Guitarist reacts to his hometown team winning the Premier League against all odds
Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno has spoken about his hometown football team Leicester City’s unlikely Premier League success.
Leicester were crowned Premier League champions for the first time in the club’s history last night (May 2), having been handed odds of 5000-1 to do so at the start of the season.
Kasabian will headline Leicester’s King Power Stadium on May 28 to mark the club’s historic feat, and now Pizzorno has penned an article for The Guardian reacting to Leicester’s win.
In the piece, Pizzorno claims that he predicted Leicester would have a successful season even when those around him did not: “When Claudio Ranieri was appointed as manager last summer I was buzzing. With my family being Italian, I was thinking: ‘This was going to be incredible.’ My prediction was that we could finish in the top 10 and we could win a cup. But everybody thought I was insane. I started getting texts from my pals – which I’ve saved – saying: ‘What’s going on? What are they thinking?'”
Having missed a lot of games in the past due to Kasabian’s tour schedule, Pizzorno says this season he has “seen every kick”. Despite his high hopes however, Pizzorno says that he was worried that “something mad will happen” to hinder the team’s title pursuit.
“The emotions at the games in the last few weeks have been incredible,” Pizzorno adds. “Even if we get relegated and we’re in the conference in 10 years, I won’t care. We’ll always have [the title win].”
Pizzorno says he is already planning a Champions League draw party for next season. “As soon as we find out who we’re playing it’s straight online to book tickets and flights.”
Speaking previously to NME about the band’s upcoming hometown gig and Leceister City’s footballing success, Pizzorno said they had to “move Heaven and Earth” to make the show happen.
“We were all booked in, set to do it next year,” he said. “We’ve been buzzing off that plan, and after the gig we did in 2014 in Leicester’s Victoria Park, we were looking for the next step up. But as the season’s gone on, there’s a feeling around the city that’s really special and we thought we should move Heaven and Earth to move the gigs forward a year. It’s in the last two days that we’ve finally got the go ahead to do it. I think everyone in Leicester is in a great mood.”