We have to go back three years to remember the last time we talked about Kasabian. It was in 2017 that the British band released their sixth and final studio album For Crying Our Loud. Since then there have been some concerts and the announcement of an album that apparently will not come soon. However, this week they have filled more newspaper headlines than forums and auditoriums as they used to.
It was yesterday (July 6) that Kasabian announced that their vocalist Tom Meighan would leave the Leicestershire quintet to “focus your energies on straightening your life.” Something that came completely by surprise (if we ignore his known mental health issues). In fact, it was expected that in the coming months the band could return to the studio to record their seventh album, for which, the band itself Tom Meighan He said he had been working on some songs.
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Little by little the water became clear and the story of the departure of Tom Meighan began to have more answers than questions. One of these personal problems was the accusation against him on a charge of domestic violence.
Tom Meighan faced the charges in court and the now-former Kasabian vocalist pleaded guilty to the charges. Thanks to his statement Meighan now faces 200 hours of community work as a sentence.
To understand the origins of this storm in the Kasabian story, we need to go to April 9, the date the Leicester police received a call from a boy asking for help with a domestic problem. Police arrived and found Tom Meighan and his ex-fiancé Vikki Ager. She encountered various signs of physical assault and he “It smelled strongly of intoxicants.”
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Kasabian explains the facts in detail
Through an official statement published through his social networks, Kasabian undertook to explain to his fans in more detail how the events took place and why is it that meighan left the band. There they have shared some key points such as that the decision to fire Tom was made long ago but that they were waiting for him to be found guilty in court.
On the other hand they talk that they felt cheated and that they made them believe that Tom would accept their guilt. However, Meighan decided to keep quiet and fooled many fans. We leave you the official statement and a bitter but quite successful drink:
Now that the legal proceedings have been concluded, we can comment on the departure of Tom Meighan from the band. Full statement below. Kasabian x pic.twitter.com/vP7Y61sxQA
– KasabianHQ (@KasabianHQ) July 7, 2020
Now that the legal proceedings have concluded, we can comment on Tom Meighan’s departure from Kasabian.
No one in the band wanted this to happen. We have all worked very hard for the past 23 years and had great plans for our future together. We are completely heartbroken.
But we had no choice but to ask Tom to leave the band. There is absolutely no way that we can approve your assault conviction. Domestic violence and abuse of any kind is totally unacceptable.
As soon as we uncovered the charges made against Tom, we as a gang made the decision that we could no longer work with him. Unfortunately, we had to contain this information until we were found guilty in court.
They led us to believe that Tom would raise his hands and in his statement would tell everyone what he had done, but he decided not to, deceiving many fans.
Ultimately, as much as Tom has hurt us all, we are not the victim in all of this. Domestic violence is something that cannot be excused.
Thank you for your support in this difficult time. I see them soon. Kasabian ”.
It was a few hours ago when Tom Meighan announced his departure from the British band with which he had 23 years and six albums released. Although he only mentioned that the reason was to resolve “personal issues”, the singer did not broach the subject further until this day, where Kasabian has put the cards on the table and informed his fans about the delicate situation.