Gerard Way recently appeared on the Carry the Fire podcast. During the interview, Way revealed that the decision to write in character on band’s landmark third record Welcome To The Black Parade was inspired by art rock chameleon David Bowie.

“I think there’s a bit of safety that comes with being a character. Obviously, I was looking up to my heroes when I was constructing that. I was looking at David Bowie, especially around ‘The Black Parade’,” he revealed.

“Early ‘Black Parade’ stuff was basically: ‘What if death had a rock band?’ and it obviously changed from that and we all became death in a way, the whole band.”

Way continued, “The character I was during ‘Black Parade’ was fun. In an entertaining way, there was this level of disdain you would have for your audience playing as ‘The Black Parade’ but it was, to me, a healthy kind because you were just playing really.

“I thought that was a fun aspect of that character. There’s a lot of you in the character. I always saw the characters that I played as some aspect of myself turned up to 12.”

In other news, Gerard Way recently dropped the latest Doom Patrol issue. The issue is a special stand-alone edition, written by Young Animal’s Becky Cloonan and Michael Conrad.

My Chemical Romance were recently announced as the exclusive headlining act for Download Festival 2020. You can find the full lineup and ticket information below.

Download Festival 2020

Melbourne Showgrounds,
Friday, March 20th

Parramatta Park, Sydney
Saturday, March 21st

Tickets on sale Wednesday, November 13th at 12pm. Head here for more details.

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