Former Kaiser Chiefs drummer and songwriter turned solo star Nick Hodgson joined The Killers on stage in his native Leeds last night to perform a cover of ‘I Predict A Riot’. Check out footage and the setlist below.
The Las Vegas band were performing at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, when hometown hero Nick Hodgson (who recently announced his debut solo album ‘Tell Your Friends‘) joined them on stage. The rendition of the indie classic from Kaisers’ debut album ‘Employment’ saw frontman Brandon Flowers splitting the vocals who Hodgson, who also played guitar during the performane.
“Do you want it?” Flowers asked the crowd before tearing into the track. “Let’s give it to ’em.”
The Killers’ setlist was:
Somebody Told Me
The Way It Was
Run for Cover
I Can’t Stay
Smile Like You Mean It
For Reasons Unknown
I Predict a Riot (Kaiser Chiefs cover with Nick Hodgson)
Tyson vs. Douglas
A Dustland Fairytale
Read My Mind
All These Things That I’ve Done
When You Were Young
The Killers tour and tickets
The Killers’ remaining UK tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.
20 – SSE Hydro, Glasgow
21 – AECC BHGE Arena, Aberdeen
23 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
25 – Sheffield Arena, Sheffield
27 – O2 Arena, London
28 – O2 Arena, London
Hodgson, who co-wrote all of the band’s songs during his 15 years as a member, left Kaiser Chiefs in 2012 – claiming that he wanted to spend more time in the studio as a producer and songwriter. In those interim years, he’s worked with the likes of Ratboy, Mark Ronson, Hurts, John Newman and many more.
Now, he’s back as a solo artist – recently unveiling lead track ‘Suitable’ ahead of his debut album ‘Tell Your Friends’, which is due for release on January 26.
“On the Kaiser Chiefs’ records, if I had a song on them it would be a smaller song near the end,” Hodgson told NME. “There was a song called ‘Boxing Champ’ on the second album. It’s just me and a piano. It’s very delicate. And I just thought ‘OK, I’ll make some little delicate songs and put them out’. Then I kept writing and was like ‘OK, this one’s a bit better actually’. Then I’d get rid of some of the weirder ones, the ones that didn’t really go anywhere and started to replace them with songs I thought were really good actually.
“So the ambition kept changing. I always knew I didn’t want to sign a record deal. Then Ross from The Cribs texted me saying, ‘do you and your new band want to support us in Leeds at ‘Cribsmas’ in December?’ And I was thinking ‘I haven’t got a band’. But I said yes, and I got a band… So it keeps changing… Basically I would like to see how thorough it goes. I don’t want to just let it out and then no one be bothered about it the next week.”