Kaiser Chiefs Come Home To The North
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Currently on a UK tour, Leeds' Kaiser Chiefs will play a huge gig at Elland Road in June.
The tour sees the band playing venues and cities that they have not visited for a long time. That does mean though that the production is not as elaborate as you might expect: in the first 30 minutes there was enough confetti and confetti fired into the audience to wipe the smile off the faces of the venues cleaners.
A staircase leads up to a neon sign with the Yorkshire band's name upon it whilst at the other side of the stage a huge painting frame looks like it was on loan from the York Art Gallery where the exhibition they have curated is showing.
Lead singer Ricky Wilson looks trimmer and even sports wearing a red bow tie ("£2.99 in Debenhams" he jokes). His appearance on TV talent show The Voice has definitely broadened the appeal of Kaiser Chiefs, their audience now sees new fans you would have never seen at one of their gigs previously.
With a new album coming the tour is an opportunity to test out some new tracks such as Target Market which sounded more downbeat than their more familiar tracks. Whilst Golden Oldie showed a progression and likely to become a live favourite.
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The band were a mainstay on TV programmes such as CD:UK and when they play I Predict A Riot and Never Miss A Beat it makes you feel proud to be a Yorkshireman!
Their Number 1 hit, Ruby sees the fans and the band singing in unison, with more cheers and arm waving than when a goal is scored at Elland Road.
When a fan throws up a painting he has done of them, each member takes time out to sign it on stage - giving Wilson a chance to get behind the drum kit - he never missed a beat as the song says.
By the time they encore with Oh My God they are firing on all cylinders. If they keep up this form the Elland Road gig in June along with Leeds United's promotion to the Premiership will be a double celebration. If this is the Modern Way, bring it on.
Kaiser Chiefs Come Home To The North, 2nd February 2019, 12:07 PM