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Frank Iero teaches daughter to play ‘The Black Parade’ track on bass

Frank Iero is proving music runs in the family as daughter Cherry learns to play the bass with My Chemical Romance classic “Welcome To The Black Parade.”

March 23, 2020
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Like many, My Chemical Romance have settled in for weeks of social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Mikey Way has accepted the “See 10, Do 10” push-up challenge on Instagram, and Frank Iero is spending some quality time with his pup and family.

Iero took to social media Sunday to share a sweet video where he’s teaching one of his twin daughters Cherry how to play the bass. Just like Mikey gifting his own daughter her first guitar over the summer, music seems to runs in all of the MCR families.

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In the post, Iero reveals he was “shocked” when Cherry said she wanted to learn how to play the bass. Making the moment even sweeter, the MCR guitarist left the song choice up to her, and she opted for “Welcome To The Black Parade.” Cherry strums along as Iero coaches her with his iconic Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge era Pansy guitar hangs in the background.

“Cherry shocked me this week when she told me she wants to learn to play bass, so rad!!! he writes in the post. “Here’s a little footage from her first lesson. i told her we could try and learn whatever song she wanted… so armed with a @mikeyway signature @fender Mustang and her uncle @tipgiblets sweet pea pick she chose Welcome to the Black Parade ?? #dreamcometrue”

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This isn’t the first time Iero has shown off his family’s musical skills either. Back in January 2014, the guitarist teamed up with Cherry and twin sister Lily for “B.F.F.,” a collaborative single where all proceeds went to a college fund for the twins and his son Miles.

Iero recently revealed if he could only play one song for the rest of his life, it would be the family matchup.

“Best Friends Forever, I think,” he say. “It’s true, though! It’s really special to me. It’s a song that started with my daughters singing to each other, to kind of, like, make each other mad, and we turned it into something that was really great. And they were young when this all started! It’s so amazing to me.

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“First off, I’m, like, amazed that I’m this lucky that I get to be their dad,” he continues. “It blows my mind. I get to be around them, and experience the people that they are, from day zero to however long I’ll be around. That, to me, is amazing. And I got to see the inherent weirdness—the inherent weirdness is the best part of human beings. I don’t know if you guys know that, but there’s a moment—hopefully it lasts longer than a moment—where they don’t learn to be weird from anyone else. It’s just them! It’s this pure soul strangeness.

“To see that dissipate, to see that go, is so heartbreaking. You know that eventually, they’re going to do something at school, and someone’s going to say, ‘You’re fucking weird,’ and they’re going to think, ‘Oh, shit, I should never do that again.’ But you hope that it lasts forever, because it makes the world such a brighter place. My daughter Lily built a teddy bear for this one little girl because she thought she needed a teddy bear, and I was like, ‘Who ARE you?’

“I play it at every show. Even if it’s not in the set, it’s our soundcheck. It’s my good luck charm.”

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My Chemical Romance have postponed their Japan, Australia and New Zealand dates amid coronavirus concerns. As of now, MCR’s second show of their return will be in Cornwall U.K. June 16 ahead of a three-day sold out stint in Milton Keynes.

A full list of all of their 2020 tour dates is below with the postponed gigs in bold.


03/20 – Melbourne, AU @ Melbourne Showgrounds (Download Melbourne) *POSTPONED*
03/21 – Sydney, AU @ Parramatta Park (Download Sydney) *POSTPONED*
03/25 – Western Springs, NZ @ The Outer Fields at Western Springs *POSTPONED*
03/28 – Osaka, JP @ INTEX Osaka *POSTPONED*
03/29 – Download Japan @ Makuhari Messe Event Hall *POSTPONED*

06/16 – Cornwall, UK @ Eden Project
06/18 – Milton Keynes, UK @Stadium MK (SOLD OUT)
06/20 – Milton Keynes, UK @ Stadium MK (SOLD OUT)
06/21 – Milton Keynes, UK @ Stadium MK (SOLD OUT)
06/23 – Dublin, IE @ Royal Hospital Kilmainham
07/01 – Sopron, HU @ Volt Festival
07/03 – Prague, CZ @ Prague Rocks
07/04 – Bologna, IT @ Sonic Park Fest
07/06 – Bonn, DE @ KUNST!RASEN (SOLD OUT)
07/07 – Bonn, DE @ KUNST!RASEN
07/11 – Moscow, RU @ Gorky Park
07/13 – St. Petersburg, RU @ Ice Palace

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09/09 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena (SOLD OUT)
09/11 – St Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center (SOLD OUT)
09/12 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
09/14 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena (SOLD OUT)
09/15 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden (SOLD OUT)
09/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center (SOLD OUT)
09/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center (SOLD OUT)
09/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown
09/22 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center (SOLD OUT)
09/23 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center (SOLD OUT)
09/26 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center (SOLD OUT)
09/29 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center (SOLD OUT)
09/30 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center (SOLD OUT)

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10/02 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center (SOLD OUT)
10/04 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome (SOLD OUT)
10/06 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena (SOLD OUT)
10/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum (SOLD OUT)
10/10 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival
10/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena (SOLD OUT)
10/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum (SOLD OUT)
10/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum (SOLD OUT)
10/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum (SOLD OUT)

Written by Rachel Campbell