Michael James Way, better known as Mikey Way, is an American musician and actor born on September 10, 1980. Way is best known as the bassist of the rock band, ‘My Chemical Romance’ and a vocalist of ‘Electric Century.’ His successful career goes back to 2001, and he’s gained fame and recognition for his talents. Way is an amazing musician and performer, so join us as we celebrate his special day today!
Michael James Way is a celebrated American bassist and band member with a huge fan base. He was born on September 10, 1980, and his birthplace is Newark, New Jersey. His parents, Donna Lee and Donald Way are Scottish and Irish. Way is a Virgo and was raised in Belleville, New Jersey. Way worked in a retail outlet and later at Eyeball Records, which later signed his band, ‘My Chemical Romance.’ His interest in music sparked at his first concert ever, which was by Smashing Pumpkins. He wanted to pursue music after this concert.
In 2001, Way became part of the American rock band, My Chemical Romance. He had to improve his skills on the bass guitar in less than a week. The band signed with Eyeball Records and released their debut album, “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love,” in 2002. By 2004, their second studio album, “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge,” was released. The band released one more album before their fourth and final studio album in November 2010. The album was called “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.” Way collaborated with Squier while on tour to release his eponymous Fender Mustang Bass. A few years later, My Chemical Romance announced their split in March 2013 but later reunited in 2019 for a tour. After the band broke up, Way formed Electric Century with David Debiak. They released their first song as a duo in February 2014 called ‘Sleep Nation.’ By 2015, Electric Century released their debut eponymous EP, while their debut studio album, “For the Night to Control,” was released in February 2016.
Electric Century released their self-titled second studio album in February 2021 and has done several tours. Asides from music, Way is a great actor who made his acting debut in 2013 on “The Aquabats! Super Show!”. He also voiced Snarl in the animated series “Transformers: Power of the Primes.” Way has a very successful career. With the wealth, fame, and success, he shares every bit of it with his wife, Kristin Colby, and their two daughters.
He joins the band ‘My Chemical Romance’ as their bassist.
My Chemical Romance releases their debut studio album titled, “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love.”
The band releases their fourth and final studio album.
My Chemical Romance announces their disbandment.
Way starts a new band, ‘Electric City,’ with David Debiak.
Way makes his voice acting debut in “Transformers: Power of the Primes” as Snarl.
Why We Love Mikey Way
As a bassist, singer, writer, and actor, Way is talented. His performances move people to feel energized and revitalized.
He advocates for mental health
Way has been a mental health advocate for over two years. He often posts about the cause on his social media.
He creates awareness for addiction
Addiction awareness helps in its combat. By sharing his experience and struggles with drugs and alcohol, Way creates awareness of the problem.
5 Surprising Facts
He worked at Barnes & Noble
Most celebrities worked normal jobs before fame, and for Way, it was at Barnes & Noble.
He suggested the band name
Way suggested the name, My Chemical Romance after reading “Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance.”
He struggles with sobriety
Way went to rehab in 2014 and has remained sober since then, but he often speaks of his struggles with addiction and sobriety.
He’s been divorced
Alicia Simmons was Way’s first wife, whom he married in 2007 and divorced in 2013.
Joe Rogan is his cousin
Way and UFC Champion and Podcaster Rogan are cousins.
Mikey Way FAQs
When did Mikey Way get married?
Way got married the second time on March 7, 2016.
Are Mikey Way and Gerard Way brothers?
Yes, the two are brothers.
Why did My Chemical Romance break up?
The band split because they didn’t feel needed anymore.
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