Preview: Gerard Way at O2 Guildhall, Southampton (21/01/2015)

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Former My Chemical Romance frontman and hair-dye enthusiast Gerard Way will be bringing his new, highly acclaimed sound to Southampton’s O2 Guildhall next Wednesday, the 21st January.

The former Black Parade star had a very successful start to his solo career in 2014, receiving great reviews from a wide range of critics for his performances during the year. He announced at the beginning of the summer that he had signed to Warner Bros. Records and that he was putting the finishing touches to his debut solo record. Come the end of the year, the Associated Press named this record, Hesitant Alien, as their number one Essential Album of 2014. The charismatic frontman decided to move away from the alternative-rock, emo sounds of his former band and has instead opted to take on a sound more influenced by Britpop.

Way will be playing three dates in the UK. The first at the O2 Academy in Birmingham on the 20th before the Southampton show a day later, and then a show at the O2 Academy Brixton two days later.

Support comes from Welsh/American alternative rock band No Devotion who are made up of former members of Lostprophets and frontman Geoff Rickley, formerly of Thursday. The band have recently put the finishing touches to their debut album which is due for release over the coming months. No Devotion have been turning heads since their formation last year and were named by gigsandfestivals.co.uk as putting on the third best live show of 2014; beating the likes of Paul Weller and Blink 182, and falling only to Prince and Eminem.

Gerard Way and No Devotion will be playing the O2 Guildhall in Southampton on Wednesday 21st January. Tickets are available here for £22.50 + fees.

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