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Raymond Manuel Toro-Ortiz (born July 15, 1977) is an American musician who served as lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band My Chemical Romance until their break-up in 2013.[1]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Music career 3 Influences 4 Personal life 5 Discography

5.1 The Rodneys 5.2 My Chemical Romance 5.3 Reggie and the Full Effect 5.4 Solo Songs 5.5 Solo Albums

6 Production discography 7 References 8 Notes 9 External links

Early life[edit] Toro was born July 15, 1977,[2] in Kearny, New Jersey.[1][3] He is of Puerto Rican/Portuguese heritage. He grew up in a small house on the border between Kearny and Harrison, New Jersey, which he shared with his parents and two brothers.[1] By the time he entered Kearny High School, he had become interested in music. Toro's brother introduced him to several bands whose guitarists influenced him greatly. He enrolled in guitar lessons, as well as typing lessons to improve his manual dexterity.[4] Toro became involved with several local bands, the most successful of which were The Rodneys, who formed in 1994 and released their first and only album "Soccertown USA" in 1998. Future My Chemical Romance drummer Matt Pelissier also played for the band. However, after graduating from high school in 1995, Toro decided on film instead of music. He enrolled in an editing course at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, and his only musical pursuits[when?] involved playing drums in the short-lived band Dead Go West.[5] In an interview with Rock Sound, Toro said that "being in a band wasn't really a dream of mine. I always wanted to write music. I enjoy recording more and the process of writing, I never thought that being in a touring band was a possibility. I enjoyed getting a bunch of scenes and cutting it together so it makes sense. I made one short film about a guy who was obsessed with eating eggs every day. He finally opens up this egg carton and there's one egg left, but he can't crack it open, so he gets driven insane".[6] Music career[edit] Rodney's frontman Shawn Dillon is credited with introducing Toro to Gerard Way
Gerard Way
in the late 1990s. Toro agreed to work with him and Pelissier in practice sessions, which were primarily held in Pelissier's attic.[4] After Gerard's younger brother Mikey Way
Mikey Way
joined the trio as bassist, My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
was formed.[1] In 2007, Toro appeared as himself in the slasher/horror/comedy movie Punk Rock Holocaust 2, with bandmate Frank Iero.[7]

Ray Toro
Ray Toro
(right) in 2007

Especially since My Chemical Romance's third album The Black Parade, Toro has been compared to Queen guitarist Brian May. He has long cited May as a key influence on his guitar style. As Toro said in an interview: "I appreciate [the comparisons]. He's one of my favorite guitarists. I just love his work. That guy is capable is everything. He can lay back when he needs to, then writes some of the best leads. He comes up with great harmonies, he's a great singer. To me it's an honor for anybody to say that I play like him or that parts remind them of Queen".[4] My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
performed a portion of their 2011 Reading and Leeds Festivals
Reading and Leeds Festivals
headline concert with May.[8] Toro was the leading force behind My Chemical Romance's #SINGItForJapan project, which was dedicated to supporting those affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan.[9] He arranged much of the instrumentation of the band's original track "Sing" to create a sound that emulated traditional Japanese music. "SINGItForJapan" was released on April 13, 2011, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.[9][10] My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
has released four studio albums, two live albums, six extended plays, 19 singles, four video albums, 15 music videos, one demo and have 11 original appearances on other albums. The band was working on a fifth studio album before their split.[11] On May 24, 2013, Toro posted a solo song, "Isn't That Something", to his SoundCloud
SoundCloud
account.[12][13] He also stated how the track was entirely a solo effort: "I played everything. Sang everything. Recorded everything. Mixed everything. Myself" via his Twitter.[14] Later in 2013 Toro joined James Dewees's band, Reggie and the Full Effect for a late 2013 tour and contributed to his album No Country for Old Musicians.[1][15] In 2014, Toro provided guitars for Cuban American
Cuban American
dark cabaret singer Voltaire's tenth studio album, Raised by Bats.[16][17] On January 1, 2015, he released a new song, titled "For the Lost and Brave", on his website, mentioning Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who committed suicide, in the blog post.[18][19] In an interview with Toro, Kerrang! magazine described the song's style as "aching synth-rock brimming with [My Chemical Romance]'s us-against-the-world spirit" and revealed that Toro intended to release his debut solo album later in 2015; Toro also commented that this was the first time he's ever "written lyrics or songs on [his] own".[20] On November 18, 2016, Toro released his debut album, Remember the Laughter, after recording it primarily at his home since 2013.[21][22] Influences[edit] Toro has cited heavy metal guitarist Randy Rhoads
Randy Rhoads
and hard rock musician Brian May
Brian May
as his two biggest influences.[23] As a teenager he was a big fan of Randy Rhoads
Randy Rhoads
because "he was one of the first players I can remember who mixed classical music with a metal and hard rock style of playing, and he did it very tastefully. It was really inspiring."[23] Later he began to listen to classical guitarist Andrés Segovia
Andrés Segovia
and Christopher Parkening. He admitted to being obsessed with the way in which they would take classical pieces and arrange them for a single guitar resulting in a moving melody and bass lines that work together.[24] Despite declaring to be a "music snob" when it comes to new artists, he praised Muse's work.[25] He said that he mainly listens to the same music that he did when younger and enjoys the process of discovering harmonies or nuances that he was unable to notice during his youth, gaining a different appreciation for the music.[26] Toro recognizes his older brother as a huge influence, being the person who bought him his first real guitar and showed him how to play it.[27] Becoming Toro's gateway into guitar playing and introducing him to bands like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and also Mötley Crüe
Mötley Crüe
and Metallica. The first CD he bought was Cowboys from Hell
Cowboys from Hell
by Pantera.[28] Personal life[edit] Toro married Christa in November 2008, during My Chemical Romance's break between The Black Parade
The Black Parade
and Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.[citation needed] They have one son, born in September 2013.[29] Discography[edit] The Rodneys[edit] Soccertown U.S.A. (Sellout Soon Records) – 1997 [30] [31] My Chemical Romance[edit] See also: My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
discography

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
The Black Parade
(2006) Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
(2010)

Reggie and the Full Effect[edit]

No Country for Old Musicians
No Country for Old Musicians
(2013)

Solo Songs[edit]

"Isn't That Something" (2013) "For the Lost and Brave" (2015) "Tired of Sex" ( Weezer
Weezer
cover) (2015) "Hope for the World" (2016)

Solo Albums[edit]

Remember the Laughter
Remember the Laughter
(2016)

Production discography[edit]

2011 – My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
– iTunes Festival: London 2011 (mixing) 2012 – The Architects – Live in Los Angeles (mixing) 2013 – The Architects – Border Wars Episode I (mixing on one track)

References[edit]

^ a b c d e Apar, Corey. " Ray Toro
Ray Toro
Bio". AllMusic.  ^ " Ray Toro
Ray Toro
biography". ray-toro.com. Retrieved October 19, 2017.  ^ Ray, Michael. Alternative, Country, Hip-Hop, Rap, and More: Music from the 1980s to Today, p. 87. Britannica Educational Publishing, 2012. ISBN 9781615309108. Accessed November 8, 2017, "The group's original lineup consisted of Way, brother Michael James (Mikey) Way (born September 10, 1980, Newark, New Jersey) on bass, drummer Matt Pelissier, and guitarists Ray Toro
Ray Toro
(born July 15, 1977, in Kearny, New Jersey) and Frank Iero
Frank Iero
(born October 31, 1981, in Belleville, New Jersey)." ^ a b c Haydn, Reinhardt (2008). My Chemical Romance: This Band Will Save Your Life. London: Plexus Publishing Limited ^ Bryant, Tom. " My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
Interview". Kerrang!. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 1, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2012.  ^ Haydn, Reinhardt (2008). My Chemical Romance: This Band Will Save Your Life. London: Plexus Publishing Limited ^ " Ray Toro
Ray Toro
and Frank Iero
Frank Iero
get murdered...?". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXvMkPKaUWs ^ " My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
joined by Queen's Brian May
Brian May
at Reading Festival". NME. http://www.nme.com/news/my-chemical-romance/58869 ^ a b " My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
Interview with Gerard and Frank (03.05.2011)". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NviPfsowdfU ^ Toro, Ray. "#SINGITFORJAPAN". "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 1, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2012.  ^ "My Chemical Romance: 'Our new album won't just be a collection of songs'". NME. http://www.nme.com/news/my-chemical-romance/61780 ^ Bryant, Tom (June 12, 2014). "Life After My Chemical Romance: Exclusive Ray Toro
Ray Toro
Interview". Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved October 28, 2017.  ^ Kraus, Brian (May 24, 2013). " Ray Toro
Ray Toro
(ex-My Chemical Romance) posts new song, "Isn't That Something"". altpress. Retrieved October 28, 2017.  ^ raytoro [@raytoro] (25 May 2013). "I played everything. Sang everything. Recorded everything. Mixed everything. Myself" (Tweet) – via Twitter.  ^ " Frank Iero
Frank Iero
And Ray Toro
Ray Toro
(Ex-My Chemical Romance) To Appear On Reggie And The Full Effect Album". Alter The Press!. Retrieved October 28, 2017.  ^ Voltaire – Raised by Bats ^ Raised by Bats: A star-studded Gothrock album from Aurelio Voltaire ^ Weldon, Casey (January 4, 2015). "Former My Chemical Romance guitarist Ray Toro
Ray Toro
dedicates song to Leelah Alcorn". Archived from the original on September 13, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2017.  ^ "For The Lost And Brave". January 1, 2015.  ^ "'When I Heard About Her Death... I Knew It Was Time to Return' (Interview with Ray Toro)". Kerrang!. No. 1551. January 17, 2015. p. 6.  ^ Pettigrew, Jason. "MCR guitarist Ray Toro
Ray Toro
readies solo debut: Check out "Take The World" now". altpress. Retrieved October 28, 2017.  ^ Gracie, Bianca (November 7, 2016). "My Chemical Romance's Ray Toro Responds To Reunion Rumors". fuse.tv. Retrieved October 28, 2017.  ^ a b " Ray Toro
Ray Toro
of My Chemical Romance". seymourduncan.com.  ^ " Ray Toro
Ray Toro
of My Chemical Romance: Which players had the greatest influence on your musical style?". seymourduncan.com.  ^ " Ray Toro
Ray Toro
of My Chemical Romance: Have your listening tastes changed? Do you still listen to the music that influenced you when you started?". seymourduncan.com.  ^ " Ray Toro
Ray Toro
of My Chemical Romance: With older music, do you tend to pick out things you hadn't noticed before when you listen now?". seymourduncan.com.  ^ " Ray Toro
Ray Toro
of My Chemical Romance: When you had first heard these songs, was it on vinyl or CD? Most of the time you never could hear those very fine details as clearly on the original vinyl records as you could on remastered CDs, or even on the original version CDs". seymourduncan.com.  ^ "Interview My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
Ray Toro
Ray Toro
(part 1)". FaceCulture.  ^ http://www.teamrock.com/features/2014-06-12/life-after-my-chemical-romance-exclusive-ray-toro-interview# ^ "The Rodneys – Soccertown U.S.A." Discogs.com. hadituptohere1. Retrieved 30 March 2018.  ^ "The Rodneys - Soccertown U.S.A." mp3-track.com. Retrieved 30 March 2018. 

Notes[edit]

^ "Teen Titans" – Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
(2005-07-14)

External links[edit]

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My Chemical Romance

Bob Bryar James Dewees Frank Iero Matt Pelissier Ray Toro Gerard Way Mikey Way

Studio albums

I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge The Black Parade Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

Compilation albums

Conventional Weapons May Death Never Stop You The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts

Video albums

Life on the Murder Scene AOL Sessions The Black Parade
The Black Parade
Is Dead! ¡Venganza!

EPs

Like Phantoms, Forever Warped Tour Bootleg Series Live and Rare The Black Parade: The B-Sides The Mad Gear and Missile Kid

Singles

"Vampires Will Never Hurt You" "Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us" "Headfirst for Halos" "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" "Thank You for the Venom" "Helena" "Under Pressure" (with The Used) "The Ghost of You" "Welcome to the Black Parade" "Famous Last Words" "I Don't Love You" "Teenagers" "Desolation Row" "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" "The Only Hope for Me Is You" "Sing" "Planetary (Go!)" "The Kids from Yesterday"

Tours

Warped Tour 2005 Projekt Revolution The Black Parade
The Black Parade
World Tour The World Contamination Tour 10th Annual Honda Civic Tour

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