20th Jan, 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson sad to see legendary Coventry band The Enemy split

Shaun Reynolds 14th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WORLD FAMOUS Indie Rock band Kaiser Chiefs have stated how sad they are to see legendary Coventry band The Enemy break-up after the group announced its split in April.

Famous behind hit singles I Predict A Riot, Ruby and Oh My God, The Kaiser Chiefs have earned respect from fans across all four corners of the globe – and have previously welcomed The Enemy onto their tours.

The Enemy have tasted huge success since forming in 2006 and have performed at some of the world’s most recognised music venues including Wembley Stadium, Glastonbury and the 02.

They’ve also supported some of the industry’s most iconic bands such as Oasis, The Fratellis and Stereophonics.

However after ten successful years of touring and recording, the three-piece decided to call it a day in April this year – and quickly announced plans for their farewell tour in the process which will see them perform in Coventry one last time on Saturday (September 17 ) at Coventry Empire.

Speaking to The Observer, Kaiser Chiefs lead singer Ricky Wilson said it’s a massive shame The Enemy has decided to call it a day and joked that a city wide petition could possibly help save the three-piece.

He added: “People these days are not given the opportunity to have a career that has its highs and lows – you have a shot of going up, but once you start falling that would seem to be the end of your time on the big stage.

“The Enemy however have had their ups and downs but they’ve fought back and have been a fantastic band for a long time.

“It’s a massive shame that they’ve decided to call it a day.

“As long as bands continue to make great music then things generally are fine, but for whatever reason they’ve decided to end their run which is a real shame as they’re all top lads.

“Their last album release was their best yet in my opinion – maybe a city wide petition could help them change their mind, you never know.”

Ricky hoped the band would reconsider their decision to split, though said often when your heart isn’t in the game it can be hard to perform to the best of your ability.

He added: “I don’t know the ins and outs of their decision to split but sometimes if one member of the groups falls down the cracks and doesn’t want to carry on then the best thing to do is pack up.

“I don’t want to use the words ‘they were a great band’ because they still are a fantastic band – but at the end of the day you all have to be totally committed .

“They might decide after their farewell tour that they want to continue performing, hopefully that’s the case and we can see them on the stage again.

“This doesn’t apply to The Enemy but sometimes bands can focus on the negative comments more than the praise they receive from their fans.

“It’s too easy to get sucked into a vortex of social media negativity nowadays.”


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