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MCR Way influenced by Guitar Hero

Singer says video game shaped the sound of band's later material

Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way says the console game Guitar Hero's influence can be heard on the band's later material.

Tracks by MCR, Green Day, Black Veil Brides and Fall Out Boy are among the first wave of songs to be announced for the game's latest incarnation – Guitar Hero Live. The popular video game has been on hiatus for five years but will return on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U via Activision and developer FreeStyle Games later this year.

Speaking at the game’s launch event , Way, pictured below, told Rolling Stone: “When we were making Black Parade, we had a TV set up in the big room and we had Guitar Hero there. We’d just pick it up at any time and play.

“It influenced me for the music that would come out after that album because I would constantly play Search And Destroy by Iggy Pop And The Stooges all the time. It rekindled something for me. It’s one of the reasons why Conventional Weapons has such a protopunk sound to it.”

My Chemical Romance split in 2013 and Way and guitarist Frank Iero have gone on to launch solo careers.

Guitar Hero Live will be released this autumn and retail for £89.99.

Guitar Hero Live tracklist

  1. My Chemical Romance – Na Na Na
  2. Black Veil Brides – In The End
  3. Pierce The Veil – King For A Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)
  4. System Of A Down – Chop Suey
  5. Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)
  6. Green Day – Nuclear Family
  7. Blitz Kids – Sometimes
  8. Pantera – Cowboys From Hell
  9. The Pretty Reckless – Going To Hell
  10. Alter Bridge – Cry Of Achilles
  11. Judas Priest – Breaking The Law
  12. Rage Against The Machine – Guerilla Radio
  13. Skrillex – Bangarang
  14. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Higher Ground
  15. Broken Bells – Leave It Alone
  16. Ed Sheeran – Sing
  17. The Killers – When You Were Young
  18. Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals
  19. The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black
  20. Alt-J – Left Hand Free
  21. The War On Drugs – Under The Pressure
  22. Gary Clark Jr. – Don't Owe You A Thang
  23. The Lumineers – Ho Hey
  24. The Black Keys – Gold On The Ceiling

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