Kaiser Chiefs Star Nick Hodgson Leaves The Band After 15 Years

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Nick Baines, Ricky Wilson, Nick Hodgson and Simon Rix of The Kaiser Chiefs | PA

Kaiser Chiefs star Nick Hodgson has quit the band after 15 years.

The drummer, backing vocalist and principal song-writer for the indie band anounced the news on Twitter on Tuesday. He wrote:

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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!

His bandmates expressed their support for his decision, pointing out there are no hard feelings about his departure.

Lead singer of the Leeds band Ricky Wilson tweeted:

Ricky Wilson
.@nickkaiserchief The door is on the latch and the key under the mat. X

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Nick Hodgson has left the Kaiser Chiefs

And bass player Simon Rix wished Hodgson luck:

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good luck to with his plans. i can exclusively confirm we will still be collaborating on pints in pubs.

Hodgson was with the band for six albums in total, including one in their pre-Kaiser Chiefs guise (Parva) and this year's compilation, 'Souvenir: The Singles 2004–2012'.

In 2010, he set up Chewing Gum Records with fellow Kaiser Chiefs member Rix. He has also written songs for Duran Duran and Shirley Bassey, working closely with DJ and producer Mark Ronson.

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