Frank Iero knows a thing or two about showmanship, for the first decade of the 21st century, Iero was the lead guitarist of the emo icons My Chemical Romance, one of the biggest bands of the last 20 years. MCR split in 2013 and the band’s members have each gone their own paths. Iero has been the most active since the spilt, playing with different solo projects, the latest being “Frank Iero and the Patience.” Frank Iero released his second solo album, his first under the “Frank Iero and the Patience” moniker in October of last year. Iero and his band had embarked on a tour in support of the album, before a serious tour bus accident derailed the tour and threatened the lives of Iero and his bandmates.
After surviving and getting back on track, Iero and the Patience are currently on the road in the US catching up on dates cancelled after the accident. Recently Iero swung by The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA where a near packed house of loyal fans awaited. Some fans had camped outside the venue since early in the morning just to get a spot up close. After a very enthusiastic and political punk rock set from solo acoustic singer “Homeless Gospel Choir” Iero and his band took the Sinclair stage, to rousing cheers.
Frank Iero and the Patience would then play through a 70 minute set of material from his two solo albums since the MCR split. Highlights included the high octane tracks “Joyriding” and “Veins! Veins!! Veins!!!” though Iero and company would not play any My Chem material the feeling in the room was that fans knew they were originally united by the same interest. Iero’s solo material is a little more hard eged than MCR and even spawned more than a couple mosh pits and crowd surfers at the Cambridge show.