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.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

Thousands Gather To Celebrate Leicester City FC Premier League Title Win

Leicester City FC , Kasabian - Thousands gather to celebrate Leicester City FC Premier League title win - Leicester, United Kingdom - Monday 16th May 2016

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Leicester City Fc and Kasabian
Leicester City Fc and Kasabian
Leicester City Fc and Kasabian

Kasabian Play At Leicester City F.C Champions Parade Show

Kasabian - Kasabian play at Leicester City F.C Champions parade show in Victoria Park after the players had been on stage to show off the premier league trophy to their fans at Victoria Park - Leicester, United Kingdom - Monday 16th May 2016


Kasabian Announce Plans For Huge Celebration Gig At Leicester City's Stadium

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Leicester City fans Kasabian have announced plans for a huge, one-off gig at the club’s stadium next month, in celebration of the team’s extraordinary season.

The Midlands football club, known as the Foxes, stand on the brink of one of the most astonishing and unlikely achievements in sporting history, as the 5,000-1 rank outsiders are just one victory away from winning the English Premier League.

However, win or lose – and it seems increasingly likely that it will be a win – the indie rock group, who hail from the city, will perform in front of 30,000 fans at the club’s King Power Stadium on May 28th. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (April 30th).

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Kasabian In Leicester

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Idris Elba Delighted With Tom Meighan's Drunk Singing

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The British star brought in the Club Foot rocker to sing on Sinner Man, a track from his new album Murdah Loves John, which is inspired by his role in U.K. TV series Luther.

Idris was initially worried as Tom had been partying before he arrived to record his contribution to the track, but his collaborator managed to shrug off the effects of his pre-session drinks.

"For Sinner Man we got Tom from Kasabian on vocals," Idris tells British newspaper the Daily Star. "The session was a weird session as Tom came in completely off his face and was stumbling around the studio. He started to sing but he wasn't really in the pocket."

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Serge Pizzorno Wins Cameo Role In British Tv Drama

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The Club Foot hitmaker will make his television acting debut playing a DJ at a rave, ditching his usual rock look for a '90s-style baggy yellow T-shirt and bucket hat.

Actor Thomas Turgoose reveals series creator Shane Meadows recruited musicians to spin the decks to get the cast energised for the rave scenes, and Pizzorno ended up with a cameo.

He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "We had Serge from Kasabian DJing, so we had him dressed up in '90s clobber (clothes), and he was an extra."

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Sam Smith Working On Second LP

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Sam Smith is heading into the studio to record his second LP.

The 'Lay Me Down' hitmaker told festival-goers at Virgin Media's V Festival in Chelmsford, Essex on Saturday (22.08.15) that the festival is the last UK date he will play before he begins work on the follow-up to his debut album 'In The Lonely Hour'.

Before launching into hit single 'Stay With Me', he told the crowd: ''V Festival is one of my favourite festivals to play. I will be heading into the studio to make my second album, so V is the last UK dates before I go and make my second record.''

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Kasabian Star Backs Raunchy Video Ban

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The U.K. government has announced it will bring in a ratings system to give pop promos an age restriction, but as it only affects British stars, notoriously raunchy U.S. acts such as Miley Cyrus and Rihanna will be unaffected.

British rocker Meighan is worried that his young daughter will copy some of the antics depicted in videos, and wants to see the ratings scheme extended overseas.

He tells the U.K.'s Daily Mirror newspaper, "They need to put controls on. I've got a three year old daughter and when there is someone dancing like a stripper, you know, she is three years old... But the kids will get to it no matter what. But then they copy it and pick it up. I don't want my daughter doing that."

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Kasabian Want Own Record Label

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Kasabian want to set up a record label.

The 'Eez-Eh' rockers have revealed they're keen to set up their own company so they can start signing new bands as they want to encourage a wave of outspoken acts.

Guitarist Sergio Pizzorno, 34, told The Sun newspaper: ''I'd like to one day. I think about it more and more as we go deeper into this, that I'd like to. I can see what I think is missing.

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Steve Jones Parties With Kasabian

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Steve Jones partied with Kasabian at V Festival.

The Welsh television presenter was seen soaking up the sun alongside the rock group's Sergio Pizzorno at yesterday's (22.08.15) event in Chelmsford, not long after he took to the decks for an exclusive DJ set for the Carling Game On area.

The 'Young, Free & Single' host was joined by his stunning wife Phylicia as they played some tracks from the DJ booth whilst enjoying a pint of Carling.

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Kasabian's Tribute To Cilla Black

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Kasabian paid tribute to Cilla Black as they headlined V Festival.

The 'Days Are Forgotten' hitmakers dedicated their track 'Goodbye Kiss' to the late showbiz legend as they performed at the Virgin Media-sponsored festival in Chelmsford last night (22.08.15).

However, the tribute was met with mixed reactions from their fans.

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V Festival Day 1

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Noel Gallagher: Rock 'n' Roll In Hibernation

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Noel Gallagher believes rock 'n' roll is ''in hibernation''.

The 'Ballad of the Mighty I' singer thinks the genre is currently experiencing a lull because he can't see any new bands emerging who are as good as rockers such as Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian who launched over a decade ago.

Asked if rock 'n' roll is dead, he said: ''Not as long as I'm still going, it's f**king not!

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Man Dies At Scottish Music Festival

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The man, aged 36, was found at the event's campsite at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire, and the cause of death has not yet been determined.

The festival started on Friday (09Jul15) and finishes on Sunday (12Jul15), and has featured acts such as Kasabian, The Libertines, Mark Ronson, The Prodigy, and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

A spokesman for T In The Park says, "We are extremely saddened by this news, and our thoughts are with the family at this time."

Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards

Kasabian, Ian Matthews, Chris Edwards, Sergio Pizzorno and Tom Meighan - Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 5th July 2015

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