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Gerard Way

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                           BIOGRAPHY

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. After this Way 'turned his back' on singing, saying, "Well, I don't want to be this weird singer kid, [I'm] into other things like comics and Iron Maiden". He then decided to pursue graphic arts. Way had always been interested in drawing and comics because his childhood house was a "dark and dingy gothic-looking" place in an area of New Jersey where it was crime-ridden. Dead bodies were almost frequently found in the West Hudson River, which was located in a park where children went to play. Way says that as a child, you couldn't really go out and play, so what he did was make up imaginary worlds in his head, which led on to his love for artwork.

After graduating from high school in 1995, he attended School of Visual Arts in New York City graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1999. In 2001, Way says he tried to sell an animated television series to Cartoon Network[1] 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.

The Formation of My Chemical Romance
When the September 11th attacks occurred, Way was working in the comic industry in New York, and could see the horror occurring at 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 Way's experience with the 9/11 incident. The band's name, suggested by Mikey Way, came from a book written by Irvine Welsh, entitled Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance. Gerard brought together Ray Toro, Matt Pelissier (later replaced by Bob Bryar), Frank Iero, and his brother Mikey to play gigs along the East Coast. The band soon released its first album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love in 2002 under the at that time obscure New Jersey label Eyeball Records. Music turned out to be an effective means for Way to deal with his longtime battle against depression, alcoholism, and prescription drug abuse, leading to the creation of deeply personal songs such as "Helena", written after the death of his grandmother, Elena Lee Rush.

Despite his success as a musician, Way has not left his drawing behind: 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. He also has made efforts in order to raise money through his art for causes such as the fight against breast cancer. Other charity funds include working 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.

 

 

FACTS

Date of Birth

9 April 1977, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Birth Name

Gerard Arthur Way

Nickname

Gee
Uncle Jiggy


Height

5' 8" (1.74 m)

Spouse

Lindsey Ann Ballato (3 September 2007 - present)

Trivia

Older brother of Mikey Way.

Singer of My Chemical Romance.

He drew the cover of My Chemical Romance's second album "Three Cheers for Sweet revenge".

He originally wanted to be a comic book artist. He pitched a cartoon series called "The Breakfast Monkey" to Cartoon Network, but gave up on art and helped form My Chemical Romance after 9/11 because it made him realize he had to do something with his life.

Gerard is 1/2 Italian (mother's side), and also 1/2 Scottish (father's side).

He and his brother Mikey are maternal second cousins of Joe Rogan, host of the NBC game/stunt show Fear Factor.

His first ever concert was a Smashing Pumpkins concert.

Good friends with Green Day frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong.

When he was in the 4th grade, he was the only boy to try out for his school's production of Peter Pan and he got the role.

Released his own comic book series entitled 'The Umbrella Academy' on September 19, 2007 through Dark Horse Comics.

Friends with Brandon Flowers ever since they met in early 2007.

 

 

                                  QUOTES

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.

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