KASABIAN // O2 FORUM KENTISH TOWN, LONDON

KASABIAN PLAY THREE SOLD OUT RESIDENCY SHOWS AT KENTISH TOWN'S O2 FORUM

KASABIAN PERFORMING AT LONDON'S O2 FORUM KENTISH TOWN - 19/04/2017
PICTURE BY: NICI EBERL PHOTOGRAPHY (O2 FORUM HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHER)

On the 19th April we saw the second of three residency intimate Kasabian gigs hosted at the O2 Forum Kentish Town, London in support of their new album 'For Crying Out Loud', which is due for release on May 5th. 

Safe to say, the gig was something special. Lead guitarist, songwriter and lead singer 'Serge Pizzorno' and 'Tom Meighan' took their Brit rock paladins sceptre and held it with pride.  At the performance at the Forum, the 2,000-strong crowd jumped in excitement so vigorously throughout the set that the entire auditorium wouldn’t stop shaking.

Their latest single, Comeback Kid, is pretty much the best possible opener they could have come up with. As the lights went down and the crowd started to cheer, the epic trumpet intro welcomed the band on stage as they launched into their 90-minute show. “Here we stand, side by side” resonated like a testament to a great rock act. (Meighan referred to his bandmate as “my beautiful wife” later in the set).

The setlist was ridiculously rich hits: Bumblebeee sent the Kentish Town venue  into an uncontrollable state of frenzy, heightened by heavy use of strobe lights. "Thanks London, you are better than last night," said Meighan and it's not a surprise. While the first concert in a series of gigs is clearly the favourite for press, the best show usually comes on the next evening when the performers are settled.

Underdog and Eezh-Eh followed, with the latter being a true crowd inciter – and it got way more fun as the rockers mashed it up with Daft Punk’s 97 hit Around the World. With pride they presented the first single of their new album, I’m in Love with a Psycho. It’s clear the band went for a back-to-basics approach, with less aggressive sounds, more focus on the melodies and also clear punk elements that became apparent when they played Bless This Acid House – clearly a summer single style song.

SERGE PIZZORNO OF 'KASABIAN' PERFORMING AT LONDON'S O2 FORUM KENTISH TOWN
PICTURE BY: NICI EBERL PHOTOGRAPHY (O2 FORUM HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHER)

However, the highlight of the night was Serge Pizzorno's solo performance with backing band performing 'La Fée Verte', one of the most Lennon-esque tracks of the Leicester four-piece, with the live string-quartet emerging from the background. Song hasn't been performed in many years since their 2011 release 'Velociraptor!'.

Setlist also included 'Club Foot', the ultimate Kasabian song. With its dry, repetitive, obsessive melody and beat, it’s the emblem of a new (yes, still feels new 13 years since its release) but timeless English rock.

TOM MEIGHAN OF 'KASABIAN' PERFORMING AT LONDON'S O2 FORUM KENTISH TOWN
PICTURE BY: NICI EBERL PHOTOGRAPHY (O2 FORUM HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Meighan wore a pinstripe suit (and funny white sunglasses), stylish but not as punk-rock as Pizzorno’s white tee, jeans – and Rickenbacker 481 SF. “Sergio, Sergio,” chanted the Forum throughout the night. 

It’s hard not to mention everything they played from the killer riff of Re-Wired to the super 90s/Tim Wheeler-inspired chorus of Bless This Acid House. Unsurprisingly, Lost Souls Forever, Vlad the Impaler and Fire were the peaks of the final part of the show. Fire, in particular, brought madness to the stalls.

Alongside Coldplay and Muse, Kasabian are the best live band Britain has to offer today. Catch them while you can.

SETLIST - O2 FORUM KENTISH TOWN - 19/04/2017
 

  • COMEBACK KID
  • BUMBLEBEEE
  • UNDERDOG
  • EEZ-EH (WITH 'AROUND THE WORLD' - DAFT PUNK COVER)
  • SHOOT THE RUNNER
  • YOU'RE IN LOVE WITH A PSYCHO
  • CLUBFOOT
  • LA FEE VERTE
  • RE-WIRED
  • BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE
  • TREAT
  • EMPIRE
  • III RAY (THE KING)
  • L.S.F (LOST SOULS FOREVER)
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  • STEVIE
  • VLAD THE IMPALER
  • FIRE

KASABIAN - 'FOR CRYING OUT LOUD TOUR' CONTINUES

APRIL 22 - The Olympia Theatre - Dublin, Ireland
JUNE 21 - InMusic Festival - Zagreb, Croatia
JUNE 24 - Metronome Festival - Prague, Czech Republic
JULY 01 - Bobital Festival - Bobital, France
JULY 05 - Ollesummer Festival - Tallinn, Estonia
JULY 08 - TRNSMT Festival - Glasgow, Scotland
JULY 10 - Montreux Jazz Festival - Montreux, Switzerland
JULY 13-16 - FIB Benicàssim Festival - Benicàssim, Spain
JULY 14 - Ejekt Festival - Athens, Greece
JULY 19 - Teatro Antico di Taormina - Taormina, Italy
JULY 21 - Ippodromo Le Capannelle - Rome, Italy
JULY 22 - Anfiteatro Camerini - Piazzola Sul Brenta, Italy
JULY 23 - Piazza Napoleone - Lucca, Italy
JULY 29 - Afisha Picnic - Moscow, Russian Federation
AUGUST 11 - Sziget Festival - Budapest, Hungary
AUGUST 18 - Summer Sonic - Osaka, Japan
AUGUST 23 - Custom House Square - Belfast, Northern Ireland
AUGUST 25 - Reading Festival 2017 - Reading, UK
AUGUST 26 - Leeds Festival 2017 - Leeds, UK
OCTOBER 30 - Tonhalle - Munich, Germany
OCTOBER 31 - Columbiahalle - Berlin, Germany
NOVEMBER 01 - Mehr Theater - Hamburg, Germany
NOVEMBER 03 - Mediolanum Forum - Milan, Italy
NOVEMBER 04 - Gasometer - Vienna, Austria
NOVEMBER 05 - Halle 622 - Zürich - Switzerland
NOVEMBER 07 - Palladium - Cologne, Germany
NOVEMBER 09 - AFAS Live - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
NOVEMBER 10 - Forest National - Forest, Belgium
NOVEMBER 11 - Le Zenith - Paris, France

REVIEW BY: CALUM BUCHAN
PHOTOS BY: NICI EBERL PHOTOGRAPHY