Kasabian played a hit-packed set as they headlined the first day of Hard Rock Calling at London's Olympic Park last night (June 29).NME
Striding onstage to the theme from BBC sports programme Grandstand, they began with 'Days Are Forgotten' from their fourth album 'Velociraptor!' as around 45,000 people looked on.
There were few surprises in the set, which spanned songs from all four of their albums. Singer Tom Meighan stopped after three songs to introduce 'Reason Is Treason' from their 2004 debut. "Who remembers this?" he said. Chat was minimal throughout, although Meighan did break later in the set to call out Tottenham Hotspur footballer Gareth Bale for copying him. "You know that heart thing he does when he scores? I invented that, I did that first. So fuck Gareth Bale."
There were a number of covers or snippets of other songs throughout the set, including Dick Dale's 'Miserlou', from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, which provided the intro to set closer 'LSF', an extract of Camille Yarbrough's 'Take Yo' Praise', and a full cover of The Korgis' 'Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes' sung by guitarist Serge Pizzorno.
After the performance, the band had their aftershow at This Feeling at the Oval Space warehouse in Bethnal Green, attended by the likes of Miles Kane, who had also performed on Hard Rock Calling's main stage earlier in the day, Abbey Clancy and footballer Peter Crouch, and actress Anna Friel. London band Dexters and Stockport singer Findlay performed.