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:
'Shoot the Runner'
'Where Did All The Love Go?'
'Days Are Forgotten'
'Processed Beats'
'Take Aim'
'Club Foot'
'Switchblade Smiles'
'Vlad, the Impaler'

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


Buy Kasabian Tickets

back to top

More News
Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk' returns to Number One and breaks own streaming record
Three more Madonna demos including reported Lady Gaga diss track surface online
John Lydon: 'I'm absolutely oblivious to Band Aid 30'
Kiss to perform 1975 album 'Alive!' in full during Kiss Kruise 2015
K-Pop artists threaten legal action over music used in 'The Interview'
The Killers reveal Christmas single tradition came from turning down Bono's Gap advert offer
The Weeknd and Ariana Grande share acoustic performance of 'Love Me Harder' – watch
Mica Levi on scoring 'Under the Skin': 'I dreamt the world came out of Scarlett...
Taylor Swift becomes first artist to top Billboard Artist 100 for ten weeks
Skrillex and Diplo share remix of Beyonce’s '7/11' - listen
Girl Band debut new track ‘Sexy Wife’ - watch
Grimes shares festive track and video 'Christmas II (Grinch)' - watch
Frank Sinatra collaborator Buddy DeFranco dies, aged 91
Brian May: 'We need a change of government or we will all slit our wrists'
Beyonce’s father sells her old belongings for £1,200 at a garage sale
N.E.R.D. reveal first new song in four years, ‘Squeeze Me’ - listen
Thom Yorke shares new song 'You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry' - listen
Metric share new song 'The Fatal Gift' - listen
Fall Out Boy share their 'Drunk History' with Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie -...
Nile Rodgers announces release of new track 'I'll Be There'
Beyoncé shares photos from her and Jay Z's holiday to Iceland
Father John Misty shares video of 'pop-up art' for 'I Love You, Honeybear'...

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Date/Time Venue Town/City Seetickets Viagogo
29 Jan 2015 The Garage London

Tickets not currently available.

Buy Kasabian Tickets

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM