Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno reveals Glastonbury ‘Wilfred’ T-shirt was tribute to sick grandfather

"He's the most incredible man" the guitarist says

Kasabian‘s Serge Pizzorno has revealed that the mysterious T-shirt he wore when his band headlined Glastonbury last week was a tribute to his grandfather.

Pizzorno donned a shirt bearing the slogan ‘Wilfred’ when the band closed their Worthy Farm event last weekend.

“That’s my Grandad,” he told NME. “He’s the most incredible man, but he’s 93 years old and not very well at all. I just thought if I wore a little nod to him, he might see it when he opened the newspaper in his hospital bed on Monday morning and get a kick out of it. My mum said he was buzzing from it, so job done.”


Speaking about any future new material, the guitarist also said that new track ‘Treat’ is a good example of what direction the band will take musically next.

“‘Treat’ feels like a good indication of where we’re headed as a band, embracing an electronic thing,” he says. “I love how we can be a rock ‘n’ roll band doing a rock ‘n’ roll show, then all of a sudden turn it on its head with a proper rave up. We’ll always have a rock ‘n’ roll vibe but ‘Treat’ is a good sign of what’s to come from us in the future. It [a new album] won’t be for a long while, though, obviously.”

Kasabian brought Glastonbury 2014 to a close with a set which featured a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’ and a guest appearance from comedian Noel Fielding posing as Vlad The Impaler. It came after the band scored a UK Number One album with ’48:13′ and played a hometown show in front of 50,000 fans at Leicester’s Victoria Park earlier this month.

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Kasabian have also recently announced details of a new UK tour for autumn/winter 2014, including five shows at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. They will play a run of shows at the iconic London venue on December 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6. The final show of the five is a ‘late-night’ gig. Tickets went on general sale today (July 4) at 9.30am.

The full UK tour dates are:


Glasgow SSE Hydro (November 19)
Leeds First Direct Arena (21)
Birmingham LG Arena (22)
Cardiff CIA (23)
Bournemouth International Arena (25)
Brighton Centre (26)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (28)
London O2 Academy Brixton (December 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 (late-night))
Dublin O2 Arena (8)
Belfast Odyssey Arena (9)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (11)
Manchester Phones 4u Arena (12)

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