Review: Kaiser Chiefs at Southampton Guildhall

Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson
Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson
Victor Ariat

Smooth sailing for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Portsmouth Guildhall

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It’s been eight years since the Kaiser Chiefs blew us away with their first album, Employment, and the sell-out crowd at their Southampton Guildhall gig proved the hits from that album are just as popular now as they ever were.

Frontman Ricky Wilson belted out a succession of anthems to a receptive audience, who were only too happy to join in.

But what was also good was hearing the band’s new material - Living Underground and The Heat Goes Down - which, while not such immediate anthems, were solid rock tunes.

They are the first new tunes played since drummer and original member Nick Hodgson left the band in December last year but his replacement, Vijay Mistry, never missed a beat throughout the whole gig.

The first encore song was a marvellous cover of the Stranglers’ No More Heroes, which had the crowd singing along, before the rousing finale of Oh My God, which sent the crowd into the night with smiles on their faces.