hmv.com reviews... Gerard Way @ London KOKO
Gerard Way is currently blazing a trail on his first full UK solo tour and we were there to review his London show...
Gerard Way. Ex-My Chemical Romance frontman, taking a trip on the solo road with a vengeance, touring with his incredible debut Hesitant Alien, which you can preview on the right of the page.
KOKO London, the stylish 1,410 capacity venue in Camden, London.
Any good supports?
Both support acts blew everyone away. Starting off with the amazing Daria, who brought Brit pop with a groove that you couldn't help but move to, all covered in a lovely layer of Smashing Pumpkins style fuzz. Next up came surprise support Chantal Claret, singer of the band Morningwood. She left everyone speechless with her incredible, sassy, soulful performance and flawless crowd interaction, she even brought out her husband Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence for a special guest appearance.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
A sold out show in a venue much too small for a star the likes of Gerard Way’s calibre, creating an intimate atmosphere that had the crowd at his every command from start to finish.
So what was the set like? What did he play?
It all went a bit like this. As soon as the lights went out, the crowd screamed, on walked the backing band, assuming their positions, and, after what felt like a lifetime of suspense, but in reality may have only been a few seconds they began the eiree opening notes that start album opener 'The Bureau'. They built up and built up the suspense with an intense drum roll, before, suddenly, Gerard leapt out at the peak to be greeted by a rabid crowd that had clearly been waiting for this moment for way too long. The place, predictably, went batshit.
Starting his vocal performance, it’s clear to any in attendance that Gerard had lost none of his charisma and talent. Jumping straight into first single 'Action Cat', the crowd went wild, singing the lines “And I still miss you, Say I missed you too” brings out tears from many a loyal follower of Gerard and his music.
Way kept the energy all the way with banger after banger, before he moved onto our personal favourite track from his new release, 'Get The Gang Together', mixing a groovy new live intro engaging the crowd in a call and response build up before dropping in to the track with flawless style. The end of the set was followed by a sea of screams chanting for more. But, being the seasoned performer he is, Gerard knows better than to decline a wanting audience their encore. Returning to the stage Gerard treated the audience to a final helping before humbly bowing and leaving the stage for the final time.
Any good between song banter?
Between songs Gerard worked his charm on the crowd in a way that only he can. There were plenty of thank yous, but Way also addressing clear issues in social interaction such as the way that transgender people are treated and encourages the crowd to actively look out for each other and stand up for what they believe in.
Did they put on much of a show?
Accompanied only by some moody lighting, Gerard proved that you don’t need a big budget show to pull off a fantastic performance, all you need is charisma, charm and a bucket load of talent!
What was the highlight of the set?
As cheesy as it may sound, our personal highlight was just seeing Gerard back on stage and having the time of his life.
Where can I catch them next?
Gerard and the gang will be returning to the UK in January next year for one more killer tour before retreating to the studio to work on his next release..