Kasabian: Alhambra - an absolute triumph of a gig

Kasabian play at Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline, May 2014'''Credit: Steve Gunn'Shotbyagunn

Kasabian play at Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline, May 2014'''Credit: Steve Gunn'Shotbyagunn

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It was billed as the biggest gig ever in Fife. It was almost also one of the shortest ever. It ended as one of the greatest ... ever!

Midway through ‘Shoot The Runner’ their second song, Kasabian tripped the power, sparking a 25-minute delay while the technical teams worked out how to fix it while a jam-packed, noisy, excited crowd partied on in great spirits.

All credit to them for getting this gig up and running, and to the band who returned to shake the very foundations of this building with a cracking live set.

I don’t think I have ever seen the Alhambra bounce with such utter exuberance - from the back row of the balcony to the front of the stalls, it was a sea of flying plastic tumblers of beer, folk up on shoulders, tops off, sweaty, noisy, sing-along, jump around live music at its very, very best.

The band? Well, they simply nailed it.

They handled the delay brilliantly, and ended the show with guitarist Sergio Pizzoro racing off stage and into the old royal box to conduct the fans and take a final bow - if anything they had just as much fun as a crowd which poured out into the streets still singing and chanting.

The set list roamed from their debut to their forthcoming fifth album - due out next month - and new single ‘Eez-eh’ and culminated with Fat Boy Slim’s ‘Praise You’ and they were absolute masters at working with a crowd that was probably one of the best I’ve ever seen at a gig in Fife. This was festival/arena rock shoehorned into a provincial setting without losing one iota of power or impact - it was something to behold.

You rarely see bands of the standing of Kasabian round these parts - they headline the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury next month - so this was a huge feather in the Alhambra’s cap.

And, the final verdict has to be an absolute triumph for the band, fans, and venue - a night that will live long in the memory.

>> Dawn Renton’s gig verdict:

Ah, live music, you just can’t beat it and Leicester band, Kasabian did it proud.

It is not often that our wee corner of Scotland gets a visit from such a large band, and indie fans left the Alhambra fully satisfied and with ringing in their ears.

From fans that were squashed together like sardines to guitarist Sergio running amok, it was a gig that was exactly as it should be: loud, proud and filled with dirty rock music.

And they certainly rocked this reporter right out of her Chelsea boots.

Powercut? What, powercut?

Cheers, for the visit lads, come back soon, you will always be welcome in Fife.

Kasabian: Alhambra - an absolute triumph of a gig

It was billed as the biggest gig ever in Fife. It was almost also one of the shortest ever. It ended as one of the greatest ... ever!

Allan Crow

allan.crow@jpress.co.uk