Sunday, December 4, 2011


"Velociraptor!," Kasabian's fourth album, is bringing the British quartet to North America in 2012 for its first visit in five years -- and high time, according to guitarist and songwriter Sergio Pizzorno.

"The last time (for 2009's 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'), it was one of those situations where we were doing so well in the rest of the world, it was kind of like, 'We've got to go there,' " Pizzorno tells "No one in America knew the album was out, hardly, which is a real shame because it's such a good album.

"But this time out there's a while different team at our label, who are buzzing. And the reaction we've gotten out of a few (radio) stations in America is good, so we're going to be spending a lot more time there, which I'm happy about. America is such a beautiful place to be in a band. We're so into our late 60s, early 70s rock, and we just feel like America's a place to have a good time."

The party will start for Kasabian on March 12 in Dallas, continuing for 19 shows until wrapping up April 22 in Denver, with more dates expected to be scheduled later in the year. The trek will be accompanied by the spring release of the "Velociraptor! Super Deluxe Box," a 1,000-copy limited edition signed by the band members and featuring a hardcover sketchbook, a poster and four metal feathers representing the artwork used for the album's singles.

Released in September, "Velociraptor!" was Kasabian's third consecutive No. 1 album in the U.K., where it's already gone gold. "It's had the most successful start yet," Pizzorno says. "In this day and age, every year that passes someone will say, 'People are buying even less records than when you brought out your last album,' so you just have to try and make a great album and hope people dig it. But this time around, our first week was our most successful yet. It's exciting times."

 March  12: Dallas,  Tex. (South Side Music Hall)
March  15: Houston,  Tex. (Fitzgerald's)
March  17: Atlanta,  Ga. (Center  Stage)
March  18: Orlando, Fla. (Beacham Theatre)
March  20: Washington,  D.C. (9:30 Club)
March  21: Philadelphia,  Penn. (Theatre of the Living Arts)
March  22:  New York,  N.Y. (Terminal 5)
March  27: Boston,  Mass. (House of Blues)
March  28: Montreal,  Quebec (Corona Theatre)
March  29: Toronto,  Ont. (Phoenix Concert Ballroom)
April  1: Pontiac,  Mich. (Crofoot  Ballroom)
April  2: Chicago,  Ill. (Vic Theatre)
April  3: Minneapolis,  Minn. (First Avenue)
April  6: Edmonton,  Alb. (Edmonton Event Center)
April  7: Calgary,  Alb. (MacEwan  Hall Ballroom)
April  9: Vancouver,  B.C. (Vogue  Theatre)
April  10: Seattle,  Wash. (The Showbox @ The Market)
April  11: Portland,  Oreg. (Wonder Ballroom)
April  22: Denver,  Colo. (The Summit Music Hall)

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