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Transcript of Gerard Way
His Brother Michael (Mikey) James Way was born on September 10, 1980. Growing up his inspiration was his grandmother, Elena Lee Rush. His neighborhood was very sketchy and he was seldom allowed to play outside. this left lots of time for artsy activitys! This left lots of time for more artsy activities like painting and storytelling. Gerard received his first guitar when he was 8, it was a birthday present from his grandma. He quickly learned to play and soon after discovered his singing talent He quickly learned to play, and soon after discovered his singing talent when he stared in his school's musical as... PETER PAN! When Gerard was 9 he came to the relazation everyone
he loves in going to died and he will die alone. This lead to his obsession with death. This affected him all through high school where we was ignored and had very few friends. He worked at a comic book store and claims this saved his life. He spent most of his time in his head making up stories with his brother, Mikey. Inspired by the hardcore fury of the Black Flags song Revenge
he was taken with the idea of seeking vengeance on everyone who had every harrased him. This attitude changed when one of his only friends commited suicide. When this happened, he became more set on breaking into comics or animation which was something his friend wanted him to pursue. When he graduated from Belleville High School in 1995 he began a four year program at The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He hoped this would get him out of Jersey
and would be able to do something with his life. While at art school he would frequently go to small concerts and parties thrown by Eyeball Records founder Alex Saavedra. He became more interested in music than art. But by early 2001 he had secured a job at Marvel designing action figures. This attitude changed when one of his only friends commited suicide. He was offered a job to do some work on spider-man (the comic), but turned it down. He was confused and didn't know what he wanted. So his friends planned an intervention and decided to form the foundation for a band. This progress came to a halt on September 11, 2001. The attacks of 9/11 had a huge effect on him. "This really freaked him out - he didn't leave his house for a while." said Alex Saavedra. He has always struggled with alcoholism and prescription drug use but it escalated during the Japan tour. He has said that at one time he was up to a bottle of vodka a day and bottles of sedative pills. This all changed when he realized the circle he was going in and didn't want that to happen to the band. So they canceled the rest of the shows and he went to rehab. He has been sober since August 2004 and is much happier. On September 3, 2007 Gerard married Lindsey Ann
Ballato (Lynz of Mindless Self Indulgence) backstage at a show in Denver. The couple had their first child
Bandit Lee Way on March 27, 2009. He currently lives in Los Angeles with Lindsey,
Bandit and their bulldog, Susan Michelle. 11. Art and Comic Books All through high school he drew many cartoons and comic books. When he graduated School of Visual Arts he took an internship at Cartoon Network. While there he began working on a tv series called The Breakfast Monkey. Assisted by Brooklyn artist Joe Boyle, they began to storyboard the series. When they pitched the idea it was taken into consideration but eventually discarded for being too similar to Aqua Teen Hunger Force in that they both involved food. After this disapointment he realized that he had the artistic talent to form a career. By early 2001 he had worked for all 3 major comic book companies: DC Comics, Image Comics and Marvel. He felt like he wasn't going anywhere, " The positive side was I ended up with a notebook full of ideas. I even wrote a short story called I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. It was about gangland murders in Chicago. The point was I had all the ideas I just didn't have a plan." But that all changed in 2007 when he was offered a chance to write a comic book with help from Gabriel Ba But that all changed in 2007 when he was offered a deal with Dark Horse Comics. With the help of Gabrial Ba one of Gerard's ideas came to life. The first issue of The Umbrella Academy was published in late 2007, Gerard wrote the story and made the original drawings that were later altered by Ba. It's written in 6 parts and there are 2 volumes: Apocalypse Suite and Dallas It tells the story of 7 orphaned children with spectacular powers: (L to R) Pogo, Number 5, White Violin, Kraken, Seance, Rumor and Spaceboy In 2008 the series won a Einser Award for best limited series. He dedicated the first issue to Lindsey and the second to Mikey. At the 2009 comic-com he announced that he was working on a new series called The True Lives of Fabulous Killjoys. 111. My Chemical Romance When he was 9 his friend's grandmother died. This led him to the realization that everyone he loves will die. This led to his obsession with death. The band formed in late 2001, they went around playing small local shows. Many producers from A&R Records started showing up at the shows, offering to sign them. They started with five original members ( L to R):
- Frank Iero ( lead guitar)
- Ray Toro ( guitar and back up vocals)
- Gerard Way ( lead vocals)
- Matt Perlissier ( drums)
- Mikey Way (bass) They later signed with Eyeball Records because they had personal connections there and felt they would have more artistic control. Their first album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love was released July 23, 2003. Their first album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love was released July 23, 2002 It wasn't a favorite among critics but did earn a large fan base. For their sophomore album they switched to the more well known Reprise Records. They wrote and recorded all of the songs on Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge in under 3 months. The album was greatly influenced by the death of Gerard and Mikey's Grandmother. " My love affair with death kind of came to an end when my grandmother died, and I realized death wasn't all it cracked up to be." Gerard told NME. After the Japan leg of the tour they dismissed drummer Matt Pelissier for the main
reason that he didn't get along well with the other members. A few months later they replaced him with old friend Bob Bryer In the next few months they began work on their 3rd album, The Black Parade, which they wrote and recorded at the seemingly haunted Canfield-Moreno Estate. When the name of the album was released, soon before they played the first show in London more then 20 people showed up dressed in black capes and paraded in the streets forming well, a black parade. The Black Parade is Dead! shows the Hoboken and Mexico City shows.
It was released on April 21, 2008. Their 4th album Danger Days: The True Lives of Fabulous Killjoys was released November 19, 2010. It was the mst secssful of all their albums. Their most recent album Danger Days: The True Lives of Fabulous Killjoys was released November 19, 2010. It was the most commericaly successful. Their most recent album Danger Days: The True Lives of Fabulous Killjoys was released November 19, 2010. It was the most commercially successful. Okay, enough about albums. When most people see the band members, they think it will be some emo suicide band. But overall they're wrong. But overall it's wrong. "She wanted to join the other suicide victims in the "Black Parade"- the group's final resting place."
"She was obsessed with the US emo band My Chemical Romance whose 2006 No 1. album The Black Parade features a tragic storyline of a man dying of cancer." The band had no direct response, though in a separate interview said "I don't want people to be afraid of life, which I think is everybody's biggest fear." " The main thing we've always wanted to do is save peoples lives," Gerard told Alternative Press.
" That sounds Mother Teresa-ish and outlandish, but it really does happen. It does make a huge difference. We've seen it in action." "The main thing we've always wanted to do is save people's lives," Gerard told Alternative Press. " It sounds Mother Teresa-ish and outlandish, but it really does happen. It does make a huge difference. We've seen it in action." "I can't thank MCR enough for saving my life. If it wasn't for them I wouldn't be here. If it wasn't for MCR I wouldn't be myself."
"I realised they were just like me. They went through what I went through." " We're a victory for the little people," Gerard declared. "Yes, we have success now and we have great quality of life, we have a CD with our name on it and we have videos and all that stuff. But we're outcast. There was a time when all we had was each other. People might like us, but what they see in us is themselves." Bibliography:
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