Review: Kasabian, Motorpoint Arena

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AFTER shaking loose the distinctive white tiles of the Academy again earlier this year the Leicester lads return to Carbrook with a fresh cache of tunes designed to move the masses.

Seven years after their eponymous debut album the Velociraptor Tour continues a relentless journey for vocalist Tony Meighan and former school mate guitarist/backing singer Serge Pizzorno.

Not short of friends himself, Miles Kane opens with his third Sheffield visit of the year, including supporting buddies Arctic Monkeys next door at Don Valley Bowl. A first class set is again closed with highlight Inhaler.

The interval spent, a dazzling visual backdrop and coloured searchlights probe the audience for Kasabian to take to the stage. The air is electric as Serge, the epitome of cool, strikes the opening riffs of Days Are Forgotten and we are on the way to an exceptional musical thriller that takes close to 100 minutes but whizzes by.

Everyone’s on their feet dancing, arms aloft, as Shoot The Runner and Velociraptor follow. A Leicester City banner gets a name check without derision from what Mr Meighan calls the ‘Sheffield Choir’, singing along to Simple Pleasures and Thick As Thieves.

Club Foot brings more crowd mayhem followed by new single Re-Wired as the rock rollercoaster finally reaches the end with a feedback drenched Swithblade Smiles and the wonderful Fire.

Without a doubt, my choice for Sheffield gig of the year.

Sean Bruce