Kasabian at Swindon’s Oasis on June 13

Rock band Kasabian went down a storm at the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Swindon and are now looking forward to returning to the town as part of their UK tour.

Sergio Pizzorno, guitarist and songwriter with the band, said the guys had great fun at Lydiard Park and he really enjoyed meeting the Swindon crowd.

“We were signing autographs before the show and there were both kids and their mums. It was really good,” he said.

Kasabian have had chart success with singles such as Club Foot, LSF, Processed Beats, Empire, Shoot The Runner and on June 1 they are releasing Fire, which is already getting huge airplay on BBC Radio 1.

“It is not your average pop single,” said Serge. It is different, a beautiful thing.”

For the guitarist it is inspiring the next generation that gives him the biggest buzz.

“If they watch the show and want to start a band that’s great. These talent shows are fair enough, but we come from a stable of incredible rock music and we need more of it,” he said The musician was inspired himself at 14 by Noel Gallagher from Oasis, and this summer Kasabian are touring with their rock heroes.

“When I was 14 Brit Pop was the centre of the world, and Noel was my music hero initially. He inspired me more than any teacher or historical figure.” Noel jumped up on stage with Kasabian and played three songs with them at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay street party in 2007.

“It will be a wicked line-up on the Oasis tour including us and The Enemy,” said Serge.

The guys are playing Glastonbury Rock Festival again this year on the Pyramid stage before headliner Bruce Springsteen – as his special guests.

When I spoke to Serge about the Boss he said: “I know. It is crazy just hearing you say those words. Those sort of acts on the main stage have sold millions of albums worldwide.”

Kasabian have three studio albums under their belts: Kasabian, Empire and, released in March, the strangely titled West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.

“We got the title early on because I am fascinated by madness. It makes you challenge your music. The album is a modern 21st century rock record with 12 good tunes. It is a look back at this decade,” said Serge.

Kasabian Oasis Leisure Centre, North Star, Swindon.

June 13 Tickets: £22.50 + £2.50 booking fee 01793 445401 Trivia: Kasabian took their name from Linda Kasabian, the young pregnant girl who drove the car in which the killers escaped in after the murder of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, the second of the Tate-LaBianca murders.

Factfile: Sergio Pizzorno Brought up in Leicester Live now: Leicester Family: Mother a special needs teacher, dad was a medic.

Superstitious: needs a whiskey before going on stage to settle the nerves. “No lucky pants”

Other jobs: worked in a Tia Maria factory packing chocolates Band members: Sergio Pizzorno, Tom Meighans, Chris Edwards, Ian Mathews and Jay Mehler Band history: Got band together at Leysland High School in Countesthorpe, Leicestershire Awards: Kasabian won the Best Live Act Award at the 2007 NME



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