Kasabian at The King Power Stadium, Leicester
Two years on from their triumphant Victoria Park gig, Kasabian returned to their beloved hometown to celebrate Leicester’s fairy tale Premier League win. It’s no secret the Kasabian boys love their city and its football club, so this gig was always going to be something spectacular. Even before the gig the town was buzzing, the high street was rammed full of fans from throughout the UK and there wasn’t so much as a sniff of it kicking off in the wrong way.
Arriving on stage to ‘Nessun Dorma’, the song performed before City lifted the trophy, the crowd erupted into cheers, applause and an attempt at a singalong. The boys arrived on stage, Sergio Pizzorno donning a Leicester blue guitar with ‘L.C.F.C’ scrawled across the body, making a change from his usual black Rickenbacker for the most important gig of theirs to date.
‘This one is for the underdogs’, frontman Tom Meighan announced, before launching into Underdog. The crowd instantly burst into a 27,000 strong moshpit. The atmosphere was electric and the joy of the crowd was palpable. They’d said in an interview before the gig they were going to make it ‘a proper greatest hits set’ and that they did. After the thumping opener of Underdog they went on to perform Bumblebeee, Shoot the Runner and Eez-Eh, with barely enough time to catch a breath between.
The first treat of the day came in the form of a cover of Dick Dale’s Misirlou, closely followed by the hauntingly delicate vocals of The Doberman before going into Take Aim from the band’s 2009 album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum. There was another cover as Serge performed an acoustic cover of Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’, which made it’s first appearance at a Kasabian gig in 2014.
After a few more crowd favourites they flew into a new song, ‘Put Your Life On It’. The band were still performing with the energy with all the energy of the first song and the crowd were still giving it there all despite being 15 songs in. After the traditional Praise You/L.S.F mash up the band took a quick break before being joined on stage by Noel Fielding for Vlad the Impaler, this time dressed in a vintage Leicester kit and holding a corner flag, as opposed to his typical black cape and spear.
Meighan announced ‘We’re Leicester city, we won the league’ before dropping his mic and laving stage.
Venue – 9/10
Band – 10/10
Music – 9/10
Overall – 9/10