/ ’cause I’m gonna string this motherfucker on fire.”) Onstage, assuming they were able to stumble up to it, the pair were complementary as well: two stringy suburban weirdos peddling punk uplift bruised and blackened with mascara and talk of murder.There were differences, though, too, and these were key to everything that followed.Raised in Belleville, New Jersey, alongside brother Mikey Way, he first began singing publicly in the fourth grade, when he played the role of Peter Pan in a school musical production.
He went to a Catholic school growing up, and later went to Rutgers University on a scholarship, but dropped out to go on tour with My Chemical Romance. Iero's parents split when he was young and he grew up living with his mother, Linda, 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.Seeing the effects of the attacks first-hand prompted Way to change his views on life in the following weeks. I've gotta make a difference.'" Soon after, My Chemical Romance began to assemble as a band.He told Spin magazine, "I literally said to myself, 'Fuck art. 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".I was fleeing a blizzard on the East Coast and profiling the Used, an up-and-coming screamo band from Utah whose singer, the maniacally disheveled Bert Mc Cracken, was in the news for dating, then dumping, Kelly Osbourne.Gerard’s band, My Chemical Romance, was opening for the Used at the time and he and Mc Cracken were well on their way to forming a chemical-based bromance of their own.