Leeds: Kaiser Chiefs hit the comeback trail

MAY 2008: Kaiser Chiefs perform at Elland Road.
MAY 2008: Kaiser Chiefs perform at Elland Road.
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STAND by for a rock ‘n’ roll riot – Leeds indie kings Kaiser Chiefs are back in business.

It’s been nearly two years since the Chiefs, pictured right, announced they were taking a break from life on the road.

Now, though, they are poised to return to centre stage with a string of summer dates that will delight their loyal army of fans.

And, as if to prove they’re still as down-to-earth as ever, Ricky Wilson and co’s comeback will start in the intimate surroundings of Falmouth’s Princess Pavilion.

The lads yesterday announced shows at the Cornish town’s 600-capacity venue on June 7 and 8.

In a message on Facebook, they said they would be “playing some new songs live for the very first time, alongside some familiar faves”.

The Chiefs will follow their Falmouth shows with a slot at the Isle of Wight Festival on June 10.

Other UK festival dates over the summer include Glastonbury and the twin-site V bash at Chelmsford and Stafford. Overseas commitments include gigs in France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Australia.

The band are also rumoured to have spent the last year recording a new album, although possible title and release details have yet to be made public.

Ian De-Whytell, boss of Leeds music store Crash Records, said: “I’m delighted to hear the Chiefs are back. Hopefully they will be able to slot in a Leeds show at some point as there aren’t many better nights out than a Kaiser Chiefs hometown gig.”

The Chiefs burst onto the music scene in 2005, clocking up hits with tracks such as I Predict A Riot and Oh My God.

They scooped three Brit awards in 2006 and played in front of 30,000 fans at Leeds United’s Elland Road ground in 2008.

The band’s most recent gig was at London’s Brixton Academy in November 2009, in support of aid organisation CARE International.

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