No Shows, Yes Shows: Gerard Way announces solo tour, plays the Paradise in October

Gerard Way dropped his latest single “No Shows” last week, and already he’s failing to take his own advice. After a few warm-up gigs at European festivals this month, the former My Chemical Romance frontman gone solo has announced a string of North American dates for the fall, and comes to Boston’s Paradise Rock Club on October 19.

The tour is to support Way’s much-discussed debut solo record, Hesitant Alien, which the musician says was heavily influenced by ’90s Britpop. It’s out September 30 via Warner Bros.

“I wanted to make the small things sound big,” Ways says about his new effort. “My intention was to make 100 percent uncompromised art, using the currently least radio-friendly instrument, the guitar. I knew there would be lots of fuzz pedals. I knew I would play Fender instruments. I knew I would look at who my guitar heroes were in art school, Mary Timony and Carrie Brownstein, and I drew a lot of influence from shoe-gaze and Britpop. I want the record to sonically galvanize people.”

Way adds: “I looked to the Britpop poets like Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn, drawing upon everyday life. I also experimented with the abstract, and looked at Frank Black’s work both with the Pixies, and as a solo artist. There was no concept and no call-to-arms.”

Sign us up. Check out the full run of dates below, and Way’s “No Shows” video way at the bottom.

Gerard Way Tour Dates
10/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
10/13 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
10/14 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre
10/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre
10/19 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
10/20 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/22 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
10/23 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
02/21 – Adelaide, AUS – Soundwave Festival
02/22 – Melbourne, AUS – Soundwave Festival
02/28 – Sydney, AUS – Soundwave Festival
03/01 – Brisbane, AUS – Soundwave Festival

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