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Kaiser Chief returns to action
By Greg Cochrane
Newsbeat music reporter

Kaiser Chiefs
Kaiser Chiefs are now reunited after Peanut's illness

Kaiser Chiefs' keyboardist Peanut has spoken for the first time about the bout of appendicitis which left him hospitalised this month.

He was taken ill in Sao Paulo during the band's South American tour on 6 November.

He subsequently missed a tour date in North America, a television appearance with John McCain and a video shoot.

"I felt like I had indigestion or heartburn," he said."Ten hours later my appendix was out."

Exploding appendix

Doctors rushed to treat the keyboard player after he complained of chest and side pains.

"I felt like I had indigestion or heart burn and they said, 'We've got a doctor on call we'll get them out'.

"And about 10 hours later my appendix was out and I was in hospital in Brazil under the knife."

He also admitted to not knowing a great deal about the illness: "I started Googling a few things. When it bursts you can literally die from it within a couple of hours. I'm glad we caught it early."

Whilst in hospital the rest of the band continued with touring and television commitments, including the shoot for new video Good Days Bad Days.

"It's weird because I'm not in it [the video]. There's a little sign on my keyboard saying 'gone to hospital be back in five minutes'. I'm there in spirit."

Kaisers Chiefs' new video

He also missed an appearance the group made on American TV show Tonight With Jay Leno, alongside presidential candidate John McCain.

"I was asleep when they were on TV," he admitted. "I'm sure they got to say hello [to McCain] but they haven't given me any stories yet."

Indeed, without permission to fly the rest of the band also travelled to Los Angeles to continue playing shows without Peanut.

"It was quite a weird feeling because we've never done a gig with any one of us missing," he said.

With dates scheduled in Japan in the coming days Peanut has now been reunited with the rest of the band.

Kaiser Chiefs will return play one final UK date at London's Brixton Academy on 2 December before beginning their Europe arena tour in January 2009.

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