Kasabian to roadtest new album on intimate spring UK tour

Tom Meighan tells NME about the band's plans

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Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has told NME that the band will roadtest new material on an 'intimate' spring UK tour.

Meighan said the band would be playing mid-sized venues - intimate by their stadium standards these days.

"We're going to go back on the road in April or May, and we're going to be doing the small shows again – 1,000, 2,000 people a night," he revealed in the latest issue of NME.

With the band heading into the studio next month to start recording the follow-up to latest album 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum', Meighan hinted that by the time the gigs come round they'll be aiming to include new material in their set.

"I think we'll play two or three new songs," he said. "Serge [Pizzorno, guitarist] has written a song we can end on now apart from 'LSF' too. Maybe that's just me putting my balls on the table, but I hope we can do that."

Meanwhile, Meighan said he was "gobsmacked" to learn that Kasabian have been nominated in the Best British Band and Best Live Band categories in the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011, adding that being up for the prizes is "a fucking honour".

Get the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands and available digitally from Wednesday (January 26), to read the full interview with the singer.

Head to NME.COM/awards to see the nominees for this year's Shockwaves NME Awards and to vote.
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