Kaiser Chiefs announced blockbuster February shows in London (O2 Arena) and Leeds (First Direct Arena) in 2015. The dates will be a far cry from their beginnings playing small, sweaty matchbox venues under the name Parva. They released one album, ‘22’, before rebranding themselves after South African Leeds United footballer Lucas Radebe’s hometown team, Kaizer Chiefs.
Two sold out shows at London’s Earls Court followed, marking the group’s new world-beater status. It was their sell-out date at Elland Road, home of their beloved Leeds United, on May 24 2008 that truly confirmed them as one of Britain’s biggest bands, playing an epic 19 song set to 37,000 fans.
A year later, the group played their first ever arena tour, timed around the February 2009 release of third album ‘Off With Their Heads’. Featuring skewering Britpop guitars and typically deadpan witticisms (including ‘Never Miss A Beat’’s “what do you want for tea?/I want crisps”), the Mark Ronson produced effort hit Number 2 in the UK Album Chart.
Their next record saw the Kaisers continue to mix things up: 2011’s ‘The Future Is Medieval’ was the world’s first create-your-own album, with fans able to pick their own tracklist from a choice of 23 songs. Production from David Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti lent a grandeur to the album’s massive Who-chasing choruses.
In 2012, founding member and key songwriter Nick Hodgson announced his departure from the group, sparking speculation the Kaisers might soon call it quits. Instead, the remaining members rallied impressively to write 2013’s ‘Education, Education, Education And War’, landing another UK Album Chart Number 1.
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