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Review: Kaiser Chiefs at Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Riots, Ruby and rages against the establishment were on the menu as Ricky Wilson et al land on Tyneside. Tareq Haddad reviews

The Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson performing at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
The Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson performing at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

Just as 2014 was proclaimed the year of the ‘selfie’, Kaiser Chiefs find themselves in the same position... are they a thing of the past or are they a force to stay for good?

Performing in Newcastle’s Radio Metro Arena last night, the five-man export from Leeds warmed the crowd up with several headliners from their most recent productions but the building did not come alive until fan-favourites such as Ruby and I Predict A Riot were brought out of the back catalogue bag.

Despite that, the band proved their relevance in today’s age as the strong anti-war messages that underlie their latest work packed quite the political punch.

The 2014 album titled Education, Education, Education & War - referencing a famous Tony Blair speech - comes a decade after the group released Employment which rocketed the Kaisers to success in 2005.

Carried by front man Ricky Wilson’s charisma and energy, the Indie act showed they had a fun side too.

Wilson - who is currently enjoyed his latest stint as a judge on BBC1’s The Voice talent search - was all over the stage clambering onto amps, the bass drum and singing two songs from the back of the arena with a portable camera attached to his mic - giving the audience a weird yet interesting close-up of his face throughout.

The show also featured a comical Q&A with pianist Nicholas Baines - an ex-Newcastle University student known as ‘Peanut’ - who disclosed that his favourite Tyneside watering hole was Fusion Bar for the pound a pint deals on offer.

And just as the band had done to wrap up the London Olympics, the audience were treated to a rendition of The Who’s Pinball Wizard.

This time however, as they exited stage right, cameras were planted inside their dressing room to capture an explicit telling-off from rock legend David Grohl forcing the band back on stage to close the night out with an unreleased new track Falling Awake and their infamous Oh My God I Can’t Believe It.

Safe to stay just like the ‘selfie’, the Chiefs are here to stay for a while longer.

Tareq Haddad


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