Chicago Loves British Band The Kooks

The Kooks
The Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
October 11, 2008

The Kooks The Riviera Theatre - Chicago, IL

Luke Pritchard (singer/guitarist)

I honestly don’t know how this band does it. I have seen The Kooks the past two times they’ve stopped in Chicago on tour and both shows were sold out! The first time I was introduced to The Kooks was back in May at The Vic Theatre. I had never heard any of their songs (nor had I ever heard of them!) and had no idea what I was getting myself into. However, I was going because it was free and my cousin Emily invited me since she had an extra ticket at the last minute. But what I have learned from Emily is that she has the BEST taste in music and ALWAYS knows what’s new in music months before I do, which is pretty impressive since I consider myself very “in the know” about all upcoming artists and songs. She has introduced me to MGMT, The Kooks, The Dandy Warhols and many more bands that I had previously never heard of before she invited me to their shows with her. From now on, I have learned to always catch a show for an artist that she recommends. I know that I will walk out of the show buying that band’s album at their merch table. In the case of The Kooks last May, I went straight home and bought their latest album Konk (Bonus Track Version) on iTunes based on the ridiculously catchy songs the band played just hours before. I was hooked and a fan for life. The Kooks are just plain old fun to watch and their music makes you happy, if nothing else. Luke (lead vocals) played alone on stage with an acoustic guitar for the first three songs of the band’s five song encore.

A TON more photos and the set list after the jump!

The Kooks The Riviera Theatre - Chicago, ILHugh Harris (lead guitarist)

The Kooks The Riviera Theatre - Chicago, ILMax Rafferty (bassist)

The Kooks The Riviera Theatre - Chicago, ILPaul Garred (drummer)

The Kooks The Riviera Theatre - Chicago, IL

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Comments

  1. Michelle says:

    This was the most amazing experience of my life.

    They were so amazing live! Being a huge fan, I expected them to sound good… but they were honestly amazing. The sound and show were great… if you don’t know them, you need to & if you have the opportunity, you need to go.

    amazing amazing amazing show.
    (love it…. LOOOVE IT) haha.

    Awesome pics jen!!

  2. Andy Keil says:

    This really was a great show, one of the longest encores that I’ve ever seen. These pictures are fantastic.

  3. Katie says:

    that isn’t max it’s pete. :(
    and that’s not paul, it’s nick :(
    they’re filling in. max is out supposedly for good and paul has tennis elbow.

    Best night of my life

  4. Gisela says:

    I wish I would have gone to this show. It sounded awesome with a 5 song encore and all!

    I went to see them when they played the Metro for their first album and they were awesome!

  5. Daria says:

    Are you sure that it is their drummer?
    It’s not Paul!!!

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