Kasabian

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Kasabian (formed 1999)

Kasabian is an alternative rock band, originally from Leicester, England. The original line-up of the band consisted of Tom Meighan on vocals, Sergio Pizzorno on guitar and vocals, Chris Edwards on bass, Chris Karloff on keyboards and guitar and Ash Hannis on drums. Hannis left after the debut album was released. He was replaced by Ian Matthews. Chris Karloff was also asked to leave the band around this time. Jay Mehler was his replacement.

Kasabian: Formation & Early Years

The members of Kasabian met whilst they were attending Leysland High School and Countesthorpe Community College in Leicestershire.

The band's name comes from Linda Kasabian. She was the girl who drove the getaway car in the Charles Bronson Tate / LaBianca murders. The original name chosen for the band was Saracuse. It was with that name that the band started recording material at Leicester's Bedrock Studios.

The band's debut album was self-titled and was released in September 2004 on Arista Records. Kasabian's first two single releases, 'Processed Beats' and 'Reason is Treason' achieved moderate success. It was not until the release of 'Club Foot', though, that they achieved chart success. The track reached number 21 in the UK charts.

Kasabian: Success

Following a performance on the 'Other Stage' at Glastonbury 2005, Kasabian began writing and recording their second album. Empire was released in August 2006 and by the time of its release, the band had seen two lineup changes. The title track from the album was released as the lead single and reached number nine in the UK singles charts. The next two singles were 'Shoot The Runner' and 'Me Plus One'. In October 2006, Kasabian recorded Live From Abbey Road at the infamous London studios that became famous when The Beatles recorded there.

At the 2007, NME Awards, Kasabian won the award for Best Live Act. That same year, they played the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, as well as performing as part of the Live Earth event, at Wembley Stadium. When they played at Edinburgh's Hogmany party, Oasis' Noel Gallagher joined them on guitar for the last three songs.

For their third album, Kasabian noted that Pink Floyd and particularly Syd Barrett had influenced the sound of the recordings. It was during these recordings that Jay Mehler joined as a permanent member. The title for the album was announced as West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum. Dan the Automator, best known for his work with Gorillaz, was chosen to produce the album. The video for 'Vlad the Impaler' featured Noel Fielding of The Mighty Boosh as a vampire slayer.

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So About That Kasabian 'All Londoners Are...' Backdrop...

22nd November 2014 -

 News

London based fans of Kasabian might have been left a little shocked (and offended) after a profane backdrop exclaiming “London is full of c**ts”, was projected on-stage during a recent gig in Glasgow. But rather...

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19th August 2014 -

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Kasabian - Kasabian In Conversation (Xperia Access)

30th July 2014 -

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Following the release of their number one album '48:13' this summer, Kasabian talk about their equally well-lauded recent homecoming gig in Leicester and their spectacular rise to fame during an on stage interview.

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21st July 2014 -

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Apple’s iTunes Festival 2014 isn’t until September, but there are already some awesome performers lined up. Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue and Maroon 5 are all a part of this year’s lineup, which was announced...

Kasabian - Bumblebeee [Live]

18th July 2014 -

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Kasabian perform a live rendition of their new track 'Bumblebeee' at their Summer Solstice homecoming gig which took place this summer at Leicester's Victoria Park. The song features on their current album '48:13'.

Kasabian - Road To Lestah

17th July 2014 -

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'Road To Lestah' is the new video from Kasabian, who released their fourth consecutive UK number one album this year with '48:13'.

Kasabian - Leicester July 2014 Live Review

10th July 2014 -

 Review

Never backward in proclaiming their own worth, it's safe to say that Kasabian have always had an aura about them. From their early days as vaguely trip-hop based act Saracuse, they always envisioned that one...

Glastonbury Festival Goers Told To "Prepare For Rape" By BBC

26th June 2014 -

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Glastonbury Festival goers were warned to "prepare for rape" by a subtitle blunder during the weather report on BBC News at Ten. The weatherman told the audience to "prepare for rain" but the caption instead...

Glastonbury Weather 2014: It's Going to Rain. Loads.

23rd June 2014 -

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Glastonbury festivalgoers are famously robust whatever the weather, packing willies, umbrellas and waterproof ponchos to ensure their heads don’t drop should the heaven decide to open. It Could Be A Muddy Glastonbury Festival. Photo: Getty...

Kasabian Frontman Tom Meighan Ran Over His Own Father. True Story.

20th June 2014 -

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Tom Meighan, the frontman of Glastonbury headliners Kasabian, has spoke of knocking down his own father with a car in a bizarre accident in a Leicester car park.Serge Pizzorno from Kasabian [Credit: WENN] According to...

Enter Our Once-In-A-Lifetime Ticket Giveaway For Kasabian's Homecoming Gig

16th June 2014 -

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Take advantage of our latest ticket giveaway as we team up with Xperia Access From Sony to get one lucky winner a chance to see Kasabian live - and much more!Kasabian are currently on their...

Metallica Will Be "Fantastic" At Glastonbury, Says Kasabian's Tom Meighan

13th June 2014 -

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Tom Meighan, lead singer of rock band Kasabian, has offered his two cents regarding the fuss that's been surrounding Metallica headlining at Glastonbury Festival. There has been a heated debate over whether the heavy metal...

Billy Bragg Likens Kasabian's Swagger to Spinal Tap's Satire

11th June 2014 -

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Kasabian were the subject of derision when they chose to divulge the lyrics, "Horsemeat in the burgers, people commit murders, everyone’s on bugle, we’re being watched by Google" early. They eventually revised those lyrics for...

Kasabian - eez-eh

30th April 2014 -

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With their upcoming album '48:13' (named so for its running time) due for release on June 9th 2014 through Sony Music, Kasabian have now delivered a video for its first single 'Eez-Eh'. The band are...

A Week In News: 'Noah' Conjures A Box Office Miracle, Glastonbury Line-Up Revealed, And 'How I Met Your Mother' Bids Farewell

4th April 2014 -

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Nice Work, 'Noah': Darren Aronofsky's latest epic, Noah, was released last weekend and managed to triumph at its debut box office with $44 million, despite all the negative publicity regarding religious condemnation and middling reviews....

Could This Be The Lineup For Glastonbury Festival 2014?

27th February 2014 -

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Some acts may still be rumours and others are yet to be confirmed, but we have a strong suspicion that this is what the Glastonbury Festival Lineup for 2014 will end up looking like! Eek,...

Bruce Serenades His Mother At Hard Rock Calling Festival: What A Mummy's Boy!

2nd July 2013 -

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In a Streisand-style family affair, US rocker Bruce Springsteen has introduced crowds of fans to family members whilst on stage. During his Sunday headline slot at last weekend's Hard Rock Calling festival, Springsteen invited his...

Hard Rock Calling: Fans Answer In Their Thousands To See Springsteen & Kasabian

1st July 2013 -

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In Somerset, Glastonbury was in full swing but further East a different festival drew its own thousands. Rock fans flocked to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London's Stratford to attend Hard Rock Calling: a...

Kasabian - Royal Albert Hall 22nd March 2013 Live Review

27th March 2013 -

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Each year the Teenage Cancer Trust puts on a series of gigs, and each year the line-up is equally impressive. Needless to say, with Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn, Primal Scream, Russell Brand and Kasabian on...

NME Nominations Leave Rolling Stones Happy: 'Ooh, blimey! That's very nice!'' says Jagger

22nd January 2013 -

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Perennial rock stars The Rolling Stones gave a rather un-rock 'n roll response to learning that they had been nominated for Best Live Band, Best Book, Music Moment of The Year and Best Music Film...

Kasabian - Velociraptor!

10th October 2011 -

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Kasabian - Brixton Academy 19/08/10

20th August 2010 -

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Kasabian's headline slot at V this weekend has taken something of a backseat with The Libertines impending reunion at Reading/Leeds the following weekend. Both booked in warm up shows in smaller than usual venues. Both...

Oasis - Wembley Stadium, London

13th July 2009 -

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Review of Oasis live at Wembley Stadium with support from Kasabian, Reverend and The Makers and The Enemy on Sunday July 13, 2009.They've been written off on a countless number of occasions, but a look...

Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

22nd June 2009 -

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Review of Kasabian's album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic AsylumKasabian are a funny animal, back in 2005 they exploded onto the scene with their amazing self titled album, that had anthems such as 'Club Foot' 'Reason...

Kasabian, Video Interview The Brit Awards 2007

9th February 2007 -

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Kasabian - Empire

28th September 2006 -

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Kasabian - Empire

4th September 2006 -

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Kasabian, Video Interview

31st August 2006 -

 Interview

Kasabian - Brixton Academy

23rd August 2006 -

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Kasabian, Empire, Video

2nd August 2006 -

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KasabianEmpireVideoKasabian release their new single 'Empire' through Columbia Records on 24th July & 21st August. Empire is taken from the band's forthcoming album of the same name, out on 28th August. Recorded at Rockfield Studios...

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Kasabian, Video Interview The Brit Awards 2007

9th February 2007

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31st August 2006

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Klamusique

Why would Kasabian feel the need to insult other artists, bands and soloists? If they feel Emo is influencing teens to become depressed, I think they are wrong. This is because people of any age,sex,race and/or so on....will gravitate towards music and topics that interest them and music they can relate towards and with....music is the universal expression of many emotions, feelings and events...etc, etc and so forth....and to deny that there is sadness, heartache, disaster and pain in our world and lives would be non-human. The irony that they are being extremely negative in criticizing other performers-- who obviously have a large fan base-- shows that Kasabian has what I consider the unappealing many-eyed monster of jealousy, lacking respect and professionalism. Sure, even the 'hating method' used in the media helps to involve Kasabian in being promoted and they may find some of the public may not enjoy the artists whom they slam, but this is setting the example of what appears a 'poor sport' or in this case, a poor example for a group of musicians --who are most likely intimidated by the popularity, success, talents and gifts of other dedicated, hard working music creators-- those diverse in genre and styles who honestly give more than 100% to their fans. I hope they mature, admit their comment is harsh, biased and see the entire picture by realizing that it is possible to not enjoy listening to other people's music, voices and songs without insulting them personally and appreciate instead the intensely hard work that went into the creative process. The kind positive thing would be to apologize to everyone they insulted and show some maturity and class. Hopefully, this is a rumor and not truely what they believe and if not then they may continue with their evidentially bloated egos and irrate irrational and superficial ideals that claim others have no right to be shown the respect they deserve especially in such a difficult industry as the music one.

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suenic

just like to say that i,m a 47 year mother of 4,and i love your latest album(empire)my son is in a group called SOLWAY i hope this year they will get noticed.they all went to see you,s at the newcastle arena and said how brill you,s were,and tom said always keep on going with your band as something might come along.it really meant something to my son(jamie) and his band to hear that.it gives them hope.they are on myspace.com/solway if you want to listen to them.i hope to see you,s playing one day.maybe solway as your support group.hee hee.love sue nic

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Denis H

I live in Denver, Colorado. I've never heard of Kasabian. Having read what they said about the Rolling Stones, I don't think I want to. They couldn't carry the RS jock strap. They ought to thank the RS every day for pioneering into Rock and Roll. I'll bet in 20 years the stations will still be playing RS music and not Kasabians.

8 years 2 months ago
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They are quick to criticize other bands, well here's my opinion of Kasabian...You need to finish the signing lesson you obviously walked away from years ago. You dissed a band that long time ago set the tone for Rock-n-roll bands everywhere. Obviously you missed that part of the training.......

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