Tom Meighan has claimed that Kasabian tried to “gag” him.
The 41-year-old star was the lead singer of the rock band in the late 1990s alongside Chris Karloff, Sergio Pizzorno, Chris Edwards, Ian Matthews and Tim Carter, but formally left the band in 2020 for “personal reasons”. but it later emerged that he had been charged with domestic violence – claiming he was “watched” during his time in the spotlight, claiming that his bandmates conspired to oust him for some time.
He said: “We rented a room, I started writing songs in my bedroom and we had all our songs on tape. We just rehearsed and we had faith and we had me, that was the main thing. That was the golden ticket If you’ve got me then you’re gonna do it right and I f****** did it We rehearsed religiously four or five times a week and we got a little following We tried this record label we tried this record The guy who signed Blur didn’t like us, we were called Syracuse then and suddenly we changed the name to Kasabian, Processed Beats, and were heard.
“Then record company BMG heard about it and a guy named Jeff Docherty wanted to see us. He drew us because I had no fear in my eyes. There you go! And further on we were at Glastonbury. It was amazing. We were a family, we were brothers.
“But I felt like I was being watched. Sergio was about to be the front man for a long time. I was basically put in a cage and let out and then put back in. Very, very selfish leader. It is what it is.
“I had actually written a contract a few years ago – they had actually taken me out of the band for a few years. Nobody knows that. It’s all shh! They tried to shut me up so I wouldn’t talk.”
The ‘Fire’ hitmaker added that his bandmates tried to silence him with money, but refused to sign the contract before joking that although Sergio eventually got his “wish” by being the frontman, they did not change the band’s name had to change.
Speaking during an interview on YouTube series ‘James Hargreaves Guitar’, he added: “[They wanted to] give me some money so that I would shut up and never talk about the band again, so I just want to clarify that. It was more than some publishing money. They tried to dangle a carrot because I needed the money and I wouldn’t sign it. But if I signed it, I’d get the money and I’d never be able to talk about the band again. It was Sergio’s wish. I think he ended me because I could see it sticking his head in. He’s very ‘me, me, me’ and he always wanted to be the front man and now he’s got it. They should at least change the name!”