RAYMOND "RAY" TORO (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 Early life * 2 Music career * 3 Influences * 4 Personal life
* 5 Discography
* 5.1 The Rodneys
My Chemical Romance
Reggie and the Full Effect
* 6 Production discography * 7 References * 8 Notes * 9 External links
Toro was born July 15, 1977 in
Kearny, New Jersey
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.
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
Wayne, New Jersey
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".
Rodney's frontman Shawn Dillon is credited with introducing Toro to
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. After Gerard's younger brother
In 2007, Toro appeared as himself in the slasher/horror/comedy movie
Punk Rock Holocaust 2, with bandmate
Especially since My Chemical Romance's third album
The Black Parade
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. 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.
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.
Later in 2013 Toro joined
On January 1, 2015 he posted a new song, titled "For the Lost and
Brave", on his website, mentioning
On November 18, 2016 Toro released his debut album, Remember the Laughter, after recording it primarily at his home since 2013.
Toro has cited heavy metal guitarist Randy Rhoads and hard rock musician Brian May as his two biggest influences. As a teenager he was a big fan of 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." Later he began to listen to classical guitarist Andrés Segovia and Christopher Parkening . He admitted to be 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.
Despite declaring to be a "music snob" when it comes to new artists, he praised Muse 's work. 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.
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. Becoming Toro's gateway into guitar playing and introducing him
to bands like
Toro married Christa in November 2008, during My Chemical Romance's
The Black Parade
Soccertown, USA (Sell Out Records) – 1998
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
See also: My Chemical Romance discography
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
REGGIE AND THE FULL EFFECT
* No Country for Old Musicians (Pure Noise Records, 2013)
* 2011 – 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)
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