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Gerard Way was kicked out of his first band because he couldn't play 'Sweet Home Alabama'


At a recent Comic-Con event in Los Angeles, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way revealed the reason he was kicked out of his first band and it seems fair enough to us. Way, as he says, was “really bad a guitar”.

Way found himself out of his high school band after the group, who he says were more into covers, for not being able to play some of their favourite tunes, namely Lynrd Skynrd’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama’.

Way told the event: “I wanted to do original songs and they wanted to do cover songs… The reason I got kicked out was because I couldn’t play ‘Sweet Home Alabama’.”

He suggested that being kicked out of the band did have a positive effect though as he then concentrated on his drawing and writing skills. Skills which would not only help him in crafting songs for My Chemical Romance but would also see him publish his first comic at the tender age of 15.

It comes after the singer spoke at length about how My Chemical Romance became “therapy” for him following the terrorist attacks. He also offered some ideas on the band’s early influences. “So 9/11 happens, and I pick up the guitar again and I write ‘Skylines And Turnstiles’, and then I called Otter [Matt Pellissier, MCR drummer] and then I called Ray [Toro, guitarist], and we got Mikey [Way, MCR bassist] in – and we just started building this momentum,” Way commented.

“It became my therapy from the PTSD that everyone had experienced from 9/11, and processing that.”