Some time ago, I wrote about how the English band Kasabian went from playing to hundreds of thousands of people at Glastonbury to playing to hundreds of people at the 9:30 club in Washington D.C. They are criminally overlooked in this country, and greatly appreciated in their home town.
It’s Monday May 16, a couple of hours before Kasabian play a surprise set at Leicester City’s Premier League victory parade, and frontman Tom Meighan is on the phone trying to sort out his stage outfit. His first choice was an unofficial T-shirt emblazoned with star striker Jamie Vardy’s infamous motto, but the club have just stepped in and nixed it. Somebody’s obviously decided that ‘Chat S**t, Get Banged’ is a bit aggro for a family-friendly party.
The thing is, there aren’t any adults around. A whole city’s childhood dreams have come true and the air is full of pure, unadulterated chaos. Nobody expected to be here. Leicester City started the season as 5,000-1 outsiders to win the title. To put that in context, around the same time the odds of LMFAO headlining Glastonbury this year were only 100-1. Leicester were a club that had never won England’s top flight in the entirety of their 132-year history, so even the most passionate of fans – a category that includes both Meighan and guitarist Serge Pizzorno – would never have dared to dream this day would come.
I know they've toured the states and done well, but it's not like they're packing stadiums. And that's a shame--this is a stadium band with all the makings of a fantastic show every time they appear. When people say, "where are all the great rock and roll bands," remember--not everyone gets the attention that equals their ability to put on a show, sell records, or influence people. Kasabian certainly deserve a bigger following.