Interview with Frank from New Zealand 06.12.2007 (part II)

22. ledna 2008 v 16:41 | Love.Halloween |  Frank Iero
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We all needed some time to gather our thoughts after these serious words…

When you take your well deserved break and have your first full day off, what will be the first thing you do?
F: *chuckles* Nothing. I would do nothing. Absolutely nothing.
L: Would you get out of bed?
F: No. *laughs* Yesterday I spend the whole day in bed and I loved it. It was great. I didn't do anything at all, all day. I just laid in bed and watched movies and read books.
L: Which movies?
F: *thinks* I watched the new Harry Potter. I watched Fearless, this Jet Lee movie. *giggles* God, I watched like five movies. Prom Night. Ehm, I watched *whispers* "Ah, damn…" Old Boy and… I don't remember.
L: You fell asleep during fifth movie?
F: Yeah, probably. *giggles*

When you were learning to play guitar where you completely self taught, or did you have lessons of some form?
F: I did have some lessons. I think having a couple of lessons are pregnant to opening your mind to the instrument and really getting to know how the instrument works. What I think you should do, when starting an instrument, is: take some lessons, get to know the basics of it and then stop and then just start a band. Do something. Learn a couple of chords, start writing songs. Next, once you really have a love for it and get bitten by the bug, go back to lessons, and start to relearn all the correct ways.
I think that unless you find it on your own and explore it on your own you not gonna have that long lasting love with it. At least that is just the way I feel.
L: How about Ray and Mikey? Did they take lessons?
F: I don't know! I think Ray had lessons from his brother, I don't know if he actually had real lessons. Mikey was thought by us, to basically start the band. He did play guitar before that.

Gerard has always stated that when the time is right he would let the band die. Do you think with all the tragedy that has happened with this album that it might be a sign for the band to finish or do you think you just need a well desired hiatus?
F: I don't know…
L: Though question.
F: It is a though question… I think I would be lying there weren't times you thought, like - "alright, you know, maybe it should end." We've done so much, what else is there to do?
L: Ending at a high peak?
F: Yeah. You know, just let it, like fucking... *silence* ... die… Kill it right now… But... then you sit down and there is so much more you wanna say and there is so much more that you wanna write. I don't think I am finished... maybe it is selfish, but I am not finished with this band. I don't wanna stop writing with these guys. It doesn't feel like we're done.
It does feels we're done for this record. We went through a lot, doing this record, and we toured really heavy on it and it is definitely at a point where we don't wanna do it anymore, but that doesn't necessarily mean that we don't wanna do the band anymore.
L: Is it different since you stripped down the costumes and said you were done with The Black Parade?
F: *laughs* It is! I think we thought it was going to be a lot different, almost like a breath of fresh air. The Black Parade is over and maybe we still feel we can continue doing this with not having that over our heads. It felt better for a while, but now we're still on the grind. We really just wanna go home and write new songs, experience life for a little while and I think we definitely need to do that. The sooner, the better.

Do you guys have any influence on where you are touring and why didn't you go to certain parts of the world yet?
F: Unfortunately the touring and booking of shows is very monetary. If you can go to these places and stay afloat and if the money is able to support the tour that goes over there, anything can happen.
Before I was in a major touring band I never knew all the stuff that went into that. End of story. You got into your van, bought a couple of cabinets, you set it up and you play. That's the way I always did it. But now, it is so much more, you know, the venues and stages and the pyro and lightning and this and that. It's incredible. To be able to support the people that are on the road with you and even when you are not on the road, to keep them afloat in their lives. It's turning into a community of people with their lives depending on the touring of this band. So, unfortunately, you can't go to everywhere you ever wanted to go. Until you can go somewhere and actually stay afloat and put on a show there, there needs to be a want for you to go there, there needs to be people that will go and see you. Unfortunately you can't go, let's say half way around the world, and play for 10 kids.
L: I know, but for example; South America has a big fanbase and you guys never went there...
F: I know! And actually that's why we've planned on extending our tour to January and February. That's the thing. We never wanna not go places and that's why we have never taken time of. You know? It's been crazy. So many places that we wanna go and go back to... It makes you head spin. It really does.

In times of doubt or confusion, would you follow your heart or your head?
F: I gotta go with my heart.

What is your favorite tradition from your childhood, that you would love to pass on if you were to ever have children?
F: Halloween. It's my favorite holiday. My parents always made it a big thing, because it was also my birthday and stuff so. That is the one holiday that is going to be huge for my kids.

Most tour buses cooking facilities don't range beyond a microwave - or grill at best - so what do you usually survive on while on tour, aside from coffee and red bull?
F: Cereal. Lot's of cereal. Peanut butter and jelly is huge for us, we're huge peanut butter and jelly eaters. I can make anything in a toaster oven. So as long as I have a toaster oven, I am good.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you on tour during the last year?
F: Oh man! Everything that has been funny has been very tragic. *giggles* I think it is funny how tragic the last year of touring has been.

What is the one song you've written that you're kind of embarrassed to play because you've grown out of it?
F: Oh man... In writing Jetset (The Jetset Life Is Gonna Kill You ) there is a double chorus in the middle of it that we, when we started with it, didn't want to do. But we were working with Howard Vincent and he was like - "No, no, no, you have to put a double chorus in there!" Though we really didn't like it. Listening back to it, we thought - "Ah, alright, we see how it works". Next we put it out there and then maybe a month later we were like - "Fuck! That double chorus sucks!". *giggles* So every time we play it now, we are like - "I don't wanna do this chorus again". That is the one song that sticks out.

When you write a song that is very personal, are you able to separate the song and the emotion afterwards and if so when?
F: It's weird. Having an emotion and writing a song about it is very cathartic, you know, because you get it out, but then you have to relive it every time, because you play it again. Sometimes the emotion leaves when you just first get it out and you write it. Sometimes it takes a couple of years playing through it. Sometimes the song takes a meaning of its own, because it's almost like living and breathing. Because all you songs are like, your children. You feel so passionate about them.
L: You should be, as you are playing them every night.
F: Exactly, that is the thing. You make a mistake writing that, or raising that child, you have to hear it every night. *giggles* You know what I mean? But each song is different. There is no rule or a straight answer to that question. Sorry.

Obviously as a band, you're around one another basically all the time and you know the others inside and out. What qualities in each other do you most admire and cherish?
F: Let's see. Mikey Way is probably one of the funniest and most random people I've ever met, but he's so kind-hearted and the way he cares about his family is very simple and just straight up, but I think that is the same with everybody in this band.
Bob Bryar is very... *pauses* very intelligent about things and the way things work... And he's very cut 'n' dry. Sometimes people will say - "Cut 'n' dry people are easy to offend," but sometimes you need to hear it. You know, very straight. I think that is greatest thing about that kid, because you always know where you stand. And he's very matter of fact about things, and I love that about him.
Gerard... is very sensitive, but very, very, very smart. And sometimes you don't always see it, 'cause he's not book-smart, he's just idealist, he's like a genius. And like his brother, very kind.
And Ray Toro... is... the dad. He's everybody's dad. He's very concerned with how people are doing and that you are save and happy and playing to the best of your ability and he's the band dad. So he holds everything together. I think, him and Bob are like the mom and dad. The backbones. I guess, me, Mikey and Gerard are the kids. Yeah, that is about right.

And that is a wrap. After answering your questions, we gave him a drink called 'Frank' with the punch line - "A damn good drink." Frank asked me whether it was poisoned, after which he opened it and drank it. He loved it. He thanked you all for being there and after that left with yet another thick printed question book. That's right - all your questions got printed again and handed over to the band.

Until the next forum interview!

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