to Last" in 2005.

    • Mikey and his wife Alicia got matching tattoos on their wrists: a heart-shaped jar emitting flames that has the word Forever on it.

    • Mikey hates small spaces, large open spaces, and shopping for groceries.

    • Mikey's cat has a myspace.

    • Mikey owns a cat named Bunny Marie Way.

    • Mikey loves schlock horrors.

    • Mikey loves unicorns.

    • Before My Chemical Romance, Mikey auditioned to be in Frank Iero's band Pencey Prep but was not good enough. Iero is now the rhythm guitarist for MCR.

    • Mikey dropped out of college so he could play in MCR.

    • Before MCR, Mikey worked for Barnes & Noble, in addition to being an intern at Eyeball Records (the company that put out My Chemical Romance's debut album).

    • In an interview during the DVD release of "Life on the Murder Scene", Mikey claimed to being an amateur musician since he was a child and he said that he was in bands before MCR.

    • A few injuries Ray has gotten over the years include "Guitar Burn". It's like rug burn, and affects the forearm area; some specialists attribute it to sweat, friction, and intense rocking. A large gash in the head, caused by getting cracked in the head with Frank's guitar and one brutal hangnail.

    • My Chemical Romance have performed the song "Umbrella" by Rihanna at a live concert. They have also performed a cover of "Under Pressure" (originally by David Bowie and Queen) with The Used.

    • The music video for Teenagers premiered on the New Zealand music channel C4.

    • Music Videos:

      (2004) I'm Not Okay (I Promise)(Old School Version)
      (2004) I'm Not Okay (I Promise)(Prep School Version)
      (September 23, 2005) Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us
      (September 23, 2005) Vampires Will Never Hurt You
      (2005) Helena
      (2005) The Ghost of You
      (September 26-27, 2006)
      Welcome to the Black Parade

      (January 11, 2007-US) Famous Last Words
      (March 7, 2007) I Don't Love You
      (May 28, 2007) Teenagers

    • 1st Album:(July 23, 2002) I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
      2nd Album:(June 8, 2004) Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
      3rd Album:(October 2006) The Black Parade

    • 1st Single:(July 23, 2002) "Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us"
      2nd Single:(2002) "Vampires Will Never Hurt You"
      3rd Single:(April 5, 2004) "Headfirst for Halos"
      4th Single:(2004) "Our Lady of Sorrows"
      5th Single:(2004) "Thank You for the Venom"
      6th Single:(December 7, 2004) "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
      7th Single:(March 3, 2005) "Helena"
      8th Single:(April 12, 2005) "Under Pressure" (with The Used)
      9th Single:(August 30, 2005) "The Ghost of You"
      10th Single:(October 9, 2006) "Welcome to the Black Parade"
      11th Single:(January 22, 2007) "Famous Last Words"
      12th Single:(April 2, 2007) "I Don't Love You"
      13th Single:(July 9, 2007) "Teenagers"

    • The MCRmy went out to the streets and organized parades before the release of The Black Parade

    • My Chemical Romance most devoted fans, who call themselves the MCRmy, help bring people to the shows, buy band merchandise, and call radio to put MCR songs.

    • When My Chemical Romance played the main stage at the 2006 Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festival, they suffered a barrage of bottles while performing on stage , but completed their set, encouraging the crowd to boo, hiss and throw more.

    • My Chemical Romance has been heavily criticized by many performers, among them Marilyn Manson who wrote the song "Mutilation Is The Most Sincere Form Of Flattery" as an attack for the band's "Eat me, Drink me" release

    • To reject their commonly mistaken identity as an "emo" band, Gerard often uses the term "What-else-ya-got-emo" to describe their music style

    • Their song "Mama" from the album, The Black Parade, was used in a promotional commercial for The Sopranos.

    • During the recording of The Black Parade bassist Mikey Way was diagnosed with mental problems prompting him to almost leave the band.

    • When My Chemical Romance recorded the video to "I'm Not Ok (I Promise)" Bob Byrar was not officially the drummer yet.

    • Gerard Way considers "Helena" to be the most important song on their album Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge.

    • After he left the band, drummer Matt Pelissier became a mechanic.

    • Despite Gerard and Mikey's Grandmother's name is Elena, the song dedicated to her in "Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge" is called "Helena". This is because her friends called her Helen, so the two names together (Helen+ Elena) form the title of the song.

    • Whilst filming the video for "Helena" Gerard had to leave the room after watching Tracy (the woman acting as Gerard and Mikey's grandmother) dancing because it was to emotional.

    • They are on the cover of the November 2006 Rock Sound magazine.

    • The band members are big fans of movies. Showing this they made the video for I'm Not Ok (I Promise) like a movie trailer and their video for Ghost of You like a war movie. They also made their pamphlets in their CD's like movie posters.

    • In October, 2006, My Chemical Romance had a weekend dedicated to them on the FUSE Network. It was called "Chemically Dependent Weekend". During these two days they played My Chemical Romance music videos, showed the making of some of these videos, showed interviews with them, played their performance of "Drop" on 7th Ave and much more.

    • My Chemical Romance performed "Welcome to the Black Parade" at the 2006 Scream Awards.

    • Their song "Helena" played in the end credits of House of Wax.

    • While in an interview, they were asked if they changed their name to "The Black Parade". They claimed that "The Black Parade" is their alter ego.

    • Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba are said to be coming out with a comic titled The Umbrella Academy, where Gerard will write the story lines and Gabriel will do the artwork

    • The CD cover artwork on the album Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge is titled as "Demolition Lovers II" and the CD tray art is titled "Just The Way It Goes". Both were designed by Gerard Way.

    • Gerard Way is afraid of needles, that's why he doesn't have any tattoos or piercings.

    • Cartoon Network turned down Gerard's cartoon "The Breakfast Monkey" because it was too similar to Aqua Teen Hunger Force, then already in production.

    • Frank Iero used to have a band called Pencey Prep. He also played with the bands Hybrid, Sector 12, I Am a Graveyard, and briefly with Give Up the Ghost. He also plays in the band, Leathermouth.

    • Because Gerard wasn't sure he could play guitar and sing at the same time, MCR called Frank Iero to fill in the band's sound.

    • Frank learned to play guitar by imitating Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day.

    • After witnesing the attacks of September 11. Gerard Way and former drummer, Matt Peliser, wrote "Skylines and Turnstiles". This was the first song My Chemical Romance ever wrote.

    • "Headfirst for Halos" was written after Frank Iero was high as a joke!

    • The room where the video "Vampires Will Never Hurt You" takes place, was painted by both Gerard and Frank. Shortly after that, they got high on the fumes, causing them to get sick.

    • Their song, "Cemetary Drive", is believed to be about adultery. The story talks about a man having an affair with a married woman, who then kills herself when her husband finds out. Her lover feels guilty about this and he imagines himself meeting her, somehow still alive, in the cemetary where she's buried.

    • Before Bob joined MCR. He used to be a sound engineer for The Used. He met MCR when The Used and My Chem went on tour.

    • MCR is notorious for making songs that don't have the title in the lyrics.

    • Gerard was once attacked by a bird! It flew straight into his head! He says, "It was the craziest thing that's ever happened to me. The bird just started pecking the heck outta of me."

    • Ray Toro has been ditched twice by his bandmates at the middle of the night while on tour; both incidents happened while Ray was at the restroom.

    • The name of the band was suggested by Mikey Way when he re-shelved the book "Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance", by Irvine Welsh, while working at a Barnes and Nobles.

    • Their single, Helena, earned five MTV Music Awards nominations and two Kerrang! Awards.

    • Gerard Way refers to their music as "violent pop".

    • They are also known as "MCR", "My Chem", and the "The Black Parade"

    • My Chemical Romance toured with Fall Out Boy, Hawthorne Heights, The Used, All American Rejects, MXPX, The Offspring, Simple Plan, and many other bands in the Vans Warped Tour 2005.

    • My Chemical Romance and The Used performed Under Pressure oringinally performed by Queen featuring David Bowie at the end of the $2 bill show and at the Taste of Chaos Tour.

    • My Chemical Romance have been on tour with Green Day.

    • Frank, Mikey, and Gerard smoke.

    • My Chemical Romance have toured with Senses Fail, The Used, Killswitch Engage, UnderOath and many other bands for the "Taste of Chaos" Tour.

  • Quotes

    • Mikey Way: I'm the spiritual advisor of the band.

    • Mikey Way: Yeah, I'm kind of upset that I'm going to die tomorrow (On the "Ghost of You" video).

    • Mikey Way: Ashlee Simpson told me she had our CD.

    • Mikey Way: There's absolutely a movement of a return to rock. Sometimes the good guys win. Kids are sick of the (expletive) pop and sick of being lied to. Everyone wants something real, something that was created to invoke a positive feeling.

    • Frank: (on Mikey) God forbid that kid ever lives alone!

    • (While receiving the award on Kerrang for the Video "Helena.")
      Gerard: W-We never expected this, there's somebody very special to this whole band that this award needs to go out to, and a, that's me and Mikey's grandma, Elena, who this record was about, and who passed away before it finished. *crowd claps* and a... *raises award above his head* ...this is for her. And i know she can hear us right now, and we- love you.

    • (During concert in Worcester right before "Teenagers)
      Gerard:OK so know that we know violence is never the answer lets get this fucking party started!

    • Gerard Way: I don't think Emo ever fit us ... even in the beginning ... maybe geographically but at that time, when we would play VFW halls...we were always odd man out.

    • Frank: Has goldfinger ever had a flock of mooses advancing on him? It's a terrifying sight.
      Mikey: That's not the plural of moose, it's moosi.
      Gerard: F*ck off, it's meese.

    • Gerard Way (on the MCR alive show): It's like aggressive softcore gay porn.

    • Gerard: I don't think this band will ever stop feeling right or good. But when it's the natural time, it should die.

    • Gerard: Our fans are people who are viewed as insignificant, and that burns me out.

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

    • Mikey: We're very attractive to them because we dress like homeless people.

    • Frank: We just have to watch Mikey and make sure he doesn't put anymore forks in the toaster.

    • 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: People think we're rich vampires.

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

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

    • Gerard: This was a really difficult album for us to make.. there was a certain point where it was so dark for us that it felt like we really needed to become much more than brothers - we needed to become a new band. - on "The Black Parade"

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

    • Mikey: I could eat my body weight in sushi.

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

  • Possiby the best band ever created

    I love how much effort they put into their music, and how they spend so much time making a video clip. It's refreshing to see a band not afraid to go all-out with the stage make-up, Gerard has been through so much, and deserves the best, I wish My Chem well, I really do. I cannot believe people have the nerve to commemt negatively, I'd like to see them do better! Personally, I like Famous Last words the best, the lyric I am not afraid to keep on living is so true, the band has such a good point that you should never be afraid to keep on living, I hoep for more videos and albums from this top band!moreless
  • one of the greatest bands in the world.

    my chemical romance is my favorite band indeed. their songs really rock and the song lyrics are just the best. i love the dark lyrics they write and it's just so damn relatable. the black parade is my favorite and their best so far. my favorite song is disenchanted. the song is just so sad and really gets thru me. and there's a line of the song that goes out to those non-believers " if i'm so wrong how can you listen all night long?" meaning if you don't like them then you better not listen and stop hating them. i think they're really brilliant w/ their songwriting style and it's what i like about them. and expressing what they have to say thru their music which the fans really appreciate is a great connection between the band and fans a lot like me. so three cheers for my chemical romance!!! thank you for the music. we are the black parade. and hoping the best for mcr thru the coming years. yeah!moreless