Kaiser Chiefs snub Princess Diana concert

Leeds five-piece say it would be 'hypocritical' to perform

Kaiser Chiefs have snubbed the chance to play the Diana: Princess of Wales memorial concert because they feel it would be “hypocritical” to appear at the commemorative event.

The band also accused a host of the bands set to appear at the gig, which will mark the 10th anniversary of Diana‘s death, of using the event to sell more records.

“It’s fine if you’re doing something like Live8, which is raising awareness or events that raise awareness over green issues. That’s all right,” said singer Ricky Wilson. “But a lot of them are doing it to sell more records.”

Keane, Kanye West, Take That, Rod Stewart, James Blunt, Bryan Adams, James Morrison, Meatloaf and Orson are all set to appear at the concert at the new Wembley Stadium in London on July 1.

They join the likes of Pharrell Williams, Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry, Joss Stone, Duran Duran, Elton John, Andrew Lloyd Webber and the English National Ballet for the special show.

“I’m not disrespecting her, but can you imagine someone like Kasabian playing at the concert?,” Wilson told thisislondon.co.uk. “Elton John can do it – he knew her. I didn’t know her. It would be hypocritical.”

Diana died in a Paris car crash in August 1997.