Live Music Review: Kaiser Chiefs at the 02 Arena

Last night the Kaiser Chiefs played the London leg of their arena tour at the O2.

Taking to the stage through the mist and opening with Factory Gates – a track taken from their last studio albumEducation, Education, Education & War – the Kaiser Chiefs started their show with a raw, lively energy which didn’t fade until the end.

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The gig featured hit after hit with fans singing along to tracks such as Everyday I Love You Less and Less, Never Miss a Beat and Coming Home. Ricky Wilson proved that he’s one of the best frontmen in the country at present, by getting the audience to participate, sing along and chant the band’s name throughout the gig. When it came to Everything is Average Nowadays, Wilson jumped into the audience, allowing fans to get up close and personal with The Voice judge.

It’s been almost two years since the band supported Bon Jovi at British Summer Time Festival and things have certainly changed in that short time. The band lost drummer Nick Hodgson and gained the brilliant Vijay Mistry, who has given a noticeable enthusiasm and energy back to the band who have been pushing their live shows to a new level.
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The highlight of the gig was when the band played My Life, a track that showcases their sheer talent and potential. As fan favourites and two of the Kaiser Chiefs’ most well known songs, Ruby and I Predict a Riotcouldn’t be omitted from the set-list and it’s safe to say they still have the ability to get people moving.

Before the Kaisers came back for an encore, a mock video was played featuring Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl giving his ‘words of encouragement’ pep talk before the band played the final three tracks of the gig. The band’s new song, Falling Awake, proves that the band are continuing to evolve and push their sound with a more creative and experimental approach.
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The O2 gig marked a significant night for the band, who are currently celebrating the anniversary of a decade since their debut album. Closing with Oh My God – their first single way back in 2004 – the band ended their London gig on a high note. The Kaiser Chiefs have always been good live but this performance exceeded any expectations I had. This is a band you must see live to fully appreciate.

★★★★★

Graduate Multimedia Journalist, Online Editor at CIO UK and contributing writer at Culturefly and Contact Music.
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