No Riots and no Angry mobs came to Manchester’s Apollo to savour an evening with the Kaiser Chiefs.
On paper tonight’s hosts at Manchester’s Apollo, had a short trip over the Pennines from Leeds it is the first part of what will be a 21-date mammoth tour, covering the length of the UK.
Since lead singer Ricky’s stint on The Voice UK, the Kaiser Chiefs had slowly fallen off everyone’s radar. Having released their last album in 2016, people have been waiting to hear from the Leeds quintet for a few years now.
Prior to the band coming on stage we where entertained, by a great tongue in cheek video, of a father taking his son to a Kaiser Chiefs concert, “What happens at a Kaiser Chiefs concert, stays at a Kaiser Chiefs Concert”.
As the band come onto stage, the five-piece open with a new song “Wait”, it was clear from the off that Ricky’s voice was struggling, but that didn’t stop him tearing up the stage. Returning after having cancelled several earlier gigs due to illness, was it a little early for them to return?
“Never miss a beat”, from there 3rd album, keeps the tempo upbeat, what Ricky may be missing vocally he more than makes up with his at times manic and very infectious dance moves. We have CO2 cannons going off, this looks like its going to be full throttle. “Saturday night “and “Modern way”, from the band’s first album “employment” get a rare outing and go down great with a very enthusiastic and vocal crowd.
As the pace settles a little, a glitter ball appears over the band on the stage as the band play “Love’s not a competion but I am winning”, has the crowd smooching along The KC are such a tight and well drilled unit, that not only seem set on having a blast, they want the crowd to have a blast as well, Andrew White on Guitar and backing vocals, harnesses his energy effortlessly through his guitar, Simon Rix on bass and vocals is a real power house of rhythm, both part of the charisma of the band.
The fans are really being treated to a mixture of old and new, but it’s the old classics, the songs and albums that have made the band such a fans favourite. “Every day I love you less and less”, sees the crowd along with the band drop into 5th gear, Nick Baines on keyboards, is playing like a man possessed, “Ruby” is given the full vocal prowess from everyone in the venue, this is a band in full flow and an audience who have started the weekend in fine style, arms aloft as the shackles of the week are discarded. This is what every Friday night should be.
“I predict a riot” is like a statement from the band to the crowd, if you’re not having fun, you’re not getting out, no worries there as “Angry mob” once again sees the crowd trying to out do the band. “Retirement” sees the end of the set, one where Ricky’s voice struggled at times, not that any of us where complaining, fortunately there was over 3000 vocalists tonight, supported by a band who came to entertain.
Back on stage for the encore after catching their breath “Hole in my sole” taken from the album stay together, and the excellent “Time honoured tradition” from the Employment album keep the nostalgia going, throughout the whole set Vijay Mistry on drums and percussion has been the bedrock to the drive and perfect timing behind tonight performance, 90 minutes of a masterclass of his trade.
As if things could not get any more frantic its back to the Employment album for the last offering of the evening, Oh my God”, with out doubt this is an anthem, there are a few in the KC repertoire, this was without doubt the song to end the show, the band in complete flow and Ricky leading the crowd into chorus upon chorus of “Oh my god I cant believe it”, well we can and we did.
With the Kaiser Chiefs you always get a show, one where your participation is a must, you have no choice, its infectious, you come away knowing you have had a great time, there must be something special in the water over them hills.