Band win over US rockers' fans at Oxegen
With the festival operating a policy on the main stage of controlling numbers at the very front of the crowd, a number of the US veterans’ fans had queued up early to be sure of their spot at the front.
Immediately proving his moshing credentials, frontman Ricky Wilson dived into the crowd before his band had played a single note, and then repeatedly headed into the crowd during the first few songs.
That tactic worked with Rage Against The Machine‘s hardcore not only forming a grudging respect for Kaiser Chiefs but quickly forming circle pits in the giant crowd for the likes of ‘Na Na Na Na Naa’, ‘Ruby’ and ‘I Predict A Riot’.
Wilson then impressed them even further during ‘Take My Temperature’ by leaping the safety barrier at the front of the stage and running through the crowd to sing his vocals in the heart of the mosh pit.
As well as gaining the respect of the rockers in the crowd, Irish Kaiser Chiefs fans also got to hear three new songs – ‘Never Miss A Beat’, ‘You Want History’ and ‘Half The Truth’ – live.
The band even introduced “Bono‘s brother”, really their tour manager Mike Darling , to play tambourine on ‘You Want History’, before wrapping things up with customary closer ‘Oh My God’.
Kaiser Chiefs played:
‘Everything Is Average Nowadays’
‘Everyday I Love You Less And Less’
‘Heat Dies Down’
‘Na Na Na Na Naa’
‘Never Miss A Beat’
‘Born To Be A Dancer’
‘You Want History’
‘Half The Truth’
‘I Predict A Riot’
‘The Angry Mob’
‘Take My Temperature’
‘Oh My God’
NME.COM caught up with Kaiser Chiefs backstage the previous day at T In The Park. You can watch the interview by clicking on the link below.