Kaiser Chiefs Frontman Ricky Wilson on Drummer’s Departure
The Kaiser Chiefs were rocked by the departure of drummer Nick Hodgson, who left the band in 2012, but quickly regrouped with the addition of his replacement Vijay Mistry.
They returned earlier this year, topping the charts with the album Education, Education, Education & War.
“You have got to be threatened with something being taken away from you before you realise how much you want it,” Ricky said.
“There is no point revelling in the sadness, which I did for a bit when Nick left.
“It was the worst thing ever. But you have to think of the new and exciting things that come with it.
“Yes, next year at T in the Park, you might struggle when you don’t know the site layout or how to get to a stage.
“But that can make it more exciting and some people who felt they had moved on from T in the Park will come back.
“Don’t wallow in the goodbyes. Look forward to something new.”
Ricky has found a second career as a judge and mentor on the most recent series of the BBC’s talent show The Voice.
But he says he has yet to hear from the BBC on whether they want him back and only then will he decide on whether he should continue. For now, his focus is on the band. The Kaiser Chiefs are performing on Sunday, July 13, on the main stage alongside the likes of headliners Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Paul Weller, Bastille and Kodaline.
“I don’t like watching people on before us because I get too nervous but there’s plenty on afterwards I’d like to see,” Ricky explained.
“It’s always interesting seeing the bands coming through who will be the headliners of the future.”
The Kaisers, known for their energetic live set, are heading to Scotland on the back of successful shows at Glastonbury and Ricky couldn’t care less what the weather will be like at Balado.