Kasabian paid tribute to late astronaut Neil Armstrong tonight (August 26) as they closed day three of Leeds Festival.
The band, who made their headline debut at the Reading And Leeds Festivals this weekend, dedicated their recent opening album track ‘Let’s Roll Just Like We Used To’ to the late astronaut, who died yesterday aged 82.
Introducing the track, guitarist Serge Pizzorno told the crowd: “Everyone look at the moon behind you,” before singer Tom Meighan added: “Everyone, this is for Neil Armstrong.”
The Leicester rockers drew a huge crowd for the closing night as they brought on a trumpeter for their closing set, kicking off with hit single ‘Days Are Forgotten’.
Pizzorno sang a couple of songs mid-set including ‘Take Aim’ and The Korgis cover ‘Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime’ before they kicked into ‘Club Foot’.
They later performed Fatboy Slim’s ‘Praise You’ again, before many sections of the crowd donned skeleton masks for ‘Switchblade Smiles’.
Later Meighan declared: “Leeds, we formed a band when we were 17. We made it man. Thank you for getting us here,” before a whole crowd of people dressed in skeleton outfits appeared onstage for hit single ‘Fire’.
They closed out their set with a few bars of The Beatles classic ‘She Loves You’.
‘Days Are Forgotten’
‘Shoot the Runner’
‘Where Did All the Love Go?’
‘Let’s Roll Just Like We Used To’
‘Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime’
‘LSF (Lost Souls Forever)’
‘Vlad the Impaler’
Earlier on the Main Stage, Florence And The Machine entertained the crowd with a series of hits from her two albums, with three backing singers including ‘What The Water Gave Me’, ‘Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)’ and ‘Cosmic Love’.
The Vaccines also pulled in a massive crowd as they showcased new material from their forthcoming second album ‘The Vaccines Come Of Age’ which is out next Monday (September 3) including new single ‘Teenage Icon’, as well as ‘Ghost Town’ and ‘Bad Mood’.
The band also played hits from their debut album including, ‘Post Break-Up Sex’, ‘Wetsuit’ and ‘If You Wanna’. Introducing the latter Justin Young told the crowd: “This time last year we played the NME Stage and it was one of the best gigs we’ve ever played. So thank you for coming along and making this one even better.”
Over on the NME/Radio 1 Stage The Cribs played a triumphant 10th anniversary homecoming gig. “This was the first festival we ever played,” said a smiling frontman Ryan Jarman, “So, er, thank you very much.”
The Wakefield band, who came on to the Kiss version of the anthem ‘God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You’, played a set loaded with fan favourites such as ‘I’m A Realist’ and ‘Mirror Kisses’, also playing tracks from new album ‘In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull’ including ‘Chinatown’ and ‘Come On, Be A No One’. They ending their tent-packing set with a rendition of ‘City Of Bugs’.
Playing tracks from his self-titled debut album, the Nottingham teenager previewed tracks such as ‘Seen It All’ and ‘Country Song’ along with the more familiar ‘Trouble Town’ and ‘Lightning Bolt’.
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