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.
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.
Contractors uncovered an ancient roundhouse, believed to be several thousand years old, on Friday (May 29th) while preparing the site for the festival.
The recent archaeological discovery at the new site of the T In The Park festival will not prevent the weekend-long event from going ahead, experts have confirmed.
Contractors preparing the site near Strathallan Castle came across what archaeological experts believe to be a 3,000 year old roundhouse, and works were immediately put on hold while the structure was examined.
The festival’s organisers, DF Concerts, had feared that the discovery would force them to delay or perhaps cancel this year’s festival, due to be held in July. Archaeological discoveries frequently hold back construction projects all over the world.
Continue reading: Archaeological Discovery Will Not Prevent 'T In The Park' Go-Ahead
Endangered birds and local opposition had threatened to derail the move to the new site at Strathallan Castle, but the local council gave the organisers the nod on Tuesday.
Following an uncertain few weeks, T In The Park has been given the go-ahead for its new site at Strathallan Castle.
The BBC reported that a 90 minute meeting of the Perth and Kinross Council on Tuesday resulted in unanimous support for the application submitted by DF Concerts, which lasts for three years and is subject to a handful of conditions.
Calvin Harris is one of the big names at this year's T In The Park
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Tom Meighan, Sergio Pizzorno, Chris Edwards and Kasabian - Burberry 'London in Los Angeles' event held at Griffith Observatory - Arrivals at Griffith Observatory - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 16th April 2015
Ospreys are reported to have built a nest within the noise disturbance 'buffer zone' that the law is required to enforce, leaving T In The Park hanging in the balance.
The annual T In The Park festival in Scotland is under threat of cancellation if the local council for its proposed new site at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire fails to approve its application.
Opposition to the move from environmental protestors has been gathering momentum following a recent report that nesting ospreys had arrived within a proposed 2,500 feet ‘buffer zone’ designed by law to protect such species.
Kasabian are set to headline T In The Park - but will it even go ahead?
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Kasabian and Calvin Harris are heading to V Festival 2015
Calvin Harris and Kasabian have been announced as headliners for this year's V Festival. The Scottish DJ and Leicester rockers were head up the bill at Hylands Park and Weston Park and will be joined by Sam Smith, James Bay, Ellie Goulding, The Script, George Ezra, Stereophonics, Olly Murs, Ella Henderson, Kodaline and Cvhrches.
Kasabian will headline this year's V Festival
Simon Moran, V Festival director, said: "We wanted to champion British talent at this year's festival and with the likes of Calvin and Kasabian leading the way we don't think it'll disappoint. The eclectic mix of established artists and rising stars, with a few more in the pipeline, means that once again there is something for everyone at V Festival."
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T's new Perthshire home will welcome a group of amazing acts.
Amazing acts have been announced to perform at this year's T In The Park including Kasabian, Avicii and Fatboy Slim. Despite notorious festivals to match up to, it is looking very likely that this year that T in the Park will blow people away.
T in the Park has moved to it new home in the grounds of Strathallan Castle. Organisers DF Concerts and Tennent's Lager are ecstatic about the festival's first year here, playing host to 85,000 fans this summer. Festival Director Geoff Ellis said: 'This year is going to be a very special one for T in the Park as we make the beautiful grounds of Strathallan Castle our new home, and we're thrilled that some of the biggest artists in the world will be joining us in this historic first year.'
Continue reading: T In the Park 2015 Announces Killer Line-Up For Its New Venue
The 'Rather Be' stars were recently called out by Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno as part of a reaction to their BRIT Awards snub.
Serge Pizzorno, guitarist and chief songwriter of the Leicester quartet, told The Independent last week that he was displeased at the group’s total lack of recognition at the upcoming Brit Awards. Despite scoring a fourth UK Number 1 album last year with 48:13, Kasabian received no nominations at all, which Pizzorno described as a “conspiracy” to “shut rock ‘n’ roll out.”
Clean Bandit were the target of Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno in a recent interview
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Kasabian will instead open the BAFTAs at the Royal Opera House.
Kasabian will play at this year's BAFTA's ceremony in London after being snubbed by the music industry's annual showcase, the Brit Awards. The Leicester rockers failed to receive a nomination for next month's awards ceremony, much to the bemusement of their diehard following.
Serge Pizzorno says Kasabian's BRITs snubbing is a conspiracy against rock
Sharp-eyed BAFTA producers were quickly on the case and invited Kasabian to open the show for their black-tie movie fest.
Continue reading: Is Kasabian's BRIT Snub Really a "Conspiracy" Against Rock?
The two acts are the latest announcements for Poland's summer festival.
The newest additions to Open'er Festival 2015 arrive in the form of Flume and Tom Odell, who are joining an already stellar line-up including Alt-J and Kasabian for some fantastic Polish fun this summer. Further additions are yet to be announced.
Australian electronic musician Flume and one of the UK's favourite singer-songwriters Tom Odell are the latest additions to the fourteenth Open'er Festival, held at Gdynia-Kosakowo Airport in Gdynia, Poland from July 1st - 4th 2015. They'll be playing alongside the likes of Main Stage acts Alt-J and Kasabian, Tent Stage musicians Jose Gonzalez and St. Vincent and Alter Stage visitors Swans.
The band cap an incredible 2014 with a total of eight nominations for the NME Awards in February next year.
As if we didn’t know it already, it’s been a very good year for Kasabian. In addition to a chart-topping album and a headline performance at Glastonbury, the group have been nominated for an impressive eight NME Awards.
The Leicester-based band have become arguably the biggest alternative rock band in Britain over the last decade, and this status is reflected by this massive haul of nominations. The band are in the running for: Best Band; Best Live Band; Best Track and Dance Floor Filler (both for lead single ‘Eez-Eh’); Best Music Film (Kasabian: Summer Solstice); ‘Music Moment of the Year’ (for their Glastonbury performance); Best Fan Community and, perhaps most importantly, Best Album for their fifth record 48:13 which was released back in June.
Kasabian (their lead singer Tom Meighan above) end a fantastic year with 8 NME Award nominations
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It seems someone on the production team may have a gripe against London.
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 than being an expression of the group's true feeling, Kasabian have now claimed the backdrop was simply a ‘production error’ and not anything to do with the band themselves.
Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno and Tom Meighan
Speaking to the NME, guitarist Serge Pizzorno said, “We were all shocked and certainly didn’t mean to offend anyone.” “The production team fucked up.” he continued. “There were supposed to be photos of mundane objects in that section but instead I turned around in the middle of [the song] 'Clouds' and couldn’t believe my eyes.”
Continue reading: So About That Kasabian 'All Londoners Are...' Backdrop...
30th July, 1997