Kasabian's Tom Meighan: 'I had a meltdown'

Singer reveals he was at 'breaking point' during the band's recent US tour

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Kasabian's Tom Meighan has revealed he had a meltdown while the band were on tour in America earlier this year.

Speaking about being away from home before his first child was born, Meighan said that becoming a father "opened my eyes a lot to the realisation that it's not about me anymore".

He told The Sun: "I had a meltdown. Not a complete breakdown but I just lost it through the realisation of what was going on in my life. I went a bit mad for a couple of days. I panicked. I’ve never had that before. And I was at breaking point."

But, he added, his bandmates supported him: "The band were there for me and crying helps. I cry a lot and I'm not ashamed to say that but America was hard. It was nine weeks of non-stop touring. But we're doing all right there now, so it was worth it and we’re going back there in the autumn."

Serge Pizzorno recently said that people's biggest misconception about his band is that they are "boozy knob head lad-rock dicks". In response to this, he said: "There's also a lot more women at our gigs now. I think we needed it. I couldn't have gone on that way".

The band's new material will be "dark" and "drastically different" from anything else they've done before, Meighan said. "I spend a lot of times at festivals going to dance tents and would love to go back to our electronic sound. Maybe an album with no guitars. I'm inspired by DJs — they have the ability to take you to outer space. And I love that," Pizzorno added.

Kasabian were voted best band at this year's T in the Park by NME.COM readers after their headline performance. They will play a warm-up gig in London on August 20 before they headline Reading and Leeds Festivals on August 25 and 26.

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