Ricky Wilson (British musician)
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Wilson at Greenville Festival in 2013
|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|
Charles Richard "Ricky" Wilson (born 17 January 1978) is the lead singer of English band Kaiser Chiefs, a five piece band from Menston and Guiseley in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Their successful songs include "Ruby", "I Predict a Riot", "Never Miss a Beat", "Oh My God" and "Everyday I Love you Less and Less".
Before the formation of the Kaiser Chiefs in 1996, Wilson was a member of the band Runston Parva (later known as Parva).
Early life and career
Wilson was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire. He attended Leeds Boys Grammar School and was in Smeaton house and Ghyll Royd for primary school. 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 occasionally 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 BBC Two 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.
In 2010, he appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 in a background role as Dirk Cresswell in a scene at the Ministry of Magic. Between November 2012 and January 2013, Wilson took on the role of the Artilleryman in the staged musical, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – The New Generation.
On 19 September 2013, Wilson confirmed he would replace Danny O'Donoghue as a coach on the third series of The Voice UK alongside will.i.am, Tom Jones and fellow new coach Kylie Minogue, who replaced Jessie J. In February, Katy B also appeared on the BBC as Ricky's team mentor.
- "'The Voice' UK: Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson confirmed as fourth coach". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- "Kaiser Chiefs star Ricky Wilson joins The Voice". BBC News Online. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- "ShockWaves NME Awards 2006". Retrieved 23 January 2012.
- Interview with Ricky Wilson, Kaiser Chiefs — Enjoyment (Universal Island, DVD Video, 2005)
- "Kaiser Chiefs singer breaks his leg and it nearly fell off". Retrieved 23 January 2012.
- Wightman, Catriona (25 February 2014). "The Voice: Katy B, Tinie Tempah, more join as mentors - pictures". Retrieved 8 March 2014.
- 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'