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Michael James Way was born in Newark, New Jersey. [1] Mikey and his older brother, Gerard, are maternal second cousins of Joe Rogan, host of the NBC show Fear Factor and former cast member of the sitcom News Radio.[1]

He is also responsible for the creation of the band's name, which he took from the book Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance, by Irvine Welsh, while working at a Barnes and Noble bookstore in Clifton, New Jersey.[1]

Early on in My Chemical Romance's career, it was said that Way learned bass in order to be able to play in the band, which lacked a bassist at the time[1]. But during interviews with Way in their DVD release, Life on the Murder Scene, Mikey claims that he had been an amateur musician since he was young and was in bands as a bassist before MCR. He plays a Highway one Precision Bass and a Fender Standard Precision Bass, among others.

On March 7th 2007, Mikey married his fiancee Alicia Simmons, 23, backstage at the Orleans Arena, Las Vegas after the band's show. The couple were married by James Dewees of Reggie and The Full Effect, who was ordained as a minister in order to perform the ceremony. His brother Gerard was his best man, since there were rules preventing him from having all the other band members as his best men.

On April 23, 2007, it was announced that Mikey would temporarily leave My Chemical Romance to spend time with Alicia. Gerard said on My Chemical Romance's website that

"The band has decided to give him and his wife a much needed break from the road to start a life and have a proper honeymoon and do all the things a newly-wed couple should do. I'm very proud to announce my brother's recent marriage. Watching him grow up into a man and finding love makes me the happiest brother alive. I know this is upsetting news, as it is for us, but we will continue to tour with a temporary replacement until he has situated himself in his new life."

Mikey's temporary replacement was Matt Cortez, a guitar technician, and friend of the band.

On 29 August 2007, at a Projekt Revolution show, Gerard announced Mikey was back. He was then later seen after the show by fans, they claim to have seen Gerard and Mikey hug as a welcome back.

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