On Tuesday night, I was able to catch a headlining Kasabian gig. To put this in perspective, this was a show I've been aching for ever since I saw them open for Oasis at a half-full Shoreline Amphitheater in 2005.
It's been a long wait, and while their set at Coachella last Saturday was a great warm-up, the show at The Fonda (ex - Music Box) was everything I could possibly have wanted.
Opening the gig were The Dear Hunter, an eclectic indie/rock band that delivered a great set at Coachella last weekend as well. I've seen them play before, and each time they impress me more and more.
After a short break, it was time for Kasabian.
There's a reason this band plays stadiums and headlines entire nights of U.K. festivals. They're flawless live.
Vocalist Tom Meighan is endlessly engaging, sashaying around the stage, clad in a denim jacket and sunglasses that he'd repeatedly pull off his face, dramatically.
Guitarist Sergio Pizzorno is perhaps even more of a beast onstage, alternating between backup and lead vocals, precise guitar work and amping up the crowd - something the band did exceptionally well. After tossing us white t-shirts with words written on them (for some kind of taping, presumably the Last Call with Carson Daly program which was advertised all night), they charged through a 16-song set featuring some of my favorite tracks of theirs, like Shoot the Runner, Re-Wired, Club Foot, L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever), I.D., Vlad the Impaler (complete with a few bars from The Prodigy's Smack My Bitch Up), and Switchblade Smiles.
I was hoping for Processed Beats, but oh well.
Crowd-wise, this was one of the best, most liveliest ones that I've witnessed since moving to L.A. in 2008. Normally, people stand around with comp tickets and $13 Jack & Cokes, disinterested in what's going on while a smattering of true fans bop around excitedly.
Not the case at this show - the crowd was electric. Feeding off the energy put forth by the dudes on stage, the near-capacity crowd went apeshit for the entirety of their set, and it was great to see.
Kasabian have been overlooked for years in the United States - this was their first U.S. tour that I've noticed since the gig opening for Oasis, 7 years and 3 albums ago.
This was one of my most anticipated concerts of recent memory, given that it's been so long, and it couldn't have been more satisfying.
Kasabian, thank you. PLEASE don't take 7 years to come back, we need more shows here.
Setlist: Days Are Forgotten Shoot the Runner Velociraptor! Underdog Let's Roll Just Like We Used To I.D. Thick as Thieves Take Aim Club Foot Re‐Wired Goodbye Kiss Fast Fuse L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever) Encore: Switchblade Smiles Vlad the Impaler Fire
Below, enjoy some photos I snapped of the gig. For more insight (and a handful of sexy videos) from a fellow Kasabian enthusiast, hit up ConcertConfessions.
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