Kaiser Chiefs go down a storm in the snow

The band perform Radio 1 show in Doncaster

Kaiser Chiefs went down a storm on a snowy winter’s night at the Doncaster Dome last night (February 9), performing a special show for Radio 1.

Introduced onstage by the station’s Zane Lowe, Ricky Wilson and co launched into a raucous set mixing established crowd-pleasers from debut album ‘Employment’ alongside new material from forthcoming follow-up album ‘Yours Truly, Angry Mob’.

A sell-out crowd of 3,000-plus were treated to a lively opener in current single ‘Ruby’, before the band raised the roof with ‘Everyday I Love You Less And Less’ and ‘Born To Be A Dancer’.

Next came new song ‘Heat Dies Down’, a typically rousing stomper that saw Wilson run around the stage in a typically energetic fashion.

“This is a song about where me and Peanut [keyboards] went to school,” said Wilson introducing new track ‘Highroyds’.

Before ‘The Modern Way’, the singer declared: “It feels good to be back. Have you missed us? It’s been pretty boring [without us], hasn’t it?”

Wilson then asked drummer Nick Hodgson for a special message for the crowd – which was simply “keep cool” – before introducing ‘Thank You Very Much’ – another new song, built around a massive riff and electro-pop-keyboards.

More new material followed with ‘My Kind Of Guy’ and ‘Everything Is Average Nowadays’.

Not surprisingly the biggest reaction of the night was for ‘I Predict A Riot’, which saw the entire audience singing along and Wilson crowd-surfing above them.

Among the rapt audience was Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles, who received a mostly favourable reception – plus a few chants of “you fat bastard” – as he acknowledged the crowd towards the end.

Kaiser Chiefs played:

‘Ruby’

‘Everyday I Love You Less And Less’

‘Born To Be A Dancer’

‘Heat Dies Down’

‘Highroyds’

‘Modern Way’

‘Thank You Very Much’

‘My Kind Of Guy’

‘Everything Is Average Nowadays’

‘I Predict A Riot’

‘The Angry Mob’

‘Retirement’

‘Na Na Na Na Naa’

‘Oh My God’

Earlier the band had been supported by The Twang, who gave the South Yorkshire crowd a chance to see if they lived up to their reputation as one of 2007’s best new bands.

During a 30-minute set including ‘Either Way’ and forthcoming single ‘Wide Awake’, singer Phil Etheridge joked with the crowd: “Let’s have a big ‘fuck off to Radio 1!’,” before adding: “Only kidding! I love ya – Zane, keep playing our tunes!”

The gig will be broadcast on Zane Lowe‘s show on Radio 1 on Monday (February 12) from 7pm, while highlights can also be viewed on interactive BBC TV.

Meanwhile the band are set to head out on a a north American tour in April – and NME is going along for the ride.

The NME Presents Kaiser Chiefs tour takes in the following dates:

Philadelphia Electric Factory (April 6)

Washington 9:30 Club (7)

Boston Avalon Ballroom (9)

New York Roseland Ballroom (12)

Montreal Spectrum (17)

Toronto Kool Haus (18)

Chicago Vic Theatre (20)

Minneapolis Trocaderos (21)

Vancouver Commodore Ballroom (24)

Seattle Showbox Theatre (25)

Portland Crystal Ballroom (26)

San Francisco Warfield Theatre (27)

The Walkmen will play the whole tour as special guests, while Annuals will open from the Philadelphia to Toronto dates, with The Little Ones playing the remaining shows.

For tickets go to NME.COM/artists/kaiser-chiefs now.