Kaiser Chiefs Drummer Quits

Nick Hodgson (left) has quit Kaiser Chiefs
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Kaiser Chiefs drummer Nick Hodgson — who co-wrote all of the band's songs — has quit the band.

Hodgson tweeted: "I can confirm I have left Kaiser Chiefs after 15 spectacular years. I'm moving on. I wish the rest of the band the very best!"

Singer Ricky Wilson responded to the news by tweeting: "The door is on the latch and the key under the mat. X"

Bass player Simon Rix tweeted: "I can exclusively confirm we will still be collaborating on pints in pubs."

An official statement fom the band reads: "We can confirm that Nick has decided not to be in the band anymore and that our show at Reading Festival in August was his last as a member of Kaiser Chiefs."

Kaiser Chiefs burst onto the scene in 2005 with Employment, their stunning debut album that featured singles 'I Predict A Riot', 'Everyday I Love You Less And Less' and 'Oh My God'. Since then, they've continued to rack up chart hits, but have suffered from diminishing returns. Their last studio album, The Future Is Medieval, was particularly poorly received.

Regardless, the band just released a singles collection — Souvenir: The Singles — and will open the new Leeds Arena in September next year.

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