Kaiser Chiefs Say Goodbye to Nick Hodgson // Will We Be Saying Goodbye to the Kaiser Chiefs?

Kaiser Chiefs Say Goodbye to Nick Hodgson // Will We Be Saying Goodbye to the Kaiser Chiefs?

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Ooh, watching the people get lairy,
is not very pretty, I tell thee.
And walking through town is quite scary,
and not very sensible either.

Nick Hodgson, drummer and songwriter extraordinaire, has decided to leave the Kaiser Chiefs, and it’s making me sad.  This is a band that I’ve seen five times – three on the barrier [two in the very centre] at the Palace, once at V Festival, and the very first time that I saw them: supporting the Foo Fighters at Rod Laver Arena.  They’re one of my absolute favourite acts.  But, without Nick, they are nothing.

NME reports that the band will indeed continue to perform together next year, supporting Green Day around Europe, as well as opening a new venue in Leeds next September.  But is there really any point continuing without their principal songwriter?  I can certainly respect the band for honouring all existing tour commitments, but when that’s all done, there’s no point continuing as the Kaiser Chiefs without Nick.

It’ll be sad to see one of my favourite bands go, but they’ve had a pretty good run.  For a band that formed in the 90s, it’s amazing that they’ve lasted this long!  It’d be far better for them to quit now [or next year, once they’ve done touring], than to fade away later.

Whatever happens, I wish Ricky and the lads the best.  And I hope that Nick’s new endeavours are just as brilliant as his time spent in what was arguably the best band to ever come out of Leeds.

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