Kaiser Chiefs drummer Nick Hodgson quits Leeds band

  • 5 December 2012
  • From the section Music
Nick Hodgson
Nick Hodgson (left) is the drummer and songwriter in the Leeds band

Kaiser Chiefs drummer and songwriter Nick Hodgson has announced he has left the group.

He revealed the news on Twitter, saying that he's moving on "after 15 spectacular years" with the Leeds rockers.

An official statement from the band confirmed that Hodgson's last show with the band was at the Reading festival in August.

Front man Ricky Wilson has said the band will continue.

Wilson tweeted a message saying: "We've all had a while to get used to it - we've got a bunch of shows next year and things are sounding great in the studio."

Tour planned

The band have a UK tour organised for February and March 2013.

They're also due to support Green Day on their UK stadium tour next summer.

In an official statement from the group confirmed they'll start work on their fifth studio album in January.

On Tumblr, Nick Hodgson wrote: "After 15 years with the band and having achieved such amazing things thanks to the support and loyalty of our fans, I have decided to leave and turn my attention to other areas within the world of music and to pursue new challenges.

"It has not been an easy decision and one that the boys and I have discussed throughout this year.

"The band have been incredibly supportive of my decision. I wish them all continued success."

Kaiser Chiefs are yet to reveal any news about Hodgson's replacement.

The band say they plan to continue.

The Kaiser Chiefs performing on Top of the Pops

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