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Wednesday 04 May 2022.

Wednesday 04 May 2022. TOM MEIGHAN live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Ex KASABIAN singer plays his debut solo tour. Expect half a dozen KASABIAN classics in his setlist. I saw Tom fronting KASABIAN several times since 2005...a great live act. Tom and Serge were a great pairing. He has released three solo singles, but as yet no solo album has been released. Debut solo single "Would You Mind" is a great track. After Meighan pleaded guilty to assaulting his partner in July 2020 , the remaining members of Kasabian issued a full statement regarding his status in the band. “No one in the band wanted this to happen,” the statement read. “We have all worked so hard for the past twenty three years and had big plans for our future together. We’re completely heartbroken. “But we were left with no choice but to ask Tom to leave the band. There is absolutely no way we can condone his assault conviction. Domestic violence and abuse of any kind is totally unacceptable.” They continued: “As soon as we found out about the charges made against Tom, we as a band made the decision that we could no longer work with him. Unfortunately we had to hold back this information until he was found guilty in court". ------------- Tom had such a good number as the singer with KASABIAN, but has pretty much lost his main career. KASABIAN sold out two nights at Brixton Academy without him on their recent tour and although Tom was the singer in KASABIAN he is struggling to fill this venue which is half the size of Brixton Academy. Amazingly Levels 2 and 3 are closed as unsold, although the other two levels are full. Another one of those shows that easily had over 100 on the guest list. LINA MAXINE & band arrived on stage at 8.15pm for their 30 mins set. Russian-American singer-songwriter played a decent set of alt-rock tunes. Her set included a very nice Linkin Park cover. TOM MEIGHAN & band arrived on stage at 9.15pm for their 85 mins set. Needless to say the crowd is a lively beer drinking KASABIAN crowd. A nice stage production as several screens are showing pre-recorded images. Tom is a great frontman, as he stands arms aloft on the podiums front of stage, to ramp the crowd up. Even his wife is up dancing and singing with her friends in the Level 1 VIP seats. The five musicians backing him, sounded really good. The excellent six KASABIAN classics played sent the crowd totally wild. The crowd sung along to his debut single, and the new solo tracks went down well. The new material certainly sees him in reflective mood, but very keen to be out playing live again. It was a really great show. Out of This World Underdog (Kasabian song) Something's About to Change Icarus Shoot the Runner (Kasabian song) (With ‘Breathe’ snippet in honour of Prodigys Keith Flint RIP) Thinking on Our Feet Would You Mind Sunshine L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever) (Kasabian song) Deep Dive Footdown Darkest Hour Let It Ride Empire (Kasabian song) Club Foot (Kasabian song) Encore: Movin' On Fire (Kasabian song) -------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------- Tuesday 03 May 2022...I went to two events tonight... 6.30pm to 7.30pm. TOBY MOTT - book launch party - at The ICA, The Mall, St James's, London SW1. Toby Mott has released his new book 'New Age : Stonehenge To Jungle, B2B 1973/2000". On display are lots of dance event flyers and posters that are included in the book. A nice glossy book, with a hefty price tag of £70. Complementary beers here for the 50 or 60 guests. then 8pm to 9.30pm. Multi-artist - gallery private view - 4 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, London SW7. My first time at this brand new contemporary gallery that opened during the pandemic. London's £20m Cromwell Place gallery hub is a complex, housed in five townhouses in South Kensington. Many different rooms here, and a very nice outdoor space. Complementary prosecco and wines for the 100 plus guests.