Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby....the sing-a-long line from the chart-topping hit will be belted out by the Kaiser Chiefs tomorrow night in Sheffield and with good reason, writes Graham Walker.
The Yorkshire based global superstars are coming home for one of the biggest pop parties of the summer to celebrate radio station Hallam FM’s own ruby anniversary.
The home of Big John @Breakfast is 40-years old later this year.
Some of the biggest names in pop will join the Kaiser Chiefs for a birthday bash to celebrate the radio’s landmark date with thousands of music fans at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our exclsuive chat with Kaiser Chiefs bandmates Simon Rix and Nick ‘Peanut’ Baines.
The Summer Live line-up reads like a who’s who of the current chart stars with 26 top ten singles and seven number one hits between - including X Factor’s first group winners, Little Mix, finalist Ella Henderson, boy bands The Vamps, 5 Seconds Of Summer, who have just toured with One Direction, Katy B, a headliner at this month’s Tramlines, new pop sensation Ella Eyre, Jess Glynne, girl band Neon Jungle and Foxes.
Sheffield’s The Voice contestant Jessica Steele is on the bill - which will see her reunited with Kaiser Chief’s front man Ricky Wilson, who mentored her on the TV show.
The Leeds quintet say the gig will also be a celebration of what has been am amazing year for them, together over 10-years, back on top of the charts with fifth studio album, Education, Education, Education and War and fresh from opening Glastonbury.
Lead singer Ricky, whose appearance as a judge on The Voice also gave the band a huge boost, said “I’m really excited, coming back up North feels like recharging my batteries. I can’t believe Hallam FM are 40”.
And the band, whose hits include I Predict A Riot, Oh My God and Everyday I Love You Less and Less, say that gives them a perfect excuse to play their biggest hits of all, 2007 number one, Ruby.
“It would be remiss of us to not play that,” laughed keyboard player Nick ‘Peanut’ Baines, who joined bassist Simon Rix for an exclusive chat with The Star.
“We still enjoy playing it. That’s the ultimate feedback that you want from the crowd. You see them singing the lines from the songs.
“We’ll be doing a few tracks. I don’t think we’ll have time to play one song from each album. We’ll play a couple of hits and possibly a couple of new ones.
“The crowd there is going to be different to what we are used to as well. But it still shows our music works across all kinds of levels and all sorts of crowds.
“We’re spoiled for choice really what songs to play in that short little set.”
He added: “You can become a global band - there is an identity within most bands, if they are formed within one city, there is an identity there that means whenever you play near your home town there’s an extra spark.”
Simon, backstage with Peanut for our chat before playing to thousands of fans at Doncaster Racecourse, the night after wowing Glastonbury, added: “This year we’ve been doing a lot of things we did early on in our career again - Glastonbury was a big moment for us back in 2005.
“We wanted to play on the big stage as well as the tent. The tent is great because you can get a really good vibe going. There’s the lights and all the stuff you see on the telly.
“But playing outside at Glastonbury, with just a huge field of people is an amazing feeling.”
Ricky on TV’s The Voice appeared the cool, calm, perfect gent - but on stage he jumps and climbs about, sometimes throwing himself into the crowd - acting like a member of hit, The Angry Mob.
So which is the real Ricky? Simon says: “They are both the real him
“We are quite an interesting band really - most of us are a little bit shy. Ricky is quiet and what you see on The Voice is what he’s like when we are hanging around.
“But when we all go on stage it’s where we feel at home, in front of people. The energy that we create, as a band, is why people come to see us. That’s why we’re a good live band - letting off steam. Hallam FM’s Breakfast show host Big John, who will present with other DJs and pals, said: “It’s Hallam FM’s 40th birthday this year and we are doing lots of amazing things - one is to book this huge party, for one night only, at the Motorpoint Arena, with live music from today’s biggest stars.
“We want everyone to celebrate with us. So bring as many mates as you want. The more the merrier!”
* Summer Live tickets, bought from the Arena in person, are £26.25 and £36.75, with a limited number of premium tickets at £73.50. Prices are £27.50, £38.50 and £77 when calling 0114 256 5656, or online at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk. Also see The Star’s entertainments and listings web site www.wow24.co.uk and www.hallamfm.com/summerlive.