Tom Meighan Steps Down From Kasabian Due to “Personal Issues”

    Kasabian have officially announced that frontman Tom Meighan is leaving the band due to “personal issues”.

    The band posted a statement on Twitter explaining the singer’s departure: “Tom Meighan is stepping down from Kasabian by mutual consent. Tom has struggled with personal issues that have affected his behaviour for quite some time and now wants to concentrate all his energies on getting his life back on track. We will not be commenting further.”

    Meighan had been the lead singer with the Leicester group since they formed back in 1997. Along with original guitarist and close friend Sergio Pizzorno, the band went to become one of the UK’s biggest alternative rock acts, headlining Glastonbury Festival in 2014 and landing five UK Number 1 albums and 12 UK Top 40 singles, including hit single ‘Fire’.

    The news comes as somewhat of a surprise, as just last month the singer had confirmed that Kasabian were working on their seventh studio album. “We’re going to try and make a new record as soon as we can but we can’t really do anything while we’re restricted. Serge has been writing songs for Kasabian so it’s all good,” Meighan told Skye News.

    The band’s last album was 2017’s For Crying Out Loud, while Pizzorno put out a solo album under the name The SLP last year. It is not yet clear whether Kasabian will continue to tour and make music following Meighan’s departure.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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