Over the years, Frank Iero has collected quite a few guitars during his time in My Chemical Romance, the Future Violents, Pencey Prep and other various projects. In fact, last year, Iero gave Ernie Ball an exclusive look at his extensive guitar collection while talking about his early days in My Chemical Romance and their disbandment in 2013.
Now, it looks like one of his guitars has ended up in the hands of Gary Holt. As it turns out, the guitarists have been friends for quite some time. Their growing friendship eventually led to Iero and Holt swapping guitars. On Tuesday, Holt took to Instagram to share the new ax Iero recently gifted him in the swap.
“Did a little guitar swap with my friend @frankieromustdie for this cool as fuck Ampeg Dan Armstrong, totally love it! Has this crazy slide in pickup mount that is just nuts! Frank called it the DeLorean of guitars and I think he’s right! Thanks bro! Gonna do a quick set up on it and take it for a spin.”
“It’s one of my all-time favorite records. Seriously. Fact. It’s a masterpiece….I think every song is amazing, it’s super ambitious, and I hear shade of Queen, Pink Floyd and Cheap Trick all over it.”
As for his favorite song off of the classic album? That’s an easy one.
This week, Frank Iero showed off his guitar skills, and viral blonde hair, in a new interview with Premier Guitar. During the interview, he explained how artists such as the Misfits and Black Flag have inspired him from a young age.
“I remember the second ‘Rise Above‘ came on, I was like ‘holy shit something’s going on here, something’s being played in a different mindset,’” he says. “It was just so off-kilter and artistic and had a hook to it, but the way it was being played was just so avant-garde.”
On Jan. 15, Frank Iero and The Future Violents debuted their new EP Heaven Is A Place, This Is A Place. Just before its release, Iero exclusively told Alternative Press if this new EP will be the last in the Future Violents collection.
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