FRANK ANTHONY IERO, JR. (born October 31, 1981) is an American
musician who was the rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist of the rock
My Chemical Romance and post-hardcore band
* 1 Early life
* 2 Music career
* 2.1 Early bands and Pency Prep (1998–2002) * 2.2 My Chemical Romance (2002–2013) * 2.3 LeATHERMØUTH, solo and side projects (2007–present)
* 3 Equipment * 4 Personal life and political views * 5 Discography * 6 References * 7 External links
He was born in
Belleville, New Jersey
Iero's parents split when he was young and he grew up living with his mother, who lent out her basement to her son's many band practices; his father and grandfather were musicians and both were big influences on Iero when he was young. His father urged him to play drums, but Iero later began playing the guitar.
EARLY BANDS AND PENCY PREP (1998–2002)
Frank started playing in local bands on the New Jersey punk scene at age 11. Before joining My Chemical Romance he served as frontman for the punk band Pencey Prep . The band released an album, Heartbreak in Stereo , on the independent Eyeball Records before disbanding. Whilst playing with Pencey Prep, he became friends with Gerard Way and the other My Chemical Romance members, became a fan of their original demo and helped them get their first shows. After his band broke up, Frank played in several bands, including I Am A Graveyard, Hybrid , Sector 12, and American Nightmare before being offered the slot of rhythm guitar in My Chemical Romance .
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE (2002–2013)
Main article: My Chemical Romance
Iero joined My Chemical Romance in 2002 and was featured on two tracks, Honey, This Mirror Isn\'t Big Enough for the Two of Us and Early Sunsets Over Monroeville, on their debut album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love . Iero performed on the band's second studio album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge , released on June 8, 2004. My Chemical Romance released their third studio album, The Black Parade , on October 24, 2006. My Chemical Romance's fourth and final studio album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys was released on November 22, 2010. The band announced their breakup on March 22, 2013.
LEATHERMØUTH, SOLO AND SIDE PROJECTS (2007–PRESENT)
Iero fronted the hardcore punk quintet,
On December 7, 2010, Iero parted ways with the record company Skeleton Crew that he and his wife co-founded years earlier, in order to concentrate on his family and his music with My Chemical Romance , stating that, although he would have loved to carry on, he could not juggle his career with the band, the new additions to his family (newborn daughters), and co-running a business at the same time. He was a judge for the 7th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists.
In early 2013, Iero and
Soon after Death Spells' inactivity, Iero performed new solo songs live and posted others to his Soundcloud, then implied he had a full album worth of songs wrote with more content being created on a continuous basis. This was confirmed to be for a solo album.
On November 28, 2013, he announced via his official website and his
Twitter account that a two-track release entitled For Jamia... would
be released digitally and via limited vinyl on December 10. After his
former band broke up, Frank began writing songs in his home studio.
Throughout the rest of 2013 he started playing a couple of songs live
at events, posted a demo of "joyriding" and recorded a full-length
album. Frank plays everything on the album except for drums which were
handled by former
My Chemical Romance drummer
Jarrod Alexander . He
also assembled a touring band composed of Evan Nestor, Rob Hughes and
Matt Olsson. In June 2014 he announced his signing to Staples Records
and his debut album called Stomachaches due out August 25. This was
followed up with tour dates (a support slot on the Taking Back Sunday
The Used co-headline US fall tour) and a debut single called
"Weighted". On August 4, 2014. he released the music video for this
song. A second single and accompanying video for the song "Joyriding"
was released. The band opened for
They performed two acoustic shows in New Jersey showcasing new material and announcing they were go into studio to record a second album in two weeks. On May 22, 2016, he officially announced recording a new album and an Australia tour, with a name change to the band which is now known as frnkiero and the patience. The band performed at Shadow of the City with The 1975 in New Jersey and are playing both Riot Fest dates (Denver and Chicago) in September 2016. After a motor vehicle accident that injured Iero and his band mates all remaining 2016 dates were canceled. The band is currently due to perform a summer tour in the US in June and July 2017.
In the earlier days of My Chemical Romance, Iero mainly used Gibson
Iero has many tattoos including logos for the bands Black Flag and
The Misfits , symbols of his love for his home state,
New Jersey , a
matching 'revenge' tattoo with
Iero has expressed his pro-gay rights stance on numerous occasions,
including wearing a pro-gay marriage T-shirt on tour and his
home-custom red '
Homophobia is gay' T-shirt which has become a fan
favourite. He also revealed to Rock Sound magazine that he voted for
He has been a vegetarian since childhood after discovering the
mistreatment animals endure in slaughterhouses and rearing farms and
in 2008 PETA dubbed Iero one of the World's Sexiest Vegetarians,
On February 5, 2007 Iero married his long-term girlfriend Jamia Nestor after proposing on May 25, 2006 during the recording of The Black Parade . On September 7, 2010, Iero announced on the My Chemical Romance official website that he and his wife Jamia had become parents of twin girls named Cherry and Lily. On April 6, 2012, he announced via his official Twitter account that his wife had given birth to their son, Miles.
On October 13, 2016 Iero was injured in a motor vehicle accident in
which a passenger bus with no passengers hit them as he and his band
unloaded their van for a show in
As frnkiero and the cellabration
* Stomachaches (2014)
* Parachutes (2016)
With Pencey Prep
* Heartbreak in Stereo (2001)
* No Country for Old Musicians (2013)
* I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love (2002) * Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (2004) * The Black Parade (2006) * Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (2010)
* XO (2009)
With Death Spells
* Nothing Above, Nothing Below (2016)
* ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/frank-iero-mn0000551123
* ^ La Gorce, Tammy. "Bellowing Like Iron Maiden, but Very, Very
The New York Times , November 7, 2004. Accessed November
2, 2007. "Which is more what Mr. Way – along with his bassist and
brother, Mikey; Ray Toro, a guitarist from Belleville; Frank Iero, a
guitarist from Sheffield; and the Chicago-area drummer Bob Bryer –
is going for..."
* ^ A B "Frank Iero". ImNotOkay.net. October 31, 1981. Retrieved
November 4, 2011.
* ^ "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
* ^ "The Leading Skeleton Crew Online Site on the Net".
SkeletonCrewOnline.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
* ^ "7th Annual Judges". Independent Music Awards. Archived from
the original on March 6, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
* ^ Whitt, Cassie (April 8, 2013). "
Death Spells (