Kaiser Chiefs, enjoying an unlikely renaissance in 2014, mainly due to Ricky Wilson’s appearances on The Voice, rolled into Belfast for a gig at Falls Park.
Support came from a local band called Go Swim. They were rather excellent, even managing to do a superb cover version of “What Is Love?” by Haddaway.
My only previous time seeing Kaiser Chiefs in Belfast, came at The Odyssey in 2009. It was a much bigger show, with a massive stage going into the middle of the arena, so it was interesting to see how a tent in a park would work.
Ricky Wilson danced as he entered the stage, he was in the mood to party, jumping around on stage, and at one point, even jumping into the crowd, and speaking in character (not sure what) when introducing some songs, and declaring himself to be an “applause junkie” and urging the crowd to give him more hits.
Hits, was the order of the day, but the setlist was a mixture of classic hits and new material from their current album “Education, Education, Education & War”, which Wilson, the salesman, reminded fans, they can now buy.
A forgotten classic which got played was “Modern Way”, dedicated to a tweeter called Kevin, who tweeted them to say the single was the first CD he bought, and Ricky Wilson detailing the various levels of excitement that the tweet gave the members of the band (Peanut was the most excited)
The crowd sang along to most of the songs, knowing every word, hits such as “Never Miss A Beat”, “Ruby” and “Everything Is Average Nowadays”
“I Predict A Riot” was kept to near the end.
The band left the stage to cries of “One More Tune”, which they delivered, well, more than one tune.
At the start of their encore, they teased fans with possible cover songs, performing pieces of songs such as “End Of The Road” by Boyz II Men, and “Respectable” by Mel and Kim. The version of “Respectable” was superb, pity it didn’t last that long.
The encore featured “Misery Company” before ending with their first big hit, “Oh My God”
During the show, Ricky Wilson spoke of his love of Belfast, asking, “Can I call you ‘The Belf’?”
Nobody seemed to object.
A few days after the show, Kaiser Chiefs announced a UK tour in early 2015. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include a visit to “The Belf”