This evening’s atmosphere is buzzing even more as the band emerges onto the stage engulfed by a storm of smoke.
Ricky Wilson is a face that we have all been seeing a lot of recently – that is of course, if you are just one of the regular viewers who tunes into BBC 1’s stellar of a programme ‘The Voice’ at the weekend. However, before hitting our television screens it was unbeknown to some that Ricky is the frontman behind rockers the Kaiser Chiefs.
With platinum record sales from four albums that have included a multiplicity of their top ten singles, bassist Simon Rix, guitarist Andrew White, keyboardist Nick "Peanut" Baines, drummer Vijay "VJ" Mistry and lead singer and lyricist Ricky himself, have now had over 10 years of success.
It’s sure going to be a hectic few months for the three-time Brit Award winners. Having a jam-packed schedule that consists of festivals to play in the summer, as well as a European and North American tour, it seems that there will be no time to rest for the five members.
Taking my seat inside London’s momentous venue, The O2 Arena, I am all ready to see these men live in action performing tracks from their current and 5th studio album, Education, Education, Education & War, as part of their 11-date UK tour.
It seems that the crowd is all psyched up for tonight too - judging by the contagious energy that somehow seems to be passing around the room throughout both performances from tonight’s supporting acts, Public Service Broadcasting and TELEMAN.
Stating the fact that June 2007 was when the Kaiser Chiefs last visited the established tent it is understandable as to why fans are so eager to see them here for the second time.
This evening’s atmosphere is buzzing even more as the band emerges onto the stage engulfed by a storm of smoke. From a dim grey the lighting soon rays down a red effect for their first number, in which Ricky somehow manages to bend his microphone stand just from surprisingly, leaning on it. "Everyday I Love You Less And Less" is next, along with the message "We have been sent from the North to entertain you" from the 37 year old singer.
If the Yorkshire-born musician is scared of anything it most definitely isn’t being a daredevil. This is not only seen enough when Mr Wilson is taking some risky steps climbing on set equipment on the stage, but off it too when he leaves this area to lean directly into the crowd beneath him for a sing-along. This is soon repeated, but further down the venue upon an individual platform.
The rest of ‘The Angry Mob’ (which the group refers to itself as), are also musical masters during the whole duration of each and every hit. Whether it be "Na Na Na Na Naa", ‘Never Miss A Beat’, their last release ‘Coming Home’ or the ever so popular ‘Ruby’ and ‘I Predict A Riot’ there is a fantastically suitable mixture of both old and new tracks.
An up-tempo cover of The Who’s "Pinball Wizard" and an encore involving a brand new song called "Falling Awake" are a couple of the unexpected parts for ticket holders, all before a confetti-filled finale of "Oh My God".
Feeling the need to introduce the "Kaiser Chiefs" several times, Ricky is the perfect showman with a humble attitude, as are his fellow instrumentalists who are evidently skilled geniuses.
Published on 14 February 2015 by TasminAnderson