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Kasabian say firing Tom Meighan “was like seeing your home burn down”

Serge Pizzorno has addressed Tom Meighan’s sacking, after the previous Kasabian frontman was convicted in 2020 of assaulting his spouse.

Pizzorno, who has since taken over lead singer duties within the Leicester band, spoke in a brand new interview concerning the determination to fireside Meighan.

“The summer time when Tom left was completely heartbreaking,” Pizzorno advised The Guardian.

“It felt like leaving dwelling and coming again and seeing it burnt down, strolling around the ashes, seeing outdated photos and artefacts and choosing issues up and sifting by means of the destruction. It was an intense time.”

Kasabian’s Tom Meighan (Image: Getty)

Pizzorno, who’s selling Kasabian’s new album ‘The Alchemist’s Euphoria’, added that “it at all times amazes me” how followers have been so aggrieved by the band’s determination to sack Meighan. The previous frontman was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid labour and has since married Vikki Ager, the accomplice that he abused.

“It at all times amazes me how sturdy individuals’s opinions are once they don’t know something concerning the precise fact,” Pizzorno stated. “There’s far more to it. Who of their proper thoughts would sack a frontman if there wasn’t trigger?

“Through the years, there have been some powerful moments. I don’t wish to go into them as a result of I really feel like that’s the band’s enterprise.”

Elsewhere within the interview Pizzorno stated that every one the band “ever needed was for him to be glad”, referencing Meighan’s solo profession. The musician added that he hasn’t spoken to Meighan since their post-trial assembly. “So if he’s glad doing that, then nice.”

Kasabian’s Sergio Pizzorno at Nottingham’s Rock Metropolis. Credit score: Getty

Kasabian bassist Chris Edwards stated that he hasn’t spoken to Meighan for over a 12 months both, though will at all times supply his pal – who has struggled with alcoholism – assist if he wants it.

“The final time we spoke, I stated, ‘Mate, in the event you need assistance, in the event you fall off the wagon, you probably have issues with something at dwelling, you possibly can come and keep at mine.’ That’s how we left it – with a hug and we stated we cherished one another. There’s no malice within the separation. It’s heartbreaking but it surely’s occurred,” Edwards stated.

Kasabian launch their seventh album ‘The Alchemist’s Euphoria’ on August 5.

Pizzorno spoke to NME earlier this month concerning the new album and up to date single ‘SCRIPTVRE’. When requested about how consultant ‘SCRIPTVRE’ is of the band’s upcoming document, Pizzorno stated it “takes some fairly obscure turns”.

“The album has an enormous, epic sound however with a private contact as properly,” Pizzorno stated. “There are some softer edges alongside the huge elements. As an entire, it’s a gorgeous factor and probably the most cohesive document we’ve ever made. It’s an emotional journey.

“It has a really common feeling about forks within the highway and which means you’re going to go. You’re a ship within the harbour – are you going to remain within the harbour, or do what a store is meant to do and get within the fucking sea, man? Go and trip as many waves as potential and see the place you find yourself. It’s about coping with that.”

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