Mikey Way

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Mikey Way
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Background information
Birth name Michael James Way
Born (1980-09-10) September 10, 1980 (age 34)
Kearny, New Jersey, United States
Origin Newark, New Jersey
Genres Alternative rock, pop punk, post-hardcore, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active 2001–present
Labels Reprise, Warner Bros., Eyeball
Associated acts My Chemical Romance, Electric Century
Notable instruments
Squier Mikey Way Mustang Bass, Fender Precision Bass

Michael James Way (born September 10, 1980) is an American musician and is the rhythm guitarist and keyboardist of Electric Century and also served as bassist of the band My Chemical Romance until their split in 2013.

Early life

Way was born September 1980 to Donna Lee (née Rush) and Donald Way. He has Italian ancestry on his mother's side and Scottish ancestry on his father's side. He was raised in Belleville, New Jersey alongside his brother Gerard Way. Growing up, he worked in a Barnes & Noble and later Eyeball Records. Both of these played major part in the formation of My Chemical Romance. Eyeball signed the band and released their debut record.

The first concert he ever went to was a Smashing Pumpkins concert with his brother. After seeing them perform he told him "we have to do this." He was asked to join My Chemical Romance, which involved him having to improve his bass skills in the space of a week. He has toured with From First To Last.

Adult Life and Career

Way joined american rock band My Chemical Romance in 2001 with his brother Gerard Way. Way suggested the bands name after he read the book Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance[1] When way joined the band he had to improve his bass skills in lest then a week. [2] My Chemical Romance released their second album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge on June 8, 2004.[3] My Chemical Romances third album The Black Parade was released on October 24, 2006. [4]My Chemical Romances fourth and final studio album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. [5] The band announced their breakup on March 22, 2013. [6]

For over a year after the break up of My Chemical Romance, Way remained band less until he announced a new project with Sleep Station and New London Fire member, David Debiak. The band released their first song "I Lied" in February 2014.[7] In November 2014 Way opened up on his addiction to Alternative Press. [8]

Nearly a year later the band released a second song titled "Let You Get Away" and announced a vinyl only self title EP that was to be released on record store day. [9] [10]

Discography

My Chemical Romance
With Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Frank Iero and James Dewees
  • Hell Hath No Fury – (2012)
Electric Century

References

  1. ^ "11 Things You Didn’t know about My Chemical Romance". Kerrang!. 
  2. ^ Matthew Parker. "Mikey Way talks bass heroes, 'Bowie moments' and his signature Squier". musicradar.com. 
  3. ^ Johnny Loftus. "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge - My Chemical Romance - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  4. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  5. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys - My Chemical Romance - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  6. ^ "My Chemical Romance Break Up". Rolling Stone. 
  7. ^ "Electric Century - "I Lied" (SONG PREMIERE) - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. 
  8. ^ http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/mikey_way_addiction_rehab_treatment_my_chemical_romance_electric_century
  9. ^ "Electric Century Release New Song "Let You Get Away"". Blast Out Your Stereo. 
  10. ^ "Electric Century (ex-MCR) to release exclusive EP". idobi.com. 

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