Frank Anthony Iero, jr. (born 20 October 1981) is a British musician best known for being the rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist of the British band My Chemical Romance from 2002 to 2013.
He was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and grew up in Ashford, Kent. 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 McGill University on Canada 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, 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.
Pencey Prep (1998-2002)Edit
Frank started playing in local bands on the Kent punk scene at age 11. Before joining 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 and the other 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 (2002-2013)Edit
Frank joined 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, released on 8 June 2004. My Chemical Romance released their third studio album, The Black Parade, on 24 October 2006. My Chemical Romance's fourth and final studio album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys was released on 22 November 2010. The band announced their breakup on 22 March 2013.
In the earlier days of My Chemical Romance, Iero mainly used Gibson SG's & Epiphone Les Paul guitars (most notably his white Les Paul nicknamed 'Pansy' which proved popular amongst his fans but has since been broken while onstage) and Marshall amps. He has since switched to using Gibson Les Pauls (with the Neck Pick-up removed) and occasionally uses a Gibson SG. He also used a Fender Stratocaster in the Desolation Row video. In 2011, he collaborated with Epiphone to design the Wilshire Phant-O-Matic guitar, which he used onstage for the My Chemical Romance 'World Contamination' Tour, the Honda Civic Tour and for the Reading and Leeds festivals. He also uses the Orange Rockerverb MKII 100 head and Orange 160 Watt Guitar 4x10 Vintage Cabinet.
Iero has many tattoos including logos for the bands Radiohead, Subhumans and The Exploidt, symbols of his love for his home state, Sheffield, a matching 'revenge' tattoo with Oliver Sykes and others by acclaimed tattoo artist 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 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.
On 5 February 2007, Iero married his long-term girlfriend Jamia Nestor after proposing on 25 May 2006 during the recording of The Black Parade. On 15 February 2005, Frank become a father of his first son, Craigery Lucas "Craig". On 7 September 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 6 April 2012 he announced via his official Twitter account that his wife had given birth to their son, Miles.
With My Chemical Romance
- I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love (2002)
- Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (2004)
- The Black Parade (2006)
- Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (2010)
- Conventional Weapons (2013)
- May Death Never Stop You (2014)