Gerard Way to Play First Solo Shows at Reading and Leeds Festivals

Former My Chemical Romance frontman leads latest line-up additions.

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Gerard Way will play his first ever solo shows at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals, NME reports.

The former My Chemical Romance frontman leads the latest raft of line-up additions to the festival and will appear on the NME/Radio 1 Stage alongside fellow new additions, Schoolboy Q, Maverick Sabre, DZ Deathrays and La Dispute.

Earlier this year Way launched his own official website,, with a blog post confirming that he has inked a deal with Warner Bros. Records and that he is close to finishing a solo album.

Meanwhile, other new additions to the line up for Reading and Leeds this year include a whole host of bands set to join headliners Palma Violets, Band of Skulls and Augustines on the Festival Republic Stage.

King Charles, Southern, We Are Scientists, the Amazing Snakeheads, American Authors, Little Matador, the Minutes, Leaders of Men, the Sunshine Underground, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Sivu, Drowners, Lucius and Saint Raymond have all joined the line-up.

Paramore, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Blink-182 will headline Reading and Leeds Festivals 2014. It will be both Queens of The Stone Age and Paramore's only UK festival appearances of the summer.

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    Like I said last time around this article was posted, I am actually pretty intrigued to hear what comes out of this. I'll give it a chance and then judge.
    *gasp!* Making an informed decision instead of riding decade-old emo-bashing?!? Heresy!
    I honestly hope his solo album is at least decent. The cynical part of me wants to say it won't since solo-formerly-of- acts tend to be "meh" at best. (I'm looking at you, Mr. Tankian)
    One might argue that George Michael (formerly-of-Wham!) did pretty well for himself. Morrissey and Sting, too, while we're at it. It's a case-by-case thing. Depends on who the person is.
    True, true. But it's quite rare, and even though I like Morrissey and Sting, there's just so much more chemistry in The Smiths and The Police albums. It just seems overly difficult to be just as good by yourself.
    Curious as to how many My Chemical Romance songs will be in his set and how many new solo songs
    Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if he was offered a solo deal while in My Chemical Romance and disbanded the band for publicity. Then, when his solo career flops, he'll get the band back together giving them a boost in popularity and make more money.
    Honestly so glad to see DZ Deathrays and La Dispute on the set. Check them out if you are unaware.
    Dude, I love La Dispute. They're from my hometown, and I've been going to their shows since 2007. Great lyrics, awesome energy at their live shows, unique style... Aaand now I'm fangirling.
    I like Gerard Way as a frontman of a band and I loved MCR. Although he has a good voice, I think him in a band would be a lot more entertaining then him solo. Also, I feel like the setlist will be mostly my chemical romance songs. Nobody knows any of his solo stuff since it hasn't been released. They're going to be standing there like just watching. It's a lot more fun to sing along.
    Did he not get bottled enough when he played there back in 2006?
    People who throw bottles at bands are pathetic. There are people who want to see/hear it, so why ruin it for others if you're an idiot ? No one is forcing them to go see a band they dislike.
    Not to mention the chance of physically injuring someone. I don't care who it is, if you actually want to hurt someone because of the music they make, you need professional help.
    I remember Justin Timberlake getting water bottles chucked at his head at SarsStock in Toronto. Being in the crowd, I was pretty pissed. The man dropped what he was doing on short notice just to perform there, deserved some respect.
    Didn't he say something like he couldn't even think of music any more and that was one of the reasons why MCR broke up? And now he's the one going out and performing more.
    In essence he felt the band had accomplished what it set out to do - and I agree. I think they ended on a high note and on their own terms.
    To be honest I feel like this guy doesn't give 2 shits about music, all he's done since MCR split is do comic books, I'm hoping he makes some good stuff but I'm expecting more 80's pop rip off shit like the Danger Days, and IMO Danger Days was just an excuse to write comic books
    Cared nobody ever. Everyone stopped caring about him when he stopped looking like Billy Corgan.