Kasabian Crush New York: Behind the U.K. Band’s Terminal 5 Invasion

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Backstage and onstage at an explosive show supporting their most recent U.K. Number One, ’48:13′

Kasabian released 48:13, their fourth consecutive U.K. Number One album, and played a headlining set in a pyramid stage at the country’s Glastonbury Festival in June. Three months later, they returned to the U.S., bringing the North American leg of their tour to New York’s Terminal 5 on September 27th. Rolling Stone caught up with the group in Manhattan, documenting their busy day in the Big Apple from the pool hall to the front row of their sold-out show.

BeforeKasabian’ssoundcheck, the band went to the Green Door in Hell’s Kitchen, a cozy bar where guitarist Sergio “Serge”Pizzorno (left) and singer TomMeighan (right) could shoot pool.

Having finished the game – solids appears to have won – Meighan and Pizzorno sit at the bar.

Soundcheck begins, and the band faces an empty Terminal 5.

The lights turn pink and (from left to right) bassist Chris Edwards, Pizzorno and guitarist Tim Carter discuss the set list.

The agreed-upon set list.

Drummer Ian Matthews warms up on the ledge that overlooks the Terminal 5 stage.

A crew member bringsPizzorno’s guitars to the stage.

Meighan mugs for the camera. The band’s pre-show playlist includes, at this moment, theBeastie Boys’ “Intergalactic” and up next, the Beatles.

About to go on.
Meighan onstage. The band would open with one of their new tracks, “Bumblebee,” before turning toward “Shoot the Runner” (from 2006) and “Underdog” (2009).

Meighan addresses the sold-out crowd. A set highlight came when the band turned the intro from “The Doberman” into 2009 track “Take Aim” midway through the show.

Pizzorno and Meighan work it.
A rock star’s rock star,Pizzorno knocks out a big riff in front of the drum riser.

The band laughs about the first portion of the show while catching their breath before the encore.

Pizzorno leaps during an encore performance of “Vlad the Impaler.” They would follow the song with a cover of Fatboy Slim‘s “Praise You.”

The view from the front of stage asKasabian took their final bow after closing with 2004’s breakout single, “L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever).”

Exhausted, Pizzorno walks offstage. Kasabian’s 48:13 tour would continue the next night with a show in Washington, D.C.