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Empire Tour

Kasabian performing at Teenage Cancer Trust 2007

From May 2006 to December 2007 Kasabian toured in support of their second album, Empire.

Background

The Empire tour started on 20 May 2006 in Mexico City and ended with Kasabian's Hogmanay gig in Edinburgh on New Year's Eve 2007, covering 21 countries in between, including the band's first ever performances in New Zealand, Turkey, Serbia, Mexico and Brazil.

In August 2006 Kasabian supported The Rolling Stones in Zurich and Nice, and Faithless in Dublin.

Songs performed

From Kasabian

From Empire

From West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

B-Sides

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
America
20 May 2006 Mexico City Mexico Nokia Trends Mexico
Europe
3 June 2006 Lisbon Portugal Rock in Rio Lisboa
7 July 2006 Dublin Ireland Spirit
8 July 2006 Naas Oxegen Festival
9 July 2006 Kinross Scotland T in the Park
26 July 2006 London England Maida Vale Studios
3 August 2006 MTV Studios
5 August 2006 Zurich Switzerland Airfield Dübendorf[1]
8 August 2006 Nice France Stade Charles-Ehrmann[1]
11 August 2006 Ibiza Town Spain Ibiza Rocks
12 August 2006
14 August 2006 Edinburgh Scotland Corn Exchange
15 August 2006 London England O2 Academy Brixton
17 August 2006 Dublin Ireland Marlay Park[2]
19 August 2006 Chelmsford England V Festival
20 August 2006 Stafford
25 August 2006 Saint-Cloud France Rock en Seine
30 August 2006 London England HMV Oxford Street
31 August 2006 Wolverhampton Civic Bar
2 September 2006 Istanbul Turkey Rock'n Coke
4 September 2006 Leicester England Leicester University Union
8 September 2006 Paris France La Maroquinerie
11 September 2006 London England Hospital Club[3]
12 September 2006 Koko[4]
America
17 September 2006 Boston, MA USA Paradise Rock Club
18 September 2006 Providence, RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
20 September 2006 New York City, NY Webster Hall
21 September 2006 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
23 September 2006 Baltimore, MD Virgin Festival
24 September 2006 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
26 September 2006 Montreal, QC Canada La Tulipe
27 September 2006 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
29 September 2006 Detroit, MI USA Saint Andrew's Hall
30 September 2006 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
2 October 2006 Chicago, IL Metro
3 October 2006 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
5 October 2006 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Cafe
7 October 2006 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
10 October 2006 San Diego, CA House of Blues
11 October 2006 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre
13 October 2006 San Francisco, CA The Independent
15 October 2006 Vancouver, BC Canada Commodore Ballroom
16 October 2006 Seattle, WA USA Neumo's
Europe
21 October 2006 London England Koko[5]
28 October 2006 Roundhouse[6]
America
13 November 2006 Millvale, PA USA Mr. Small's Theatre
15 November 2006 Atlanta, GA The Loft
16 November 2006 St. Petersburg, FL State Theater
17 November 2006 Orlando, FL The Social
19 November 2006 Houston, TX The Engine Room
20 November 2006 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
21 November 2006 Dallas, TX Gyspy Tea Room
Europe
26 November 2006 London England Union Chapel[7]
5 December 2006 Leicester De Montfort Hall
6 December 2006
7 December 2006 Glasgow Scotland S.E.C.C.
9 December 2006 London England O2 Academy Brixton
10 December 2006 Leeds Leeds Metropolitan University
11 December 2006 Manchester MEN Arena
12 December 2006 Cardiff Wales Motorpoint Arena
14 December 2006 Birmingham England NEC Arena
15 December 2006 Nottingham Nottingham Arena
16 December 2006 Brighton Brighton Centre
18 December 2006 Bournemouth BIC
19 December 2006 London Earls Court
21 December 2006 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Asia
6 January 2007 Nagoya Japan Zepp Nagoya
7 January 2007 Osaka Namba Hatch
8 January 2007 Zepp Osaka
10 January 2007 Fukuoka Zepp Fukuoka
12 January 2007 Tokyo Kokusai Forum
13 January 2007 Yokohama Yokohama Blitz
14 January 2007 Tokyo Zepp Tokyo
Australasia
18 January 2007 Auckland New Zealand The Studio
19 January 2007 Big Day Out Auckland
21 January 2007 Southport Australia Big Day Out Gold Coast
24 January 2007 Brisbane The Arena
25 January 2007 Sydney Big Day Out Sydney
26 January 2007 Enmore Theatre
28 January 2007 Melbourne Big Day Out Melbourne
1 February 2007 Palace Theatre
2 February 2007 Adelaide Big Day Out Adelaide
4 February 2007 Perth Big Day Out Perth
Europe
13 February 2007 London England Hammersmith Palais
14 February 2007 Brussels Belgium Ancienne Belgique
16 February 2007 Zurich Switzerland Rohstofflager
17 February 2007 Munich Germany Backstage
18 February 2007 Frankfurt Mousonturm
20 February 2007 Hamburg Markthalle
21 February 2007 Berlin Kesselhaus
23 February 2007 Paris France Le Bataclan
24 February 2007 Lille Zénith Aréna
26 February 2007 Amsterdam The Netherlands Paradiso
27 February 2007 Strasbourg France La Laiterie
28 February 2007 Lyon Ninkasi
3 March 2007 Madrid Spain La Riviera
4 March 2007 Barcelona Razzmatazz
7 March 2007 Sheffield England Sheffield Arena
29 March 2007 London Royal Albert Hall[8]
4 May 2007 Limerick Ireland Dolan's Warehouse
5 May 2007 Dublin Green Energy Festival
19 May 2007 Preston England Radio 1's Big Weekend
24 May 2007 Inverness Scotland The Ironworks
25 May 2007 Broadford Isle of Skye Music Festival
8 June 2007 Portsmouth England Wedgewood Rooms
9 June 2007 Newport Isle of Wight Festival
12 June 2007 Madrid Spain PepeWorld Festival
21 June 2007 Newport Wales Newport Centre
22 June 2007 Pilton England Glastonbury Festival
26 June 2007 Indija Serbia Green Fest
28 June 2007 Budapest Hungary Petőfi Csarnok
29 June 2007 Bucharest Romania Romexpo
7 July 2007 London England Wembley Stadium[9]
8 July 2007 Kinross Scotland T in the Park
13 July 2007 London England Somerset House
16 July 2007 Ibiza Town Spain Ibiza Rocks
17 July 2007
22 July 2007 Carhaix-Plouguer France Festival des Vieilles Charrues
26 July 2007 Leicester England Athena
31 July 2007 London iTunes Festival
Asia
11 August 2007 Osaka Japan Summer Sonic Osaka
12 August 2007 Tokyo Summer Sonic Tokyo
Europe
17 August 2007 Biddinghuizen The Netherlands Lowlands Festival
18 August 2007 Stafford England V Festival
19 August 2007 Chelmsford
22 August 2007 Belfast Northern Ireland Tennent's Vital
31 August 2007 Winterthur Switzerland Musikfestwochen
2 September 2007 Trinity Jersey Jersey Live
4 September 2007 Norwich England Norwich U.E.A.
5 September 2007 Grimsby Grimsby Auditorium
6 September 2007 Glasgow Scotland ABC
America
10 November 2007 São Paulo Brazil Planeta Terra
Europe
31 December 2007 Edinburgh Scotland Hogmanay

Opening acts

  • Kharma 45
  • The Fratellis
  • Mew
  • One Thousand Pictures
  • Blue October
  • Guillemots
  • Men Women & Children
  • The Temper Trap
  • The Enemy
  • The Hours
  • Black Daniel
  • The Bees
  • The Lea Shores
  • The Blizzards
  • Future Kings Of Spain
  • Underground Heroes

Trivia

  • Starting from 20 May 2006, Jay Mehler permanently joined the band as a touring guitarist, replacing Chris Karloff
  • On 12 September 2006 at NME.com's 10th Birthday and at the Hogmanay gig in Edinburgh on 31 December 2007, Noel Gallagher joined Kasabian for a few songs
  • On 26 July 2007 in Leicester, Fast Fuse was performed live for the first time

Tour book

Empire Tour Book

The official Empire tour programme contains an interview with Kasabian and handwritten messages to the fans by all four band members, as well as previously unseen photographs, some of them from personal collections. It also includes lyrics to all the songs on Empire, though not all of them correct. The programme was still available for purchase in the band's online shop until December 2009.

Releases and broadcasts

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Supporting The Rolling Stones
  2. Supporting Faithless
  3. Recording for AOL Sessions
  4. NME.com's 10th Birthday
  5. TV recording for Album Chart Show
  6. Part of the BBC Electric Proms
  7. Part of the Little Noise Sessions, supporting Noel Gallagher
  8. Part of Teenage Cancer Trust 2007
  9. Part of Live Earth

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