My Chemical Romance's Frank Iero Gives First Interview Since Bus Crash
The Emo icon opened up about he and his band's near death experience last October...
In October 2015 My Chemical Romance’s Frank Iero and his bandmates were involved in a life-threatening bus crash while on tour over in Australia. Speaking to MTV News, Frank has given his first interview since the devastating incident, opening up about what happened on that day and how it has affected him since.
The incident occurred before his new band, Frank Iero and the Patience, were due to do a live session at a local Twitter office in Australia. Iero, his brother-in-law and guitarist Evan Nestor; his drummer, Matt Olsson; his manager, Paul Clegg; and his publicist were unloading at the office building when a public bus collided with them as they stood outside the vehicle.
Speaking about the incident for the first time he told MTV News: “The amount of HD-clarity that transpired in the next few moments is engraved in my memory, I can remember every second, every action, every sound. I had this little briefcase pedal board that I had been carrying around with me. I put that down and I turned around to say to Evan and Paul, ‘I think I’m just going to take the tuner out of here.’ I said, ‘I think’ — that’s all I got out of my mouth.”
He compares the moment of impact to a particularly painful childhood sports memory: “Right before high school, a couple of friends [had] this pickup game of football. The only other kids at the park at the time were these really big high school kids who wanted to play us so they could beat the shit out of us. I remember being tackled from behind. That’s exactly what it felt like.”
He told MTV News what happened next and how after a brief moment of uncertainty, Iero realised that he and his band mates had been hit by a bus. He said: “I ended up underneath the bumper of this massive vehicle. From my vantage point, I could only see Evan, and I could hear Paul. I thought whoever I couldn’t see or hear had to be dead, and if they weren’t dead yet, then we all would be soon.”
Iero credits his survival to “an enormous rugsack” that he was wearing at the time of the crash. He added: “There’s no doubt in my mind that it saved me. The way I got hit, it hooked on underneath the bumper and lodged me between the curb and the bus.” The bus dragged Iero along the curb for about 10 feet before coming to a stop, at which point the band’s publicist was able to pull their van forward and release Iero, Nestor, and Clegg.
“Paul collapsed into the trunk. Evan fell down onto the ground and said, ‘I can’t feel my legs!’ I got out of that rucksack, got my coat, and put it under his head and held him. That’s when I saw the puddle of blood coming from Paul’s injuries. It was the brightest red I’d ever seen. I couldn’t tell where it was coming from.”
You can read MTV News’ full interview with Frank Iero here.
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