The Info List - Gerard Way

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GERARD ARTHUR WAY (born April 9, 1977) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comic book writer who was the lead vocalist and co-founder of the rock band My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
from its formation in September 2001 until its split in March 2013. His debut solo album Hesitant Alien
Hesitant Alien
was released on September 30, 2014. He also wrote the comic mini-series The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and the Eisner Award -winning comic book The Umbrella Academy
The Umbrella Academy


* 1 Early life

* 2 Music career

* 2.1 2001–2013: My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
* 2.2 2014–2016: Hesitant Alien
Hesitant Alien
* 2.3 Gerard Way
Gerard Way
and The Hormones * 2.4 Other musical collaborations

* 3 Other ventures

* 3.1 1993–present: Writing * 3.2 2001–present: Television

* 4 Personal life

* 5 Discography

* 5.1 My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
* 5.2 Solo

* 6 Bibliography

* 6.1 Story credits

* 6.1.1 Series * 6.1.2 Short stories and single issues

* 6.2 Interior art credits * 6.3 Cover art credits

* 7 References * 8 External links


Way was born in Summit, New Jersey
Summit, New Jersey
, on April 9, 1977, the son of Donna Lee (née Rush) and Donald Way. He is of Italian and Scottish ancestry. Raised in Belleville, New Jersey
Belleville, New Jersey
, alongside brother Mikey Way , he first began singing publicly in the fourth grade, when he played the role of Peter Pan
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
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
Rolling Stone
interview, "I got held up with a .357 Magnum
.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 ". 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 . Way attended Belleville High School until he graduated in 1995. Deciding to pursue a career in the comic-book industry, he attended the School of Visual Arts
School of Visual Arts
in New York City
New York City
, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1999.


Gerard Way
Gerard Way
in Montreal
, Quebec
, during the Honda Civic Tour in August 2011


Main article: My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance

As teenagers, Gerard and his brother Mikey Way, who later became the bassist of My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
, were influenced by artists such as Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
, The Misfits , Danzig , Black Flag , Queen , Pulp , Blur , Morrissey
and The Smiths
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.

Way was working as an intern for Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
in New York City during the September 11, 2001 attacks
September 11, 2001 attacks
. 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
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".

In many interviews, Way has stated that music and his art work turned out to be an effective outlet to deal with his longtime battles against depression , alcoholism and prescription drug abuse . The use of music as a way to resolve personal battles has caused Way to create deeply personal songs such as "Helena ," which was written in memory of his late grandmother. On March 22, 2013, My Chemical Romance announced their break up.


Gerard Way
Gerard Way
at Webster Hall
Webster Hall
in New York City
New York City
in October 2014

In May 2014, Way launched his Tumblr -based website where he announced that he had signed to Warner Bros. Records
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
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
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.

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.

In early 2015, it was announced that he would perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival in May 2015.

On Record Store Day 2016 , Way released two exclusive, unreleased tracks from Hesitant Alien
Hesitant Alien
titled "Don't Try" and "Pinkish".



* Gerard Way
Gerard Way
– lead vocals, piano , rhythm guitar * Ian Fowles
Ian Fowles
– lead guitar, backing vocals * Matt Gorney – bass guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals * Jarrod Alexander – drums, percussion * James Dewees
James Dewees
– keyboards, synthesizer, piano, backing vocals


* Jamie Muhoberac – keyboards


In 2008, Way and musical project Julien-K remixed a version of the song "Sleep When I\'m Dead " by The Cure
The Cure
for their EP Hypnagogic States . All profits gained from the sales of the EP go to funding the International Red Cross
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 ".

A longtime supporter of the British rock band LostAlone , Way is the executive producer of their second studio album I\'m a UFO in This City (2012).

Way contributed guest vocals to "Falling in Love Will Kill You" from Wrongchilde's debut solo album Gold Blooded, a pseudonym project from Kill Hannah frontman Mat Devine .

In 2015, Way co-wrote and contributed backing vocals to the song "Louder Than Your Love" on Black Veil Brides
Black Veil Brides
frontman Andy Black 's debut solo album The Shadow Side .



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 2007, Way began writing the comic-book miniseries The Umbrella Academy . 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
Dark Horse Comics
in their Free Comic Book Day
Free Comic Book Day
issue on May 5, 2007. Since then, an eight-page story has been published entitled "Safe "> Way promoting his comic book projects with DC Comics at the 2017 WonderCon

In 2001 Way co-created a cartoon with Joe Boyle called The Breakfast Monkey. They pitched it to Cartoon Network
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
Aqua Teen Hunger Force

In 2013, Way made his television directorial debut on The Hub original series The Aquabats! Super Show!
The Aquabats! 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 in 2012

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.

On September 3, 2007, after a concert in Colorado, Way married Lyn-Z , bassist of Mindless Self Indulgence
Mindless Self Indulgence
, backstage on the final date of the Projekt Revolution tour. 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
Los Angeles, California

In 2014, Way began openly discussing his gender identity struggles online and in interviews. 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. 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 Mercury, Bowie, Iggy, early glam, T-Rex. Masculinity to me has always made me feel like it wasn't right for me."

In January 2015, Way was featured in The Boyzine, an independent zine published by SWMRS frontman Cole Becker. 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."



Main articles: My Chemical Romance
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 (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)


Studio albums

* Hesitant Alien
Hesitant Alien

Other recordings

* "O Waly, Waly " (2014) * "Into the Cave We Wander" (with Ray Toro , 2016)

Featured singles

* "Safe and Sound" (by Kyosuke Himuro , 2009) * " Professional Griefers " (by Deadmau5
, 2012) * "Falling in Love (Will Kill You)" (by Wrongchilde , 2014)

Guest performances

* "Jet Black New Year" (by Thursday , backing vocals, 2002) * "Devil in Mexico" (by Murder by Death , backing vocals, 2003) * "Barnabus Collins Has More Skeletons in His Closet than Vincent Price" (by The Oval Portrait , backing vocals, 2003) * "From My Cold Dead Hands" (by The Oval Portrait, backing vocals, 2003) * "Kill The Music" (by Every Time I Die , backing vocals, 2005) * "Graduation Day" (by Head Automatica , backing vocals, 2006) * "In Defense of the Genre" (by Say Anything , backing vocals, 2007) * "My Space" (by Evelyn Evelyn , backing vocals, 2010) * "Louder Than Your Love" (by Andy Black , backing vocals, 2016)


* "Sleep When I\'m Dead " (Remix 4) (by The Cure
The Cure
, remix with Julien-K , 2008)




* On Raven's Wings #1–2 (penciller Jose Santos, inker Dana Greene, letterer T. Warren Montgomery, cover artist Rob Nemeth, Boneyard Press, 1994)

* The Umbrella Academy
The Umbrella Academy

* Apocalypse Suite #1–6 (artist Gabriel Bá , colorist Dave Stewart , letterer Nate Piekos , cover artist James Jean
James Jean
, Dark Horse Comics , 2007–2008) * Dallas #1–6 (Bá, Stewart, Piekos, Dark Horse, 2008–2009)

* The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1–6 (co-writer Shaun Simon, artist Becky Cloonan , colorist Dan Jackson, letterer Nate Piekos, Dark Horse, 2013–2014) * Doom Patrol (vol. 6) #1–ongoing (artist Nick Derington, colorist Tamra Bonvillain, letterer Todd Klein , additional inker Tom Fowler , Young Animal , 2016–ongoing) * Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #1–ongoing (co-writer Jon Rivera, artist Michael Avon Oeming , colorist Nick Filardi, letterer Clem Robins, Young Animal, 2016–ongoing)

Short Stories And Single Issues

* The Umbrella Academy
The Umbrella Academy

* "Mon Dieu!" (Bá, colorist Dan Jackson, letterer Jason Hvam, appeared on darkhorse.com, 2006) * "...But the Past Ain't Through with You." (Bá, Jackson, Piekos, appeared in Free Comic Book Day
Free Comic Book Day
2007, Dark Horse, 2007) * "Safe -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

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Gerard Way
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Andy Biersack
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