Gerard Way ‘made plans to work with’ The Libertines’ Carl Barat

Pair bonded as My Chemical Romance came to an end in 2011 but decided against recording together

Gerard Way has opened up about his unlikely friendship with Carl Barat of The Libertines, stating that the pair planned to meet up and work on music.

It was rumoured last year that Way and Barat may start a band together. However, speaking in the Christmas issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally,, Way says talks never got that far and that their relationship is more of a friendship that a musical thing.

“What’s true about that is that he and I started talking towards the end of My Chemical Romance,” Way says. “He’d recently become a father, and it was really nice for me to have somebody to reach out to like that, even though we didn’t talk much about the band breaking up. At one point we did plan on meeting up and maybe doing something together, but there was no talk of starting a band, really. We’d just sort of catch up with each other.”

Way released his debut solo album ‘Hesitant Alien’, earlier this year and it entered the Official UK Albums Chart at Number 14. He tours the UK in January.

Gerard Way will play:

Birmingham O2 Academy (January 20, 2015)
Southampton O2 Guildhall (January 21)
London O2 Academy Brixton (January 23)

To check the availability of Gerard Way tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.

The Libertines are also nominated for the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas. Visit our awards page to cast your vote on who you want to win You can also buy tickets for the awards ceremony which takes place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on 18 February.