Kasabian launch album with ‘Asylum’ show

Noel Fielding and Zak Starkey among the 'day patients'

Kasabian launched their new album with an intimate secret fan show last night (May 20) in London.

The HMV Forum in Kentish Town was redressed as the ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ in honour of the band’s forthcoming new record title, with guests given medical-style wristbands bearing a ‘Day Patient’ tag.

The Mighty Boosh‘s Noel Fielding and ex-Oasis drummer Zak Starkey were among the fans watching the Leicester rockers tear through old favourites plus new songs ‘Vlad The Impaler’, ‘Fire’, ‘Where Did All The Love Go?’, ‘Underdog’, ‘Fast Fuse’ and ‘Thick As Thieves’.

Forthcoming single ‘Fire’ saw the band joined by a trio of female backing singers, but performing the track proved fraught.

As it began drummer Ian Matthews‘ gong collided with singer Tom Meighan‘s head, causing him to miss his cue. Since the show was being recorded for TV, the band had to return to the stage after their encore to play the track again.

As has become tradition, guitarist Serge Pizzorno ad-libbed Candi Staton‘s club classic ‘You Got The Love’ as the finale approached.

Kasabian played:

‘Vlad The Impaler’
‘Shoot The Runner”
‘Cutt Off’
‘Processed Beats’
‘Where Did All The Love Go?’
‘Fast Fuse’
‘Thick As Thieves’
‘The Doberman’
‘Club Foot’
‘You Got The Love’/’LSF’

‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ is released on June 8.