PHOTOS: Kasabian caps U.S. tour at the Regency Ballroom


Photos: Karen Goldman

SAN FRANCISCO — The first fan to arrive at Kasabian‘s U.S. tour closer at the Regency Ballroom arrived at 8 a.m. on Sunday, 11 hours prior to doors opening and directly after getting off an airplane from Boise. The rest of the crowd was a mix of Britpop lovers and soccer banner-carrying English ex-pats, many of whom were ready to bounce up and down for the rock band’s 70-minute set.

Vocalist Tom Meighan, guitarist Sergio Pizzorno, bassist Chris Edwards and drummer Ian Matthews played a mix of songs heavy on the new album For Crying Out Loud and 2014’s 48:13. After kicking things off with the splintering new single “Ill Ray (The King),” they transitioned into “Bumblebeee,” and the electronic club tune “Eez-Eh,” complete with a cover of Daft Punk’s “Around the World.” “San Francisco, for a fucking stoned place, you sound good tonight,” Meighan quipped afterward. The new engine-revving track “Twentyfourseven” followed, and then two fan favorites: “Underdog,” off 2007’s West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum and “Shoot the Runner,” from 2006’s Empire.

After wishing “happy birthday” to a fan, the band moved on to the highlight of the night, the one-two punch of new track “You’re in Love With a Psycho” and “Club Foot,” off Kasabian’s 2004 self-titled debut album. Pizzorno came down into the pit in front of the barricade to shake hands and sing to fans during the latter.

— Roman Gokhman

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