My Chemical Romance channelling Queen for Reading And Leeds Festivals

Band tell NME they're looking to Freddie Mercury for inspiration

My Chemical Romance‘s Gerard Way has said he plans to channel Freddie Mercury during the band’s Reading And Leeds Festivals shows this year.

The singer was speaking in the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands now or available digitally.

Way said the band took inspiration from Queen singer Mercury after being bottled during their 2006 appearance at Reading Festival.


“I said to the guys, ‘I never want to play this again until we headline’,” he said. “Kind of what Freddie Mercury once said when Queen were booed offstage at this festival [they were booed off stage at a show in Australia, at the Sunbury Festival in 1974].”

The singer claimed that the band’s headline shows would be “something special”, and that “we don’t care if we lose money or break even.”

Get the new issue of NME for the full interview with My Chemical Romance, as well as chats with the other major players heading for the festivals.

The Reading And Leeds Festivals take place on August 26–28. My Chemical Romance headline the Friday night (26) at Reading and the Saturday night (27) at Leeds.

See NME.COM/festivals/reading-and-leeds for further line-up and ticket details.

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