Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Kasabian

tom-and-serge-kasabian.png

Kasabian talk Stones, aliens and microwave cuisine ahead of their big return to gigging...

Is it nice to just do the occasional big show instead of touring endlessly?

Serge: It is. You really cherish the gigs when they happen.

Tom: We stopped touring last f*cking November. We had been on the road for 18 months and it gets quite repetitive. We needed a break, but when you’re away for a bit you want to go back.

How’s the new album going?

T: It’s good. We’ll be recording something in the studio by July or August.

Guitarist Jay Mehler left you to join Beady Eye. Liam told ShortList that it was “like Van Persie going to Manchester United”. Agree?

T: Yeah, I can’t top that quote [laughs]. That’s f*cking amazing. The thing with Jay is, we haven’t got a lot on this year and we’re not on the road very much, whereas Beady Eye are going out touring. I know all of them and I’m close to Liam, so fair play to Jay, and I wish him all the best.

The Rolling Stones faced criticism for the price of tickets to their shows. Were they charging too much?

T: Don’t you think they make enough money anyway? If you want to burgle people, then do it, because right now, in a recession, people can’t f*cking afford it [laughs]. I’m not saying anything bad about the Rolling Stones – don’t get me wrong. People are mugs and will pay [high prices], so it’s nothing to do with me.

Do you see yourselves ‘doing a Stones’ and continuing to tour well into your sixties?

S: I don’t know about that. I can’t see past an hour, never mind 50 years.

T: I don’t think I can do the ‘Mick Jagger’ phase. My body can only take so much. I still want to be singing, but if I make it to Mick’s age then it’s a f*cking godsend.

Serge, is it true your son only sleeps to Kasabian tunes?

S: It’s what calms him down. He’s three in August – he’ll be producing music by the age of five. But I have to censor some of the lyrics for him.

What do you wear when you’re at home?

S: I might do a leopard-skin trackie. I’d wear that down to the Co-op, without a doubt [laughs].

T: I don’t wear anything.

Nice. We hear you take a microwave with you on tour. Your favourite microwave meal?

T: Uncle Ben’s chicken flavoured rice.

S: I hate microwave food.

Why bring the microwave?

S: We play big festivals in places like Poland and Ukraine. So, you can either go for meat you’re not sure of, or a Heinz chicken soup.

How has your rider changed over the years?

T: What’s on my rider at the moment? A good night’s sleep. It’s changed a lot. I’m not 22 any more; I’m f*cking 32. We all grow old, we all die.

Bleak. What perks you up? Star Wars, maybe?

T: I like Star Wars, but people think I’m a fanatic and I’m not. I’m fanatical about ET, not Star Wars. I don’t sit there and do the A-Z on the f*cking website.

How many times have you seen ET?

T: In the past year I’ve watched it about 20 times. Normally I’ll watch it with our security guy Marty at about 2am while we’re drinking champagne and doing other things… [laughs].

Kasabian headline Hard Rock Calling at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 29 June; hardrockcalling.co.uk

Image: Rex

Related

gallagher bieber.jpg

Liam Gallagher: "I am a Belieber!"

noelhero2.jpg

50 Noel Gallagher quotes

kasabian_beartrap_wide.jpg

Kasabian

Comments

More

These iconic album covers look better as children

We couldn't do a version with the Nevermind baby

by Tom Victor
27 Apr 2017

Would you like to see Kermit The Frog cover R Kelly’s Ignition (Remix)

So baby give me that ribbet ribbet

by Gary Ogden
27 Apr 2017

Fake Radiohead cover of 'Gasolina' is the best thing on the internet

It's as real as you want it to be

by Matt Tate
26 Apr 2017

Check out the blistering new track from Judas

London-based quartet unveil 'Some People'

by Dave Fawbert
25 Apr 2017

The 10 best Mike Skinner remixes, B-sides, and rarities

The Main Lad is back and we're celebrating

by Tayler Willson
24 Apr 2017

If Ed Sheeran is really about to quit music, who are we to argue?

No harm in getting out while you're ahead

by Tom Victor
24 Apr 2017

The UK grime scene is backing Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister

Finally some allies for the Labour party

by Tom Mendelsohn
24 Apr 2017

The 14 best covers of Prince songs that show his versatile genius

Some serious tunes

by Dave Fawbert
21 Apr 2017

Guy finds out his lost wallet led to a 14-year-long drinking challenge

This is some story

by Matt Tate
19 Apr 2017

The coolest record stores in the UK

Get your vinyl fix from these awesome places

by Dave Fawbert
19 Apr 2017