The line up may have changed but the music remains the same, as Kasabian make a triumphant return to Leicester and De Montfort Hall for the first time since the departure of former singer Tom Meighan.
Opening with Clubfoot from the bands debut 2004 album, guitarist turned front man, Serge Pizzorno, instantly had the hometown crowd in the palm of his hand.
If there was any concerns that he wouldn’t step up to the plate they were quickly forgotten as the band tore through Underdog and In Love With A Psycho before a debut outing of new single Alygatr which didn’t slow the crowd one bit.
Songs from all the bands 7 albums made appearances with a set list littered with hits, including Shoot The Runner, Empire, Switchblade Smile and Vlad The Impaler.
It’s not the same, it was never going to be, but it’s still Kasabian with all the swagger and energy you’d expect. As the crowd lapped up every beat you couldn’t help but think this is the beginning of a new and exciting era for Leicester’s finest.
On a night, which also marked the third anniversary of the tragic helicopter crash at Leicester City Football Club, the crowd regularly broke into chants of “Vichai had a dream” in between tracks. This gig was as Leicester as it gets.
The encore began with Happiness, the only time the place really slowed, but even this was only temporary as it quickly dropped into LSF and all the la la la’s before ending the night with Fire.
Before the final song, Serge took the mic, “Remember when you were back in lockdown, sat on the couch not knowing what was going to happen, when you’d have given anything to be at a gig… well here we are, lets ‘av it!”
You’re in Love with a Psycho
Shoot The Runner
Vlad the Impaler
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