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Review: Kasabian @ Metro Radio Arena

December 14th, 2017 | by Rosabel Crean
Review: Kasabian @ Metro Radio Arena
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On Friday 24th November, Kasabian were welcomed back to the Metro Radio Arena; gracing Newcastle with the first gig of the British leg of their For Crying Out Loud Tour. The Glastonbury headliners reminded us why they were voted ‘Best Act In The World Today’, with a set comprised of equal parts rock n roll, swagger and a high level of professionalism testament to a band that has been touring since 2004.

Expectations for the magnitude of the set were heightened as a countdown on the big screen was followed by a medley of Hollywood studio fanfares, an intro that, underneath its clear irony, set the scene for a truly impressive performance. The crowd’s anticipation was palpable as the boys (including a brass section) strutted on stage dressed all in white, led by front men Tom Meighan and Sergio Pizzorno.

Opening the performance with ‘Ill Ray (The King)’ a track from their new album, the crowd got a taste for the tone to come; a mosh pit fuelled, beer soaked riot (in the best possible way). Following this was the Rage Against The Machine-esque ‘bumblebeee’, which further induced the manic excitement of the Newcastle crowd.

The set really came into its own with a reminder of the Kasabian tracks of our childhood, notably ‘Shoot the Runner’ and ‘Club Foot’. However, it was not only the old classics that got us singing along. ‘Bless This Acid House’ (a song which Pizzorno has confessed to being the best tune he has ever written) was a standout track from For Crying Out Loud.

Just when we thought it could not get any better, the band were joined by a full gospel choir, adding an almost ethereal element to the culmination of their set. The showmanship, musicianship and friendship exhibited onstage, combined with the voices of the choir, gave this performance the crescendo it truly deserved.

On Friday 24th November, Kasabian were welcomed back to the Metro Radio Arena; gracing Newcastle with the first gig of the British leg of their For Crying Out Loud Tour. The Glastonbury headliners reminded us why they were voted ‘Best Act In The World Today’, with a set comprised of equal parts rock n roll, swagger and a high level of professionalism testament to a band that has been touring since 2004.

Expectations for the magnitude of the set were heightened as a countdown on the big screen was followed by a medley of Hollywood studio fanfares, an intro that, underneath its clear irony, set the scene for a truly impressive performance. The crowd’s anticipation was palpable as the boys (including a brass section) strutted on stage dressed all in white, led by front men Tom Meighan and Sergio Pizzorno.

Opening the performance with ‘Ill Ray (The King)’ a track from their new album, the crowd got a taste for the tone to come; a mosh pit fuelled, beer soaked riot (in the best possible way). Following this was the Rage Against The Machine-esque ‘bumblebeee’, which further induced the manic excitement of the Newcastle crowd.

The set really came into its own with a reminder of the Kasabian tracks of our childhood, notably ‘Shoot the Runner’ and ‘Club Foot’. However, it was not only the old classics that got us singing along. ‘Bless This Acid House’ (a song which Pizzorno has confessed to being the best tune he has ever written) was a standout track from For Crying Out Loud.

An evening where Kasabian made it seem like Newcastle was the centre of their world.

Just when we thought it could not get any better, the band were joined by a full gospel choir, adding an almost ethereal element to the culmination of their set. The showmanship, musicianship and friendship exhibited onstage, combined with the voices of the choir, gave this performance the crescendo it truly deserved.

In an evening where Kasabian made it seem like Newcastle was the centre of their world (check their instagram if you don’t believe us), we were able to forget the stresses of day-to-day life and witness musical exhibition that left everyone in the arena feeling exuberant. We’ll leave you with this Haiku that sums up our experience of the night:

❤️ #Newcastle #forcryingoutlive 📷: @neil_bedford

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In an evening where Kasabian made it seem like Newcastle was the centre of their world (check their instagram if you don’t believe us), we were able to forget the stresses of day-to-day life and witness musical exhibition that left everyone in the arena feeling exuberant. We’ll leave you with this Haiku that sums up our experience of the night:

Kasabian fire

Made of music and desire

Left us free to fly

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