Ricky Wilson encourages audience participation
Kaiser Chiefs performed for a packed audience at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles last night (June 7).
Frontman Ricky Wilson encouraged audience participation throughout the band’s 80-minute set, asking the crowd to sing along, wave their arms and cheer.
The audience obliged, singing at top volume to crowd-pleasers including ‘Ruby’, and ‘I Predict A Riot’ and tossing glowsticks in the air while the band performed songs off of their two albums, 2005’s ‘Employment’ and this year’s ‘Yours Truly, Angry Mob’.
“That was some fine singing you did,” Wilson told the audience after ‘Modern Way’. “And they told me you wouldn’t sing along.”
The Leeds lads kicked off the night with a rousing rendition of ‘Everyday I Love You Less And Less’, while enthusiastic fans waved a Leeds United Football Club banner down in front.
Throughout the night, Wilson pogoed across the stage while an elaborate light show lit up the crowd.
They ended the gig with ‘Everything Is Average Nowadays’ before returning for a two-song encore that included ‘The Angry Mob’ and ‘Oh My God’, which gave the audience one final chance for a massive sing-along.
“The audiences are the most important thing about a gig and we try to make audiences enjoy it,” Wilson told NME.COM.
“In any city like LA that thinks it’s kind of cool, we have to work a little bit harder. But the challenge makes it more enjoyable for us.”
Kaiser Chiefs will play two more dates in California before heading back to the UK to begin the festival circuit.
–By our Los Angeles staff.