Kasabian thrilled a packed Forum Wednesday as part of the Q Awards with Russian Standard Vodka- The Gigs.
Having gained a larger audience than ever before with their third album, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, the Leicester band sold out the intimate venue in less than 15 minutes after tickets went on sale.
So naturally, any air present when Q Editor Paul Rees appeared on stage to announce the band, swiftly dissolved as Tom Meighan & co turned the venue into a humid bundle of excruciating heat. Which can only be a good thing, on a night like this.
Three albums in then, and Kasabian have already more hits and singalongs to keep them off the dole for a century or two, or so it would seem, judging by the number of familiar tracks displayed here tonight, and the fans' appreciation for every note they play.
Shoot The Runnerand Empire were both played early on, the latter, succeeded by a "Forum, you're fucking empire!" from Meighan, being one of the most impressive and hard-hitting songs here tonight.
Processed Beats saw a massive surge appearing in the front rows, Cutt Off spawned a number of questionable dance moves on the balcony, and rarely has the Forum seen a greater audience response than during Fire, arguably THE memorable moment tonight, like it was during their appearance at both Brixton Academy and The Garage. "You all know this one" Meighan teased before its humble intro; "thanks to the backing singers" he stated when it was over, and in between one got the impression not a soul in the sweat-drenched venue would want this song to end.
Saving Vlad The Impaler and Stuntman for an encore preceded by a rapturous rendition of breakthrough hit Club Foot, they, like custom is with Kasabian, ended on L.S.F, and so sending the crowd out into the night chanting its monosyllabic outro.
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12:12 AM | 22/10/2009
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