Monthly Archives: December 2011

Kasabian – Newcastle Metro Arena (Evening Chronicle)

ROCKERS Kasabian were back in the North East, blasting out their high energy  indie rock tracks to a massive crowd. The tour coincides with the release of their new album Velociraptor! which  debuted at number 1 in the UK album  charts.

Supporting them was local band The Smokin’ Barrels, who grabbed their  opportunity of playing to an arena crowd with both hands. This was their biggest home gig to date, and they didn’t disappoint despite  the atmosphere being a bit flat due to the crowd filtering into the arena as  they performed. However, songs like Stella in the Starlight seem purpose-written  for such a stage.

When Kasabian took to the stage, the sound in the arena was deafening as they  launched into their first track. Every member of the band started pumping up the crowd, and looking sincerely  grateful to be in such a position. Guitars, drums, bass and into vocals. No messing around. They were here for  business, and their business is awesome rock tracks, with sizzling vocals and  blazing guitar riffs.

What you forget about Kasabian until you see them live is just how many great  songs they’ve got, from guitar-shredding hard rock, to dance-infused indie  rock. Underdog, Vlad The Impaler and Shoot The Runner, were just some of the  highlights in a quality set, turning an already excitable crowd into a bouncing  mass of ecstasy.

The opening guitar riff of Clubfoot is instantly recognizable  due to its use on match days on Sky Sports, and sparked like electricity  throughout the crowd.It’s an arena anthem if ever I’ve heard one and the rhythmic bass beat is  emphasized by frontman Tom Meighan’s vocal skills and vibrant energetic persona  on stage. Other highlights included the track, Fire, which closed the set in amazing  fashion. Every person in the crowd went wild as the simple slow build-up started. The  soft lyrics meant the entire crowd worked as a human amplifier, before the song  kicked in, sending the crowd into raptures.

It was the perfect way to end a cracking live show, sending everyone away on  a soaring high.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/entertainment-in-newcastle/music/2011/12/12/review-kasabian-metro-radio-arena-newcastle-72703-29936351/

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