Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan quits band over ‘personal issues’ – but assures fans he’ll ‘see you all very soon’
After the shock announcement, Meighan reassured fans he’d be back, saying: “I am doing well. I’m in a really good place now”.
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Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has left the band after struggling with “personal issues”.
A statement on behalf of the group said: “Kasabian have announced today that Tom Meighan is stepping down from the band 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.”
Kasabian said they would not be commenting further on his departure, but Meighan tweeted several hours after the band’s official statement to reassure fans that he was feeling OK.
He said: “Following today’s announcement I just wanted to let you all know that I am doing well. I’m in a really good place now. Thanks for all your love and support. I’ll be seeing you all very soon.”
Following an extended break, the Leicester band had been due to play a huge return gig in their home city last month.
They were left “absolutely brokenhearted” after the coronavirus pandemic put paid to their plans, while work on their seventh album also ground to a halt.
Speaking to Sky News about his solo music just a few weeks ago, Meighan insisted a split wasn’t on the cards and described the band as “solid”, saying: “I’m writing loads of music at the minute. We’ll see what happens. I’ve got a few cookies in the jar…
“They ain’t bad, you know. It’s very autobiographical, like the story of my life. It’s kind of… heartbreaking. Well, not heartbreaking, just to the core, you know. Very real.
“And you know, when Sergio did his thing last year, everyone was like, ‘how do you feel about it?’ I love it.
“Why wouldn’t I? And his music was incredible… He’s doing his thing, I’m doing mine, but Kasabian are still solid. You know, it’s just a bad time at the moment, for rock ‘n’ roll. For human beings in general.”
Meighan also said he’s been writing his own material for years.
“I’m logging my life, like a diary,” he said.
“And I was like, these songs ain’t bad, really. I think they’re alright. We’ll see what happens.”
Speaking about Kasabian’s cancelled comeback due to COVID-19, Meighan told Sky News last month: “I believe things happen for a reason.
“So I’d imagine we’ll be back next year to play Vicky Park when the restrictions are all gone. But I can’t imagine any rock’n’roll music being played till at least next summer.
“It’s a bit of a kicking but we’ll be back, it’ll be stronger. There’s people who have cancelled weddings, lots of things. It’s just one of those things and unfortunately, coronavirus, what’s happened to the world is very serious.
“I can’t wait to go back out there and play rock’n’roll music again.”
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One of the most successful UK bands of the 2000s, Kasabian was formed by Meighan, songwriter Serge Pizzorno, bass player Chris Edwards and lead guitarist Chris Karloff while they were still at school in the 1990s.
Karloff left the band in 2006 due to “artistic and creative differences”.
Drummer Ian Matthews, the only member not originally from Leicester, joined the group in 2004.
The band have released six albums over their 23-year history, with all but one reaching the top of the charts.
Pizzorno, who Meighan has described as his “best mate” as well as colleague, released his first solo album last year.
Meighan, who still lives in Leicester, is engaged and has an eight-year-old daughter, Mimi.