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Bob Bryar
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Bryar performing in February 2007
Background information
Birth nameRobert Nathaniel Corey Bryar
Born (1979-12-31) December 31, 1979 (age 38)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S. [1]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • sound engineer
Instruments
  • Drums
  • percussion
Years active2004–2014
Labels
Associated acts

Robert Nathaniel Corey "Bob" Bryar (born December 31, 1979) [1] is an American musician, best known as the drummer of the rock band My Chemical Romance. The longest tenured and last official drummer, he performed in the band from 2004 until his departure in 2010.

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily on the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

My Chemical Romance American pop punk group

My Chemical Romance (MCR) was an American rock band from Newark, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. The band's best-known lineup consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar, accompanied by keyboardist James Dewees. Founded by Gerard, Mikey, Toro, and Matt Pelissier, the band signed to Eyeball Records and released their debut album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, in 2002. They signed with Reprise Records the next year and released their major label debut, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, in 2004. Shortly after the album's release, Pelissier was replaced by Bob Bryar. A commercial success, the album was awarded platinum status over a year later.

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Bryar joined the band replacing former drummer Matt Pelissier shortly after the release of their second studio album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge in 2004. He performed on all of the subsequent releases in support of the album, as well as the band's commercially successful concept album, The Black Parade (2006). Despite suffering numerous injuries while on tour, Bryar continued to tour with the band and joined them in the studio to record their fourth studio album before departing from My Chemical Romance in 2010. His most recent contribution was performing on the band's final release before their break-up in 2013, Conventional Weapons .

<i>Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge</i> 2004 studio album by My Chemical Romance

Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge is the second studio album by American rock band My Chemical Romance, released on June 8, 2004 by Reprise Records. With this album, the band produced a cleaner sound than that of their 2002 debut I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. It was the band's final release to feature drummer Matt Pelissier, who would later be replaced by Bob Bryar.

Concept album album with a theme

A concept album is an album in which its tracks hold a larger purpose or meaning collectively than they do individually. This is typically achieved through a single central narrative or theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, or lyrical. Sometimes the term is applied to albums considered to be of "uniform excellence" rather than an LP with an explicit musical or lyrical motif. The exact criterion for a "concept album" varies among critics, with no discernible consensus.

<i>The Black Parade</i> 2006 studio album by My Chemical Romance

The Black Parade is the third studio album by American rock band My Chemical Romance. Released on October 23, 2006, through Reprise Records, it was produced by Rob Cavallo, known for having produced multiple albums for Goo Goo Dolls and Green Day. It is a rock opera centering on a dying character with cancer known as "The Patient". The album tells the story of his apparent death, experiences in the afterlife, and subsequent reflections on his life.

Early life

Bryar was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 31, 1979. He started playing drums at a young age, performing in his school's marching and jazz bands. After graduation, Bryar studied for a degree in sound engineering at a school in Florida. [1]

Marching band company of instrumental musicians

A marching band is a group in which instrumental musicians perform while marching, often for entertainment or competition. Instrumentation typically includes brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. Most marching bands wear a uniform, often of a military style, that includes an associated organization's colors, name or symbol. Most high school marching bands, and some college marching bands, are accompanied by a color guard, a group of performers who add a visual interpretation to the music through the use of props, most often flags, rifles, and sabres.

Jazz band musical ensemble that plays jazz music

A jazz band is a musical ensemble that plays jazz music. Jazz bands vary in the quantity of its members and the style of jazz that they play but it is common to find a jazz band made up of a rhythm section and a horn section.

Florida State of the United States of America

Florida is the southernmost contiguous state in the United States. The state is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by Alabama, to the north by Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida. Florida is the 22nd-most extensive, the 3rd-most populous, and the 8th-most densely populated of the U.S. states. Jacksonville is the most populous municipality in the state and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. The Miami metropolitan area is Florida's most populous urban area. Tallahassee is the state's capital.

Career

My Chemical Romance (2004–2010)

In 2000, Bryar began working as a touring sound engineer for rock bands including The Used and Thrice. [1] During this time, he befriended My Chemical Romance while the band was on tour with The Used in 2004. Bryar became the drummer for My Chemical Romance after the band's tour in Japan, [2] officially replacing former drummer Matt Pelissier shortly after the release of the band's second studio album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (2004). [3]

The Used American rock band formed in Orem, Utah

The Used is an American rock band formed in Orem, Utah, in 2001. The group consists of vocalist Bert McCracken, bassist Jeph Howard, drummer Dan Whitesides, and guitarist Joey Bradford.

Thrice American rock band from Irvine, California, formed in 1998

Thrice is an American rock band from Irvine, California, formed in 1998. The group was founded by guitarist/vocalist Dustin Kensrue and guitarist Teppei Teranishi while they were in high school.

Japan Constitutional monarchy in East Asia

Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south.

Bryar was featured in all of the music videos for Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (except the first version of the video for "I'm Not Okay"; he was featured in the second version), and also performed on all of the subsequent releases in support of the album including Life on the Murder Scene and ¡Venganza! . Bryar performed on My Chemical Romance's third studio album The Black Parade (2006). The album was favored by music critics and was a commercial success, being awarded double platinum status in the United Kingdom and the United States. Bryar and lead vocalist Gerard Way were injured during the filming of the music video for "Famous Last Words" directed by Samuel Bayer, with Bryar suffering third-degree burns on his hands and legs after he caught fire when he was too close to the flames. [4] [5] Their injuries caused the band to cancel their performance at the San Diego Street Scene festival. [5] [6] A month later, the band missed two tour dates after Bryar was hospitalized with a staph infection also caused during the filming of the music video. [4] The band released a statement two days later, apologizing for cancelling shows, stating that they "want to be by his side the whole time". [7] [8] When the band went on The Black Parade World Tour in support of the album in February 2007, he began having complications in his wrist in November, causing the band to cancel their show in Maine. In response to his recent injuries, Bryar apologized on the band's MySpace, explaining that he has had problems with his wrist "over the past few years", and that he received a "golf ball-sized lump" in his wrist and began to "lose control and feeling in [his] fingers". [9] He sat out for the tour and the band continued with Pete Parada as his temporary replacement. [10] Although Bryar was unable to perform, he continued to tour with the band and assist with pyrotechnics and returned for the last leg of the tour in January 2008. [11]

Im Not Okay (I Promise) single

"I'm Not Okay " is the lead single and fifth track from My Chemical Romance's second studio album, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. "I'm Not Okay " was released to radio on September 28, 2004.

<i>Life on the Murder Scene</i> 2006 live album by My Chemical Romance

Life on the Murder Scene is a live album by American rock band My Chemical Romance. It was released on March 21, 2006. The release includes three discs of the whole history documenting the band from the start to the present. Life on the Murder Scene is a predominantly live album, but also includes two demo tracks and a previously unreleased track. Models Jamisin Matthews and Jaime Andrews portray the demolition couple in the cover photo, booklet, packaging, DVD art, and DVD menus. The demo of "Bury me in Black" was previously released as a bonus track on the Japanese release of Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge.

<i>¡Venganza!</i> video album released by rock band My Chemical Romance

¡Venganza! is a video album released by American rock band My Chemical Romance. It is the second part of the concert in Mexico City, Mexico on October 7, 2007, and a follow-up to the previous DVD The Black Parade Is Dead!. These videos are stored on a bullet-shaped USB drive, along with photos from the show. The flash drive is only available with a Revenge-style vest. Some photos of the Venganza show appear in the booklet for The Black Parade is Dead!.

My Chemical Romance reentered the studio in 2009 to record their fourth studio album with producer Brendan O'Brien. On July 31 and August 1, they played two "secret" shows at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, performing unreleased material from their upcoming album, including a song titled "Death Before Disco". [12]

Brendan O'Brien is a record producer, mixer, engineer, and musician. He has worked with such artists as Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Zucchero Fornaciari, Soundgarden, Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine, The Black Crowes, Incubus, Train, The Killers, Seether, Kansas, King's X, The Offspring, Korn, The Fray, Wolfmother, Gaslight Anthem, Mastodon, Third Day, Lifehouse, Pantera, and My Chemical Romance.

On March 3, 2010, rhythm guitarist Frank Iero announced on their official website that Bryar had departed from the band, writing:

"As of 4 weeks ago, My Chemical Romance and Bob Bryar parted ways. This was a painful decision for all of us to make and was not taken lightly. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and expect you all to do the same." [2] [13] [14] [15]

Post-My Chemical Romance (2010–present)

After Bryar's departure, the band released their fourth studio album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys in 2010 with Bryar being credited on writing five songs including the singles "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" and "The Only Hope for Me Is You". [16]

The band released Conventional Weapons , a compilation album consisting of ten unreleased songs that were recorded in 2009 prior to Bryar's departure and the making of Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, all of which include Bryar performing drums. They released two songs each month from October 2012 to February 2013. [17] [18]

On October 2, 2014, Bryar announced his departure from music, subsequently becoming a real estate agent. [19] In February 2015 (almost two years after My Chemical Romance broke up in March 2013 [20] ), Bryar commented on his departure from the band on Twitter. He stated that since he was "kicked out" in 2010, he "became the most depressed, angry, suicidal, saddest person ever". He also announced his interest in returning to music. [21] [22] [23]

On July 20, 2016, My Chemical Romance posted on their official Twitter and Facebook pages a video with the piano intro from "Welcome to the Black Parade", ending with a cryptic date, "9/23/16". [24] [25] The video was also published on the band's YouTube channel with the video titled "MCRX". [26] This led to numerous rumors and reports on the band's possible reunion until it was revealed to be a reissue of The Black Parade with unreleased demos. [27] [28] [29] The reissue, titled The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts , [30] includes 11 demos and live tracks. [31] In September 2016, Bryar was featured in an exclusive interview with Alternative Press to promote the new album. In his first interview since departing from the band, Bryar recalled multiple memories of recording and touring The Black Parade. [32]

Discography

My Chemical Romance

  1. Conventional Weapons consisted of ten songs total, with the band releasing two songs each month from October 2012 to February 2013.

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