Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Kasabian on Storming Form for Reading

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Kasabian on Storming Form for Reading

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Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD

KASABIAN O2 Brixton Academy THE wheels seem to have fallen off Kasabian's wagon of late.

The United States has long been written off as a lost cause and the Leicester men's fourth and most recent album, Velociraptor!, has struggled to go gold: all its predecessors sailed to double platinum status.

No matter: last night's thrilling warmup for their weekend Reading and Leeds Festival headlining slots was a reminder that Kasabian are a great live band, even if their recorded output pales in comparison.

This was the sort of show where a giddy, shellshocked, but delighted audience streamed out good-naturedly bellowing what they'd just heard; where demands for an encore were sung rather than shouted or clapped and where even the new Re-Wired was greeted like a freed hostage.

As a non-songwriter, Kasabian's charisma-oozing frontman Tom Meighan may be the The Who's Roger Daltrey to guitar wizard and songwriter Sergio Pizzorno's Pete Townshend, but, like Daltrey, he makes his group special, even if they sometimes resemble Cast. …

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