Gerard Way
American musician
Gerard Way
Gerard Arthur Way is an American musician and comic book writer who has served as lead vocalist and co-founder of the band My Chemical Romance since its formation in 2001. He is the executive producer of the band LostAlone's second album I'm a UFO in This City, and the writer of the Eisner Award-winning comic book The Umbrella Academy.
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Gerard Way makes a quick home sale in Tarzana
LATimes - over 3 years
That didn’t take long. Gerard Way, lead singer-songwriter for My Chemical Romance, and his wife, Lyn-Z, bass player for Mindless Self Indulgence, listed and sold their Tarzana home in less than a month. The sale price was $1.748 million.
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Gerard Way lists Tarzana home for sale
LATimes - over 3 years
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Slash, Tom Morello, Gerard Way Mourn Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng
Rolling Stone - almost 4 years
Chi Cheng bassist for nu-metal pioneers the Deftones died early Saturday morning at the age of 42 Cheng had been seriously injured in a car accident in 2008; he fell into a coma and never fully recovered Although it had been years since Cheng was playing music in the public...
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Chez Pazienza: Three Cheers for Sweet Romance
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
I'm way past the point in my life where the break-up of any band should provoke much of a reaction from me. I've got day-to-day concerns right now that are a hell of a lot more pressing than whether a bunch of people whose music I happen to like will continue making music that I happen to like. And yet My Chemical Romance was never just another band for me. Maybe it's fitting that I feel the way I do about their recent break-up given that I was always willing to admit to one of my favorite things about them as a band: they made me feel like a kid again. Last month, I was having beers with a good friend of mine who's close to the guys in My Chemical Romance -- he toured with them a few years back -- and he told me that he was concerned about the future of the band given that there were no plans for them to record again that he knew of. He figured it probably meant that MCR was through. Well, last weekend frontman Gerard Way confirmed as much in a short online statement thank ...
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My Chemical Romance 'Can Never Die' Says Gerard Way - MTV.com
Google News - almost 4 years
The Guardian My Chemical Romance 'Can Never Die' Says Gerard Way MTV.com "My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die." After the disappointingly brief, corporate announcement on Friday that MCR had broken up, fans were expectedly upset, confused and a bit bummed that they didn't have any deeper explanation for why ... My Chemical Romance fans launch petition calling on the band to embark on a ...NME.com MCR Frontman Gerard Way Talks About SplitMTV UK My Chemical Romance calls it quitsLos Angeles Times USA TODAY -Reuters -The Star-Ledger - NJ.com all 138 news articles »
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BREAKING UP
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The romance has ended for My Chemical Romance. After 12 years, four studio albums, and one Grammy nomination, My Chemical Romance announced Friday that it is breaking up. "Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing," a statement posted to the band's website reads. "We've gotten to go places we never knew we would. We've been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We've shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure." Made up of Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Mikey Way, and Frank Iero, My Chemical Romance released "I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love," the band's first studio album, in 2002. 2006's "The Black Parade," was the biggest success for the band, going platinum and reaching No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Band leader Gerard Way tweeted ...
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Ash Cash: Daily Word: Enjoy Life NOW!
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Happy Thursday my exciting and extraordinary! Welcome to the day that you begin to really enjoy life! Today's Daily Word is dedicated to living life to the fullest! There is a long standing myth that many people swear by. They believe that on their road to success that it's alright to neglect being happy now because once they "arrive" all the happiness will come with it! They delay gratification and are not really living because in their minds life will be greater later! This is the furthest thing from the truth! I once watched a video on YouTube by Alan Watts called "Music and Life." The video essentially compares music to life and explains how in music you don't make the end of the composition the point of the composition. It draws the accurate notion that when you listen to a music composition, it's the entire body of work that makes it great, unlike life, which we are made to believe that as we live it we must struggle and work hard until we get to this end result; whether ...
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Dave Scheidt: A Conversation With Gerard Way About His New Series Killjoys, Comics and Integrity
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The best storytellers carry their ideas in the brain like a burden. It's not a manner of wanting to tell a story, it's a need. Like most of us, Gerard has a day-job that usually keeps him fairly busy but his desire to tell stories never goes away and he sticks with them even years later. After some time and two volumes of his first comic series The Umbrella Academy along with artist Gabriel Ba, Way is back with a new series, The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys along with co-writer Shaun Simon and Illustrator Becky Cloonan. It's been a long journey but the adventure hasn't even begun. In 2010, My Chemical Romance released the album "The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys which was a high concept, rip-roaring story full of deserts, laser guns and fighting for the greater good. Two videos were made from songs off that album that were the first introduction to the world of The Killjoys but as Gerard states below it works for both people familiar and not familiar wi ...
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"Boy Division"
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
Ditched during the glitter-glam reinvention that produced 2009's Danger Days this punky outtake smokes like an imminent burnout (it's one of 10 orphaned tracks the band is releasing over the next five months in a kind of singles series titled Conventional Weapons) Frontman Gerard Way scrupulously reanimates late-Nineties emo punk...
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Tales Of Tattoos At MorrisonCon And Blondie’s Next Cover Artist
Bleeding Cool - over 4 years
Stace Inveigus writes for Bleeding Cool; The Hard Rock Hotel hosting MorrisonCon last weekend, has a tattoo parlour onsite, conveniently one lob of a beer bottle from the convention hall. And one bottle of beer was about all it took. Which is why plenty of young folk were getting pople to draw on their bodies the past weekend, before legging it across the hall to make it more permanent. One girl got Grant Morrison’s signature on one arm and Gerard Way’s on the other on the first day. Another trio of supremely excited individuals got Frank Quitely to draw wobbly superman logos all over their bits, before legging it off to get them inked over. Someone else got a barbelith thingy. And Jason Aaron stapled a hundred dollar bill to a lady’s head onstage while Akira The Don chopped up the theme from Macross Plus live. He looked so calm and beatific in the process. The lady in question was a quite brilliant extreme human bodysports entertainer and a massive JH Williams fan. Oh yes, ...
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Deadmau5 and Gerard Way Face Off in Ultimate Fighting
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
When it came time to debut the video for his high-octane single "Professional Griefers" Deadmau5 knew where to turn the equally aggressive world of ultimate fighting On September 1st Deadmau5 will unveil his clip during the UFC Jones vs Henderson pay-per-view match It features the recent Rolling Stone cover star locked...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
In which we hit it and quit it. 21 Jump Street Even while pop culture is devouring its own tail, it manages to shit out an occasional gem. 21 Jump Street is that gem—a far, far more entertaining film than it has any business being. Neither a gritty reimagining™ nor a full-on parody, it's mostly just a silly take on reliving high school that manages both laughs and, occasionally, a disturbing amount of earnestness. VINCE MANCINI Various Theaters. American Reunion The premise, if it needs to be stated, is that the gang is back in town for their high school reunion (because everyone saves the big party for that 13-year mark). Aaaand, that's it. Everything else unfolds in those familiar arcs of hijinks gone astray, where everyone gets drunk and Jim (Jason Biggs) is put into sexually compromising predicaments, whether it be winding up with a mostly naked teenage girl passed out face-down on his lap or fighting in a suburban front-law ...
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A Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
Morgan Spurlock goes to Comic-Con. by Suzette Smith 126,000 PEOPLE in face paint and stormtrooper costumes swarm San Diego every year to attend Comic-Con International. It's not hard to understand why: It looks really fun. Or, at least, documentary director Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) makes it look really fun. In between shots of fans standing in lines or aspiring comics creators standing in line, Spurlock packs Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope with tons of geeky talking heads: Frank Miller, Gerard Way, Eli Roth, Kevin Smith, Seth Rogen, and Joss Whedon and Stan Lee—who also serve as producers of the film—all speak humorously of their Comic-Con experiences. The interviews are extraordinarily clever, and there's the feeling of having an insider pass to see these famed nerds, of getting to run along with them in a series of underground tunnels beneath the San Diego Convention Center, hidden from the eyes of their obsessive fans ...
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Gerard Way: I Can't Escape My Chemical Romance
Gigwise - about 5 years
My Chemical Romance's frontman <a class="fplink fp-99429" href="/gerard+way+1">Gerard Way</a> has admitted that he feels like he "can never leave or escape" his band. The singer has said that even after nearly ten years he still loves being in the band and still sees it as a 'great thing'. According to Music News, Way said: "Going on ten years now we love being in the band. It's something you can never leave or escape or get away from, and that's a great thing." Speaking about recording the new album, he added"The cool thing is we've spent a lot of time writing new material on the road this time. We didn't do that before Danger Days. "I think [it's down to] just not being burnt out. Really enjoying and connecting with making music again, just being inspired, whereas after The Black Parade we weren't inspired to do much at all besides disappear." The band are currently working on the follow-up to 2010's ''Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys' back ...
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Kasabian Front Man Apologises To My Chemical Romance For Insult - Take 40
Google News - over 5 years
Meighan has told Q magazine that he was going to just ride out the awkward journey, until he eventually plucked up the courage to apologise to the bands lead singer Gerard Way. &quot;I thought, &#39;F**k it, I&#39;ve gotta go and apologise.&#39; So I went over,
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My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way reveals how he met Brian May - NME.com
Google News - over 5 years
Guitarist May played on Queen&#39;s &#39;We Will Rock You&#39; and MCR&#39;s &#39;Welcome To The Black Parade&#39; at the headline show, with Way explaining that they first met after he emailed May out of the blue. I wrote an email to Brian after getting his email off ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Voltaire - Master of the Macabre, Releases Ninth Album and Embarks on ... - San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
His prior films were narrated by Debbie Harry (Blondie), Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs), Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), and Danny Elfman (Oingo Boingo). Voltaire has performed to tens of thousands allover North America and Europe over the past
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gerard Way
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 38
    On Record Store Day 2016, Way released two exclusive, unreleased tracks from Hesitant Alien titled "Don't Try" and "Pinkish".
    More Details Hide Details Current line-up Past members Timeline In 2008, Way and musical project Julien-K remixed a version of the song "Sleep When I'm Dead" by The Cure for their EP Hypnagogic States. All profits gained from the sales of the EP go to funding the International Red Cross. In early 2009, Way and Japanese singer Kyosuke Himuro co-produced the new theme song for Advent Children Complete, the Blu-ray director's cut of the movie sequel to the popular video game franchise, Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. He is also credited with writing the lyrics, and singing alongside Himuro. The song, titled "Safe and Sound", was released on iTunes on April 29, 2009. "Safe and Sound" is only heard on the Japanese release of the film; the English release uses Himuro's "Calling" (the original ending theme for Advent Children) in place of it. He also contributed vocals for the vocal mix of the deadmau5 song "Professional Griefers".
  • 2015
    Age 37
    In 2015, Way contributed on Andy Black's debut solo album The Shadow Side, a pseudonym project from Black Veil Brides vocalist Andy Biersack.
    More Details Hide Details Way's first attempt at writing a comic was at the age of 16 in 1993, writing a comic book series called On Raven's Wings, published by Hart D. Fisher's Bonyard Press, which was cancelled after Issue 2 due to losing the art team; he was credited as Garry Way.
    In early 2015, it was announced that he would perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival in May 2015.
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    In February and March 2015, Way performed as a solo artist with The Hormones on the main stage of the Australian 2015 Soundwave music festivals, and headlined an additional sideshow in Melbourne.
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    In January 2015, Way was featured in The Boyzine, an independent zine published by SWMRS frontman Cole Becker.
    More Details Hide Details Way again discussed his gender identity, commenting, "I never really subscribed to the archetype masculinity growing up, I had no interest in sports or anything like that. There was a time where I was called a girl so often that when I discovered the idea of transgenderism I considered myself to be more of a girl. So I identify with trans people and women a lot because I was a girl to a lot of people growing up." Studio albums Other recordings Featured singles Guest performances Remixes
  • 2014
    Age 36
    In a Reddit AMA hosted by Way in October 2014, he stated, "I have always been extremely sensitive to those that have gender identity issues as I feel like I have gone through it as well, if even on a smaller scale.
    More Details Hide Details I have always identified a fair amount with the female gender, and began at a certain point in MCR to express this through my look and performance style. So it's no surprise that all of my inspirations and style influences were pushing gender boundaries. Freddy sic Mercury, Bowie, Iggy, early glam, T-Rex. Masculinity to me has always made me feel like it wasn't right for me."
    In 2014, Way began openly discussing his gender identity struggles online and in interviews.
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    His debut solo album Hesitant Alien was released on September 30, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details He also wrote the comic mini-series The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and the Eisner Award-winning comic book The Umbrella Academy.
  • 2013
    Age 35
    In 2013, Way made his television directorial debut on The Hub original series The Aquabats!
    More Details Hide Details Super Show!, co-directing and co-writing the season two finale "The AntiBats!" with series co-creators Christian Jacobs and Jason deVilliers. Additionally, Way's brother Mikey appears in the episode, playing the lead singer of a fictional death metal band called Asthma. The following year, the episode was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the category for "Outstanding Writing in a Children's Series". Way struggled with alcoholism and prescription drug addiction for many years but is now sober. In a November 2010 issue of Spin magazine, he said that having become a happier person and feeling more in control, he had been able to enjoy the occasional recreational drink.
    In a podcast interview on December 31, 2013 with Chris Thompson from Pop Culture Hound, Way discussed his new Umbrella Academy series in more detail and confirmed he would do two volumes back-to-back, with a couple of flashback issues in-between.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, he discussed his new comic series All Ages which first appeared as a series of images on his Twitter feed. Although the project doesn't have a publisher or an artist at this stage, he is actively working on the story of cats in high-school who are discovering their place in the world. It was announced that Way will be making his debut in the Marvel Universe by writing for the alternate universe Spider-Man series Edge of Spider-Verse. In 2001 Way co-created a cartoon with Joe Boyle called The Breakfast Monkey. They pitched it to Cartoon Network, but the network declined to pick up the concept on the grounds that it was too similar to the existing property Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
    On December 21, 2013, Gerard Way stated that he and Gabriel Ba will be working on parts three and four of his comic book series Umbrella Academy beginning in the new year.
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    On March 22, 2013, My Chemical Romance announced their break up.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2014, Way launched his Tumblr-based website where he announced that he had signed to Warner Bros. Records as a solo artist and was nearing completion of his first solo album. Further to this he announced a new song, "Action Cat", released later in June as a promotional single to his new album and his first solo shows at Reading and Leeds Festivals 2014. He later announced another solo performance that took place at Portsmouth’s Wedgewood Rooms on August 20. On August 19, Way streamed a new music video for the song "No Shows", released as the first single off the new album on August 19. The album, titled Hesitant Alien, was released on September 30, 2014. When Way was asked why he chose to implement the Britpop genre into his music he stated that he enjoyed the energy and style of the music and its scene, and was urged to revive the genre in America.
  • 2009
    Age 31
    Way and fellow artists Shaun Simon and Becky Cloonan co-created another comic-book series entitled The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, which Way announced at 2009 San Diego Comic-Con.
    More Details Hide Details At the 2012 New York Comic Con, the team announced that the first look at the series would be released on 2013's Free Comic Book Day. The series continued the concepts introduced in the My Chemical Romance album of a similar title. In 2011, My Chemical Romance stated that Mikey and Gerard were working on another comic book project which they had kept under wraps since mid-2009. As of 2015 nothing of this project has emerged.
  • 2008
    Age 30
    The next installment of the series, Dallas, was released on November 26, 2008, and, following speculation that Way had retired indefinitely from comics, a third installment entitled Hotel Oblivion is currently in the works.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2007
    Age 29
    On September 3, 2007, after a concert in Colorado, Way married Lyn-Z, bassist of Mindless Self Indulgence, backstage on the final date of the Projekt Revolution tour.
    More Details Hide Details A member of Live Nation's touring staff who was also an ordained minister performed the low-key ceremony. Their daughter, Bandit Lee Way, was born on May 27, 2009. The family lives in Los Angeles, California.
    In 2007, Way began writing the comic-book miniseries The Umbrella Academy.
    More Details Hide Details Way wrote the story and illustrated the original version, but cartoonist Gabriel Ba redrew the art in the fist volume, Apocalypse Suite. Apocalypse Suite was first released by Dark Horse Comics in their Free Comic Book Day issue on May 5, 2007. Since then, an eight-page story has been published entitled "Safe & Sound", which appeared in a collection of stories entitled MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume One. The first official issue of The Umbrella Academy was released on September 19, 2007. The first issue sold out and consequently there was a second printing released on October 17, 2007. Apocalypse Suite also won the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series.
  • 2001
    Age 23
    Way was working as an intern for Cartoon Network in New York City during the September 11, 2001 attacks.
    More Details Hide Details Seeing the effects of the attacks first-hand prompted Way to change his views on life in the following weeks. He told Spin magazine, "I literally said to myself, 'Fuck art. I've gotta get out of the basement. I've gotta see the world. I've gotta make a difference.'" To help deal with the emotional effects the attacks had on him, Way wrote the lyrics to the song "Skylines and Turnstiles", which has since been identified as the first song by My Chemical Romance. Soon after, My Chemical Romance began to assemble as a band. Way has contributed vocally to bands such as Every Time I Die's "Kill the Music", Head Automatica's "Graduation Day", Say Anything's "In Defense of the Genre", and The Oval Portrait's "From My Cold Dead Hands" and "Barnabus Collins Has More Skeletons in His Closet Than Vincent Price".
  • 1999
    Age 21
    Deciding to pursue a career in the comic-book industry, he attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details As teenagers, Gerard and his brother Mikey Way, who later became the bassist of My Chemical Romance, were influenced by artists such as Iron Maiden, The Misfits, Danzig, Black Flag, Queen, Pulp, Blur, Morrissey and The Smiths. Way originally wanted to be a guitarist. His grandmother bought him his first guitar at the age of eight and he played in short-lived bands such as Ray Gun Jones and Nancy Drew with future bandmate Ray Toro, but when he was not successful (one band kicking him out due to his lack of skill with the guitar), he chose to concentrate on his art career.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1995
    Age 17
    Way attended Belleville High School until he graduated in 1995.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Born
    Way was born in Summit, New Jersey, on April 9, 1977, the son of Donna Lee (née Rush) and Donald Way.
    More Details Hide Details He is of Italian and Scottish ancestry. Raised in Belleville, New Jersey, alongside brother Mikey Way, he first began singing publicly in the fourth grade, when he played the role of Peter Pan in a school musical production. His maternal grandmother, Elena Lee Rush, was a great creative influence who taught him to sing, paint, and perform from a young age; he has said that "she has taught me everything I know". Also, while in elementary school, the glam metal band Bon Jovi was instrumental in forming his love of music. At the age of 15, Way was held at gunpoint. As he said in an April 2008 Rolling Stone interview, "I got held up with a .357 Magnum, had a gun pointed to my head and put on the floor, execution-style." He went on to say that "no matter how ugly the world gets or how stupid it shows me it is, I always have faith it". At age 16, he appeared on an episode of Sally Jesse Raphael to discuss the controversy surrounding the publicizing of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's crimes in comic books.
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