Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
Graham Clark
Features Writer
7:19 PM 9th June 2019

Kaiser Chiefs Come Home To Leeds

Kaiser Chiefs
Kaiser Chiefs
Celebrating the centenary of Leeds United, Leeds' Kaiser Chiefs played a resounding home coming gig at Elland Road.

It is 11 years since the band last played Elland Road - the band have their sights set on the premier league too with their forthcoming album, Duck.

The Leeds United song, Leeds Leeds Leeds is played as the band enter the stage. Some fans have managed to smuggle into the venue smoke flares which they light up creating a great atmosphere, naturally the colours are yellow, white and blue, the Leeds United colours.

Ricky Wilson, Lead Singer
Ricky Wilson, Lead Singer
It's a mixed audience though most of those present appear to be fans of the club as well as the band. Lead singer Ricky Wilson knows how to work a crowd "Are you ready Leeds?" he announces, not that the buoyant fans need any encouragement.

It's a chance to air some new songs off the forthcoming album but naturally it is the older songs that resonate well, such as Never Miss A Beat, Everything Is Average Nowadays and I Predict A Riot.

Wilson even decides to go walkabout through the fans as he makes his way to a lighting rig halfway through the stadium. He looks to be having the time of his life as do the fans who are in high spirits.

Coming Home provides a perfect encore along with a surprise version of The Who track, Pinball Wizard (Kaiser Chiefs are supporting The Who at Wembley later this summer).

Confetti cannons, streamers firing into the audience and enough smoke cannons firing made for a momentous night.

The band had triumphed again on home turf. It made you proud to be a Yorkshireman.