But frontman Chris Keating tells NME: 'It was all a joke'
Yeasayer played Leeds Festival today (August 29), telling the crowd they would never play the event and its sister festival, Reading, again.
Frontman Chris Keating made the remark at the end of their set on the NME/Radio 1 Stage. “It is the last Leeds for us,” he said. “They told us we couldn’t play Reading and Leeds anymore. Isn’t that fucked up?”
But he later told NME that the declaration was a prank. “That was just a joke, I was fucking around,” he said. “When David Bowie did his ‘Spiders From Mars’ tour he said, ‘We’re breaking up the band’. Last night we said, ‘We’re breaking up the band’. He was serious, but we were joking.”
The band played a set which saw Keating and band members Ira Wolf Tuton and Anand Wilder switching vocals throughout, as they laced their set with tracks from their 2007 debut ‘All Hour Cymbals’ and recent follow-up effort ‘Odd Blood’.
Singles ‘O.N.E.’ and ‘Ambling Alp’ received the biggest cheers from the crowd.
As the band launched into ‘Madder Red’, Keating spotted a crowd member with a birthday cake-shaped hat on his head. “Hello Leeds, how’s it going?” he asked. “How is my man with the birthday cake? What the fuck is that? Is it your birthday? Happy Birthday.”
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