Serge Pizzorno has mentioned the sacking of Tom Meighan, after the former Kasabian frontman was found guilty of assaulting his wife in 2020.
Pizzorno, who has taken over as lead vocalist in the band Leicester, has spoken in a new interview about the decision to fire Meighan.
“The summer when Tom died was really heartbreaking,” said Pizzorno Guardians.
“It feels like leaving the house and coming back and seeing it burn down, walking around the ashes, seeing old paintings and artefacts and picking those up and sifting through the ruin. It was a stressful time.”
Pizzorno, who is promoting Kasabian’s new album “The Alchemist’s Euphoria”, added that “it always surprises me” that fans have been heartbroken by the band’s decision to fire Meighan. The former soldier was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid labor and later married Vikki Ager, his abusive partner.
“It always amazes me how strong people’s opinions are when they’re ignorant of the actual facts,” says Pizzorno. “There are many more ways. Who in their mind would fire a top person for no reason?
“Over the years, there have been some tough times. I don’t want to be in them because I feel like it’s the band’s job.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Pizzorno said that all the band “ever wanted was for him to be happy”, alluding to Meighan’s solo career. The musician added that he hasn’t spoken to Meighan since their post-trial meeting. “So if he’s happy doing that, then great.”
Kasabian bassist Chris Edwards says he hasn’t spoken to Meighan in over a year, though will always ask his friend – who has struggled with alcoholism – for help if he needs it. .
“The last time we spoke, I said, ‘Dude, if you need help, if you fall off your car, if you have a problem at home, you can come and stay at my house.” was how we left it – with a hug and we said we loved each other. There was no malice in the breakup. It was heartbreaking but it happened,” Edwards said.
Kasabian released their seventh album ‘The Alchemist’s Euphoria’ on August 5.
Pizzorno talked to NME earlier this month about new album and recent single ‘SCRIPTVRE’. When asked about how ‘SCRIPTVRE’ would represent the band’s upcoming record, Pizzorno said it “has some pretty confusing twists and turns”.
“The album is big, grand, but also very personal,” says Pizzorno. “There are some softer edges besides the large parts. Overall, it’s a beautiful thing and the most cohesive record we’ve ever made. It was an emotional trip.
“It has a very common sense of the fork in the road and the path you are going to take. You’re a ship in the harbor – will you stay in the harbor, or do what a shop is supposed to do and go into the sea, man? Go and ride as many waves as you can and see where you go. It’s about dealing with that. ”
https://www.nme.com/news/music/kasabians-serge-pizzorno-says-firing-tom-meighan-was-like-seeing-your-house-burn-down-3227087?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kasabians-serge-pizzorno-says-firing-tom-meighan-was-like-seeing-your-house-burn-down Kasabian say firing Tom Meighan “was like seeing your house burn down”