Kasabian: ‘The next step for us is Wembley and Murrayfield’

Serge Pizzorno says "It's stadium time. It has to be".

Kasabian have said that the next step for the band is to play Wembley and Murrayfield, stating “it’s stadium time. It has to be”.

Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, Kasabian guitarist and co-vocalist Serge Pizzorno said that the band weren’t planning on playing any stadium gigs but later retracted his statement by saying they were ready.

“In a stadium, half the people aren’t really in the mix because they’re sitting down,” Pizzorno originally said. “I suppose there’s some weird Britpop hangover ingrained in my soul that strives to make outsider music and take it to Wembley; it would be great to say you’ve done it, and it would be a huge achievement, but that show in Leicester – 60,000 people in a field – felt perfect for us. Maybe we’d like to take something like that around the country.”

The guitarist soon changed his mind, however, adding: “I was talking shit earlier – we are ready for Wembley. In fact, that’s the next step: Wembley and Murrayfield, and then beyond. It’s stadium time. It has to be.”

Pizzorno explained that Kasabian have always been about the live performance, and that despite their lack of high record sales, the band have got a considerable following. “It’s just always how it’s been for us. I’m sure it’s stranger for bands that have been big for a long time [to see album sales fall away]. As soon as you can get music for free, there’s no going back. And anyway, as much as it’s funny to read about golden Rolls-Royces and palm trees made of pound notes, I’m not really into all that. If we’d had it, it would have fucked us up,” he said.

Frontman Tom Meighan added that the band have always enjoyed “a great base of people who love us, who never really went away: they’ve grown with us.”

Kasabian, who recently finished a UK tour that saw them play five sold-out nights at London’s Brixton Academy earlier this month, also discussed the shift in the way they’ve been perceived since the release of their latest album ’48:13′, saying “more and more people are beginning to say, ‘Oh, OK, I’ve gotten them totally wrong.'”