Leicester rockers Kasabian have said they feel they are the band to take over from Oasis as the UK’s most popular rock band. The group have been constantly compared to their heroes since the release of their debut album in 2004, and have developed a close relationship with the Gallaghers since they joined them on Oasis’ 2005 World Tour. Speaking in Scotland’s Daily Record newspaper, they said they are now ready to play the big arena and stadium shows Oasis were famous for. “They have left a big hole. Festivals, stadiums and arenas will need filling and we are ready to be that band,” bassist Chris Edwards said.
Frontman Tom Meighan also discussed the band’s split last month: “It’s over for Oasis now. It’s not my business but there must have been a lot of trouble happening for Noel to walk out. If it’s so big that he’s not coming back, it’s a sad day for rock ‘n’ roll. I’ve heard Liam is going to carry it on without Noel but to me it’s over.”
Meighan also told the paper of his desire to headline Scotland’s T In The Park festival next year: “We’d be totally up for headlining T in the Park. The Scots are always up for it. Playing Scotland is always massive for us. The crowds are second to none.”
Kasabian are set to headline a gig in Dublin today which will mark the 250th anniversary of Guinness, the show will be beamed live to 8000 pubs across the globe.
Here’s a backstage interview with Kasabian who supported Oasis at Heaton Park in Manchester on 4th, 6th and 7th of June 2009: