Club Foot hit makers Kasabian are ready to rumble with a knockout live show which has all the punch of a world championship boxing event, writes Graham Walker.
None other than rock champ himself, lead vocalist Tom Meighan.
In an exclusive chat - listen to it in full here at audioboom.com/SheffieldStar - the 33-year-old says the band, in Sheffield next week, really will come out smashing all the hits.
They play the the Motorpoint Arena on Saturday, December 13.
“Because of the reputation we’ve got live, it’s like going to a boxing match seeing our band - an event, not just a rock show but a massive event. It gets people excited and wound up,” he says, with all the likeable, cheeky self-promoting banter of Muhammad Ali.
Not that he’s over boastful. Many agree they are the Greatest live band on the planet.
Kasabian, regular Brits, NME and MOJO winners, scooped Best Live Act and Best Act In The World Today at this year’s prestigious Q Awards.
It didn’t happen overnight. The British rockers have honed their skills in front of millions of fans around the world.
They burst on to the scene 10-years ago with their debut self titled album and have topped the charts with their last four, most recently 48:13 - named after the album’s running time.
There’s no stopping them. This has been the year of Kasabian.
Following on from first single Eez-eh, Bumblebee followed during the summer, Kicking off their headline set list at Glastonbury it was written for the live arena.
They also played a historic hometown show in front of 50,000 people at Victoria Park in Leicester and are now on a huge autumn tour.
Founding members, Tom, guitarist and vocalist Sergio Pizzorno, bassist Chris Edwards, and drummer Ian Matthews, plan to headline festivals, play live in Japan and more dates in America. But first the UK and Sheffield.
Tom says the live shows will be a celebration of their first decade, with all the hits but also a chance to revisit some songs they through they would never play again from all five albums, Kasabian (2004), Empire (2006), West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009), Velociraptor! (2011) and 48:13 (2014).
“We can change the set list every show, playing songs we didn’t think we would be playing any more,” he says.
“The idea is to keep it fresh because we are just enjoying it.
“With the Q Awards the other week we got a standing ovation and I feel as there’s a proper respect now for the band, which is what we’ve always wanted.
“We try to keep reinventing ourselves. I was speaking to Serg yesterday and he says the next album is going to be rocky, a proper guitar album. He’s always thinking about creating the next album or music for another project. He wants to crack on with the next album.
“We want to try changing our sound.
“With 48:13 it reminds me of our debut record a little bit, because of the electronics we’ve got on it, the triggers and sounds. But it reminds me of a band that has no fear exploring and that’s what’ good about us.”
The track every fan wants to hear live is their anthemic signature song, Club Foot, from their debut album. It has been been used in computer games, TV shows and movies. NME named it as one of best tracks of the past 15 years.
“Club Foot distinguished us. When we’re playing it on stage the reaction is massive. It’s an anthem in itself, with the bass line,” said Tom.
“It’s the most vicious song, like a snake bite. When it bites you’ve got venom in your blood. It makes you go.”
He reveals: “Club Foot was an accident. We were doing our music one night, in the silly hours of the morning, and Karloff, then our guitar player, had a drum loop going round and he just recorded the bass. We were listening to bands like MC5 and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It was on loop with the bass and he just hit it.
“We went, ‘ wow, what have we done here - that was kind of an accident’. But we kept it on loop, which was fantastic.”
The now wrote for the album market but advise upcoming bands to use the internet and social media to promote their work.
“The singles market is pretty much dead in our eyes. I mean that for most rock bands as well. It’s not something we focus much on any more. It’s more an album thing. Calvin Harris owns the singles charts.
“We did it the old fashioned way of slugging it out, rehearsing religiously three or four times a week. Then we got a deal and had to travel the country and work our fingers until they bled.
“It’s romantic the way we did it. We started in a little tour bus and grew and grew. The next thing you know you’re at the pyramid stage and you go, ‘wow, how did that happen?’
“It’s almost like a fairy-tale what happened to our band, something in a book or a film. Our rise has been incredible.
“But my advice to others is if you do believe in something, then go for it. Don’t let anyone tell you anything else.
“It’s a lot different now. We didn’t have the internet man, we couldn’t put our music out like bands can now. They have got that freedom to put their stuff all over the internet.
“I think rock and roll is disposable now,music itself - it’s throw away. It’s really sad actually.
“To our fans I want to say thanks for your support - you are the people who make us drive. Our fans have been amazing. I can’t sign enough albums or photos to say thanks. I’d like to say from me and the boys, in Kasabian, a big thank you very much.”
Special guests at Sheffield are the Maccabees.
Tickets purchased in person at the Arena Box Office are priced £41.48 and £30.98, including booking fee.
Please be aware there will be a standing area on the floor, which is not recommended for children aged 14 or under. In which case tickets should be purchased in a seated area of the Arena.
Under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult aged over 18 and tickets are limited to four per person.