Kasabian Band

Music Review: Kasabian’s Return to Glasgow ★★★★★

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Kasabian graced the stage at Glasgow’s OVO Hydro on Bonfire night for the first time in over a year.

The band seem to be doing well without ex-frontman Tom Meighan. Sergio “Serge” Pizzorno has since stepped up and become the band’s vocalist and songwriter. 

There were worries about whether the band would sound the same as they previously did and it’s safe to say they sounded great, if not better. 

Why did Tom leave Kasabian?

Tom Meighan, the former frontman, left the band after being charged with assault against his partner Vicki Ager.

Meighan pled guilty to one case of assault and was charged with 200 hours of unpaid work.  

The day before Meighan’s trial took place the band tweeted about their frontman stepping down.

“Tom has struggled with personal issues that have affected his behaviour for quite some time and now wants to concentrate all his energies on getting his life back on track. We will not be commenting further.”

The hope of overcoming the controversy came in the form of new music and a new set of tour dates.

It was up to Serg to step up and become the new voice of Kasabian. As the singer, writer and guitarist had written most of the band’s songs, it made the transition sound smoother.

However, fans have been concerned about the change and this tour has proved all worries to be wrong.

Throughout October, the four men have travelled across the country wowing fans with their brand-new tunes. At their final date in Glasgow, they made sure that everyone was aware that everything was flowing like it used to. 

Kasabain’s performance at the OVO Hydro

The band kicked off the concert with one of their fast-paced new tracks ROCKET FUEL.
It came from their new seventh studio album The Alchemist’s Euphoria.

Kasabian performed a good mix of old and new tracks to cater to long-term fans. 

Sergio’s stage presence was electric as it seemed he conducted the crowd with ease. People were in awe at his dance moves in his funky giraffe trousers and his massive parker as he sang his heart out. 

During the set, the band slowed it down to perform classics from their first album such as Processed Beat and Cut Off.

The stage had a comical bus top while all four men sat and performed their old tunes. It was a very bittersweet moment. 

Although it was nice to hear the old songs being performed again, it was sad to remember why Tom wasn’t there and that the band won’t look the same.

Sergio Pizzorno, bassist Chris Edwards, drummer Ian Matthews and guitarist Tim Carter’s performance of fan favourite Fire made this thought quickly leave. The men put their heart and soul into the performance and the audience loved it. 

The crowd was as rowdy as usual with red flairs being set off and beer flying everywhere. The Kasabian concert didn’t feel any different than the others.

The boys were officially back in business. 

Kasabian’s seventh studio album is now available on streaming services. The men will be returning to Scotland at TRNSMT in July.

Featured Image Credit – The Guardian

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Music Editor of Brig Newspaper. 3rd year film, media and journalism student.

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