Kasabian acted as their own support band at London's Roundhouse on Friday night (September 5), playing their debut album in full before re-emerging after a break for a greatest hits set.
With the background showing the artwork to their 2004 self-titled debut, which celebrated it's 10 year anniversary last week, the band first came on stage at 8pm. Breaking straight into album opener 'Club Foot', they then continued to work through the album in order to the capacity crowd, which had seen people queuing down the street to gain access.
Speaking minimally save for the occasional "thank you London," the Leicester group continued with'Processed Beats', 'Reason Is Treason' and a huge singalong of 'LSF' with lasers emitting from the stage. Singer Tom Meighan left the stage for 'Test Transmission', with guitarist Serge Pizzorno taking lead vocals, before the album continued to its climax, ending with 'Ovary Stripe' and 'U Boat'.
Breaking for 15 minutes the backdrop then changed to a pink countdown mirroring the current artwork for '48:13' which counted down to the band coming back on stage. Re-emerging to 'Bumblebee', the crowd were noticeably more active, starting mosh pits from the beginning. Following his recent run of slogan t shirts, Pizzorno had changed into a top bearing the phrase 'bin bag'.
Following 'Underdog', Meighan addressed the crowd, joking "I hope you liked our support band - they were alright weren't they?". Current album track 'Stevie' was given an extended outro, while 'Days Are Forgotten' was interspersed with shouts from Pizzorno to "lemme see your fucking fingers". 'Eez-eh' then followed, to loud chants from the crowd.
'Fast Fuse' was next up, before 'Take A Bow' was dedicated to the singer's brother. 'Treat' was given a euphoric middle section as another countdown on the screen descended into a drop complete with laser show, while the band finished the main set with 'Goodbye Kiss' which Meighan labelled "a beautiful love song".
Coming back on for the encore, they began with 'Empire' before employing another screen countdown for the climax of 'Vlad The Impaler'. Addressing the crowd, Meighan then "thank[ed] the support band, Kasabian" before ending with 'Fire', during which the band asked for everyone to crouch down on the floor and jump up for the final chorus.
Speaking to NME on Thursday, Meighan explained that playing their debut album was a "one night only thing... a special thing for a special album." He added that he still got a massive buzz out of playing songs from the first record, 'Club Foot' in particular.
"When we made 'Kasabian' we were much the same people we are today. I've got a few more fucking grey hairs now. I can't stay up all night like I used to. I'm not as gangly I was back then, but all that aside, I like to think we're pretty much the same lot," Meighan told NME. "It's a really sweet album."
Oh, and here's Serge with Premier League footballer Peter Crouch. Why not.