Kasabian pay tribute to Rik Mayall at intimate charity gig for War Child Kasabian Tickets

The band played London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire ahead of huge Leicester homecoming show

Video: Kasabian: 'Bumblebee' Was The Starting Gun Of '48:13'

Kasabian played an intimate charity show at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire last night (June 18), paying tribute to the late Rik Mayall at the the end of the show.

Before launching into 'Fire', which closed the main body of the set, singer Tom Meighan declared that they were "gonna play this one for Rik Mayall", the iconic comedian and star of The Young Ones who recently passed away.

Earlier that night Kasabian kicked off the gig, which was raising money for War Child, with recent offering 'Bumblebee'. Meighan emerged wearing giant, bug-like sunglasses while guitarist Serge Pizzorno donned a pair of skeleton trousers and a T-shirt bearing the numbers '48:13' - the name of their current album.

NME GUEST BLOG: Serge - British Rock N Roll Needs To Up Its Game

With a string section and skeleton-attired backing singers intermittently joining them on stage, the band then continued with 'Shoot The Runner' and 'Underdog', replete with a laser show.

With Meighan telling the crowd to "give yourselves a round of applause for supporting such a good cause," Kasabian then encouraged the audience to begin a chant of "Eez-Eh" before launching into the single of the same name.

Later, the band started with the intro to old track 'Doberman' before Meighan exited the stage leaving Pizzorno to take lead vocals on 'Take Aim'. Returning, the whole band then continued with 'Club Foot', 'Rewired', new track 'Treat' and 'Empire' before concluding the main set.

With the crowd still chanting the riff from 'Fire', Kasabian then re-entered to the opening instrumental of 'Switchblade Smiles' before continuing with the track - taken from 'Velociraptor!'. Playing 'Vlad, the Impaler', Meighan then addressed the crowd for the last time. "Thank you Shepherds Bush," he began. "It's been ten years since the first record, we've been together since 1997. It's a long fucking time so thanks for sticking with us." Kasabian then ended with 'LSF' before exiting.

Kasabian played:
'Bumblebee'
'Shoot the Runner'
'Underdog'
'Where Did All The Love Go?'
'Days Are Forgotten'
'Eez-Eh'
'Processed Beats'
'Stevie'
'I.D'
'Doberman'
'Take Aim'
'Club Foot'
'Rewired'
'Treat'
'Empire'
'Fire'
'Switchblade Smiles'
'Vlad, the Impaler'
'LSF'


Kasabian will play a mammoth homecoming show at Leicester's Victoria Park this Saturday (June 21) before headlining the Pyramid Stage on Sunday at this year's Glastonbury festival.

To check the availability of Kasabian tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765

Read More On This Artist

Kasabian Tickets
Date/Time Venue Seetickets Viagogo


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £60


Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £39

Buy Kasabian Tickets


Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £39

Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £49


Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £40

Buy Kasabian Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £54


Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £39

Buy Kasabian Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £78


Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £39

Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £62


Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £39

Buy Kasabian Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £62


Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £39

Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £47


Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £39

Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £45


Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £42

Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £72


Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £42

Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £74


Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £42

Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £79


Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £42

Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £89


Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £55

Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £94


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £91


Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £39

Buy Kasabian Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy Kasabian Tickets

from £40

back to top

More News
Jake Bugg: 'Manufactured pop bands don't have any soul'
Lauryn Hill's London comeback show subject to harsh Twitter criticism
Tatu's Lena Katina responds to bandmate's homophobia: 'People should be free to...
Producer Tony Visconti says he was misquoted over 'new David Bowie album' comment
La Roux: 'I've never made any money from record sales'
Kendrick Lamar downplays guest appearances on new album
Jamie T: 'Damon Albarn told me to write from the heart'
Stevie Nicks unveils title track from '24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault' - listen
Kanye West shares photos from his community service fashion class
Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith cover The Rolling Stones - watch
Foo Fighters announce January 2015 live dates
Johnny Flynn stars in new trailer for Channel 4 sitcom 'Scrotal Recall' - watch
Bishop Nehru and Doom preview NehruvianDOOM album with new track 'Caskets' – listen
Matt Bellamy hints at World War 3 theme and guitar solos for new Muse album
SBTRKT previews new album 'Wonder Where We Land' at iTunes Festival in London
Iceage reveal new song 'How Many' - listen
Trent Reznor previews 'Gone Girl' soundtrack ahead of cinema release
Members of Arcade Fire, The Strokes and Bon Iver form Pop All Star Band supergroup
Lil Wayne and Drake hit the road in 'Grindin' video - watch
SBTRKT streams new song 'The Light' featuring Denai Moore - listen
George Ezra covers Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' - watch
Foo Fighters pay tribute to late Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus at crowdfunded gig

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today