The Info List - Frank Iero

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FRANK ANTHONY IERO, JR. (born October 31, 1981) is an American musician who was the rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist of the rock band My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
and post-hardcore band Leathermouth . He has a solo punk rock project titled FRANK IERO AND THE PATIENCE. He released an album under the previous moniker FRNKIERO ANDTHE CELLABRATION titled Stomachaches that was released on August 26, 2014. The first single off the album, called "Weighted", premiered on BBC Radio One on July 8, 2014.


* 1 Early life

* 2 Music career

* 2.1 Early bands and Pency Prep (1998–2002) * 2.2 My Chemical Romance
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
Belleville, New Jersey
. As a child, he suffered numerous bouts of bronchitis and ear infections, which meant he spent a lot of his childhood in the hospital. Frank is also lactose intolerant and has other various food allergies. He attended a Catholic school as a child. He went to Rutgers University
Rutgers University
on a scholarship , but dropped out to go on tour with My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance

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.



Frank started playing in local bands on the New Jersey
New Jersey
punk scene at age 11. Before joining My Chemical Romance
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
Gerard Way
and the other My Chemical Romance
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


Main article: My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance

Iero joined My Chemical Romance
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
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
, released on June 8, 2004. My Chemical Romance
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.


Iero fronted the hardcore punk quintet, Leathermouth , who released their debut album XO in January 2009, on Epitaph Records
Epitaph Records
. The band split later in 2010. He is involved in a tribute band to The Cure named The Love Cats, after the song of the same name, and played bass with Reggie and the Full Effect
Reggie and the Full Effect
on their farewell tour. His first solo song 'This Song Is A Curse' was released as a bonus track on the official soundtrack to the Tim Burton
Tim Burton
film, Frankenweenie . He later posted an anti-Xmas track he recorded as a joke in 15 minutes, and followed that up with a cover of the song 'Be My Baby ', originally made famous by The Ronettes
The Ronettes

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
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 James Dewees
James Dewees
announced that they were working on a new project, a digital hardcore act, Death Spells . They also announced a tour supporting Mindless Self Indulgence
Mindless Self Indulgence
and a performance at the Skate and Surf Festival in New Jersey. Starting a week before the Mindless Self Indulgence
Mindless Self Indulgence
tour, Death Spells posted a short demo of a new song each night at midnight, culminating this with their first full single "Where Are My Fucking Pills?" and an accompanying music video. A full-length album was expected to be released in late 2013 but has yet to have been released. Death Spells have been inactive since mid-2013.

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
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 and The Used
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 Mallory Knox in the UK in November 2014 on their first overseas run. The band announced headline dates for 2015 in Mexico, the US and Europe and are playing Reading and Leeds festivals. The band also opened for Against Me in the US on a summer tour and ended the year on a headline run.

They performed two acoustic shows in New Jersey
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
The 1975
in New Jersey
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 SG's "> Frank Iero
Frank Iero
shows his hand tattoos to a fan.

Iero has many tattoos including logos for the bands Black Flag and The Misfits , symbols of his love for his home state, New Jersey
New Jersey
, a matching 'revenge' tattoo with James Dewees
James Dewees
and others by acclaimed tattoo artist Kat Von D
Kat Von D
: a Frankenstein's monster and portraits of his grandmothers and grandfather, all of which were featured in Von D's book High Voltage Tattoo
and the latter of which was done on an episode of her reality show LA Ink in which Iero was featured. In the aforementioned book, Von D states that she was present at Iero's wedding indicating that the two have remained close friends.

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 Barack Obama
Barack Obama
in the 2008 presidential election.

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, alongside Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano

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 Sydney
, Australia. Iero was dragged about 10 feet along the curb by the bus until his publicist moved the van, he credits "an enormous rucksack" for saving his life that day. He canceled all remaining 2016 shows and would later speak about that day saying "It broke that impact. I don’t even know what would’ve happened. It’s incredible to me that we’re all still alive. No one that witnessed the accident thought that we would be."


As frnkiero and the cellabration

* Stomachaches (2014)

As Frank Iero and the Patience

* Parachutes (2016)


* "This Song Is a Curse " (2012) * For Jamia (2012) * "B.F.F." (2014) * "Extraordinary Girl " cover for Kerrang Does American Idiot
American Idiot

With Pencey Prep

* Heartbreak in Stereo (2001)

With Reggie and the Full Effect
Reggie and the Full Effect

* No Country for Old Musicians
No Country for Old Musicians

With My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
Main articles: My Chemical Romance discography and List of songs recorded by My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance

* I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
(2002) * Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
(2004) * The Black Parade (2006) * Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (2010)

With Leathermouth

* XO (2009)

With Death Spells

* Nothing Above, Nothing Below (2016)


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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 ( Frank Iero
Frank Iero
and James Dewees) release video for \'Where Are My Fucking Pills?\'". Alternative Press . Retrieved November 22, 2013. * ^ Whitt, Cassie (June 3, 2013). "\'The plan is to have a Death Spells release out this year\' – Frank Iero
Frank Iero
on post-My Chem projects". Alternative Press . Retrieved November 22, 2013. * ^ Archived November 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
. * ^ "Twitter / FrankIero: \'for jamia...\' by frnkiero". Twitter.com. November 27, 2013. Retrieved 2014-06-29. * ^ Whitt, Cassie (August 4, 2014). "Frnkiero Andthe Cellabration release "Weighted" video". Alt Press . * ^ " Epiphone Wilshire
Epiphone Wilshire
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Epiphone Wilshire
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Frank Iero
(September 7, 2010). "To Kill A Demon Shark". Retrieved September 8, 2010. * ^ "Twitter". twitter.com. * ^ "Twitter". twitter.com. * ^ " Frank Iero
Frank Iero
opens up on accident for first time: “It’s incredible to me that we’re all still alive” - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2017-06-03. * ^ "Frank Iero: Ex- My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
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