Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson says Dave Grohl approves of his role on ‘The Voice’

Foo Fighters frontman told him: 'I don't care if my friends are on TV talent shows'

Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson has recounted an incident in which he told Dave Grohl he’s on a TV talent show – to which Grohl responded, “I don’t care if my friends are doing it”.

In an interview with the XFM Breakfast show this morning (January 26), which included the first play of Kaiser Chiefs’ new single ‘Falling Awake’, Wilson spoke about his friendship with Grohl and what it’s like touring with Foo Fighters. “We had dinner the other night and I had to break the news to him that I’m on a television talent search contest,” Wilson said. “And I know that he’s not the biggest fan of those things, but he goes, ‘I don’t care if my friends are doing it’!”

Host Jon Holmes then said: “Nice to know he’s got double standards!” to which Wilson responded: “The day I cease to have double standards is the day I cease to be!”


Wilson – who is currently a judge on BBC show The Voice – also discussed releasing a standalone track, which Kaiser Chiefs released because “it seems popular”. “It was written right at the end of [the last record] just as I was starting to get out of the kind of, like… because the last record, I’m not saying it was political, but it had an edge to it,” he said. “This was right at the end, and I think I was coming out of that, and it’s almost a love song! We don’t really write them!”

Dave Grohl has previously hit out at TV talent shows such as American Idol and The X Factor, claiming that many contestants are judged far too harshly by judges that are not musically talented. He told NME: “I think people should feel encouraged to be themselves. That’s what bums me out about those shows where people are judged so harshly by fucking musicians that hardly even play an instrument on their own fucking albums. It makes me really mad.”

Meanwhile, Kaiser Chiefs will soon embark on a full UK tour, beginning in Liverpool on January 31 and wrapping up with two previously announced arena shows at London’s O2 Arena (February 13) and Leeds First Direct Arena (14).

Kaiser Chiefs will headline:

Liverpool Arena (January 31)
Dundee Caird Hall (February 2)
Edinburgh Usher Hall (3)
Newcastle Metro Arena (5)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (6)
Nottingham Arena (7)
Plymouth Pavilions (9)
Bournemouth BIC (10)
Brighton Centre (11)
London O2 Arena (13)
Leeds First Direct Arena (14)

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