Rebecca Leighton-Cox

REVIEW: Kaiser Chiefs @ Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena

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Kaiser Chiefs did not disappoint with an energetic show at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Thursday February 5.

The Brit Award winning band are renowned for their high energy indie-rock anthems, pleasing and shocking fans with their effortlessly dynamic live performance.

The five-piece band from Leeds have released four studio albums, however, it was obvious the crowd (who were primarily middle-aged), were most delighted with their earlier material, receiving an approval of screams and applauds when they played their biggest hits.

The gig kicked off with smoke filling the arena, along with an array of different coloured lights, giving the opening of the show a mysterious start. Kaiser Chiefs launched into performing Factory Gates, the lead track from current album Education, Education, Education & War, which topped the charts when it was released in March last year.

Frontman Ricky Wilson interacted seamlessly with the audience, at one point, Ricky asked the audience “Do you want to know why our name isn’t on the drum kit? Well you’ve come to the gig… you know we are f*****g Kaiser Chiefs!”, causing the crowd to roar in appreciation. Ricky kept up his energetic persona throughout the gig, he never tired, obviously intoxicated by the crowd’s lively response.

One personal highlight of the show, was when Ricky left the stage and ran through the audience to the back of the arena and stood on a small podium to sing The Angry Mob and Cannons.

An obvious theme of the Kaiser Chiefs gig was the intelligent use of cameras, which swung from the ceiling to capture the audience, as well as Ricky using a hand-held one on his microphone to give the perception of a selfie.

Kaiser Chief’s didn’t just please the crowd with their hit-songs, they connected with the audience, playing games such as ask peanut when one crowd member asked if the Kaiser Chiefs liked cats. Oblivious to the football rivalry comment, Kaiser Chiefs replied with “they are more of a dog person,” gaining a roar of cheers from Newcastle United fans in the audience.

During the intermission, a video showing surprise guest played in the arena. Dave Grohl gave the image that he had stormed the Kaiser Chief’s dressing room, mocking the bands performance. At one point he poked fun at Ricky being a judge on The Voice.

The Kaiser Chiefs returned once again to perform their encore, and closed the show with their single Oh My God which brought the house down.

This was my first time I’d seen Kaiser Chiefs live, I arrived with not much of an expectation. I left singing and buzzing about the top-class live performance. I would definitely see them again.

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