British band Kaiser Chiefs realised the full extent of their rapid rise to stardom when they appeared on America's THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN - alongside Hollywood superstar Penelope Cruz.

The I PREDICT A RIOT rockers, who released their debut album EMPLOYMENT last month (MAR05), were reduced to nervous wrecks when they started to visualise all the legends of stage and screen that had appeared on the hit US TV show - and the millions of viewers that would be watching their performance.

Describing the experience in his diary, singer RICKY WILSON says, "I'm in the Letterman studio and I'm c**pping myself - someone just mentioned 25 million viewers and I went straight to the toilet.

"Penelope Cruz is on the show too. I'd like to think she's wangled it to be on the same day as us. The dressing room walls are covered with pictures of past guests - James Brown, Bob Dylan and THE Beatles.

"Things are getting so big for us it's kind of hard to comprehend somehow."

21/04/2005 17:20