“We are Kaiser Chiefs. Join us,” announced the gregarious Ricky Wilson, lead singer of punk-wave indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs from Leeds. In the mid-day sun, what started off as a sparse crowd filled up when the audience saw the antics of Wilson, gyrating his yellow-clad nether regions into the audience.
During the set, Wilson went into the crowd numerous times, had the audience sing many of the lyrics, got on top of the drum kit (not the drum kit he sold to David Letterman, which they allegedly used at the first Coachella weekend) and jumped off, grabbed the big-screen camera and kissing it, and running off the stage and to the beer garden for a drink–which he declared as “awkward.” Wilson is a master of manipulating the crowd into a frenzy. “No dicking around,” said the frontman. “Let’s go straight to the next one.”
And Kaiser Chiefs had no problem going straight from hit to hit, proving their worth as one of the biggest bands of the early 2000’s Britpop resurgence. The band played “Na Na Na Na Naa,” “Everyday I Love You Less and Less,” “Kinda Girl You Are,” “The Angry Mob,” “Ruby,” “Never Miss A Beat,” “Oh My God,” and internationally-renowned hit, “I Predict A Riot.”
They also played some new songs. “Hey Coachella. We’re back alright,” said Wilson. “Don’t mention the heat. We’ve got a new song…We said we’ve got a new song. So, are you ready? We are. It’s called ‘On The Run.'” Kaiser Chiefs also played another new one called “Listen To Your Head.”
With an infectious, energetic set and the playing of new songs, Kaiser Chiefs fans can anticipate a tour of both the United Kingdom and North America.
“Coachella, thank you very much,” said Wilson. “It’s the second week. It feels fresh.” And with that, the Kaiser Chiefs launched into another round of songs to a giant roar from the audience.
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles