Ricky Wilson (British musician)
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|Birth name||Charles Richard Wilson|
17 January 1978 |
Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
|Genres||Indie rock, post-punk revival, new wave|
|Associated acts||Kaiser Chiefs, Parva|
Ricky Wilson (born Charles Richard Wilson, 17 January 1978) is the lead singer of English band Kaiser Chiefs, a 5-piece band from Leeds, United Kingdom. With songs including the Number 1 UK & European airplay hit of 2007 “Ruby”, “I Predict A Riot”, “Never Miss A Beat” and “Oh My God” amongst their most successful.
Before the formation of the Kaiser Chiefs in 1996, Wilson was a member of the band Runston Parva, later known as Parva with his band mates.
Early life 
Character and style 
During the early days of Kaiser Chiefs, Wilson was well known for wearing stripy blazers, waistcoats, turn-up jeans and winkle picker shoes, a style that won him the Shockwaves NME Award For Best Dressed Person in 2006. Lately, he has adopted a more casual dress code.
Wilson is well known for his energetic stage presence, climbing scaffolding, standing on the safety barrier and at times crowd surfing. Of crowd surfing, Wilson says he likes to "get out and see the crowd, see what they smell like". Such exploits have occassionally resulted in injury, such as torn ankle ligaments after jumping off stage during a concert in Portugal.
Outside of Kaiser Chiefs 
Wilson has twice been a guest on the BBC2 television show Never Mind the Buzzcocks, firstly in 2005 as a panellist and then as a guest host in 2006. He also featured on the panel of the BBC Television comedy series Shooting Stars in 2009.
In 2008, he appeared in Peter Kay's talent show parody Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice in a duet with the show's protagonist, Geraldine McQueen.
Between November 2012 and January 2013, Wilson took on the role of the Artilleryman in the staged reworking of Jeff Wayne's musical version of The War of the Worlds, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – The New Generation
- Ricky Wilson at the Internet Movie Database
- Gigshot.co.uk - Kaiser Chiefs at Paradiso Amsterdam, 29 May 2007
- NME.com - ShockWaves NME Awards 2006: Full list of winners
- NME.com - Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson: 'I turned down the chance to be a judge on "The Voice"'
- NME.com - Kaiser Chief's Ricky Wilson opens up about his role in 'The War Of The Worlds'