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Kasabian Crush New York: Behind the U.K. Band’s Terminal 5 Invasion

Backstage and onstage at an explosive show supporting their most recent U.K. Number One, ’48:13′

Kasabian playing pool

Kasabian playing pool

Sacha Lecca

Kasabian released 48:13, their fourth consecutive U.K. Number One album, and played a headlining set in a pyramid stage at the country's Glastonbury Festival in June. Three months later, they returned to the U.S., bringing the North American leg of their tour to New York's Terminal 5 on September 27th. Rolling Stone caught up with the group in Manhattan, documenting their busy day in the Big Apple from the pool hall to the front row of their sold-out show. Photos by Sacha Lecca

Kasabian playing pool

Kasabian at Terminal 5 in New York, NY 9/27/14

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Sharks

Before Kasabian's soundcheck, the band went to the Green Door in Hell's Kitchen, a cozy bar where guitarist Sergio "Serge" Pizzorno (left) and singer Tom Meighan (right) could shoot pool.

Kasabian playing pool

Kasabian at Terminal 5 in New York, NY 9/27/14

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Barroom Blues

Having finished the game – solids appears to have won – Meighan and Pizzorno sit at the bar.

Kasabian during sound check

Kasabian at Terminal 5 in New York, NY 9/27/14

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Empty House

The lights turn pink and (from left to right) bassist Chris Edwards, Pizzorno and guitarist Tim Carter discuss the set list.

Drummer Ian Matthews drumming offstage

Kasabian at Terminal 5 in New York, NY 9/27/14

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Little Drummer Bro

Drummer Ian Matthews warms up on the ledge that overlooks the Terminal 5 stage.

Kasabian before going on stage

Kasabian at Terminal 5 in New York, NY 9/27/14

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Sunglasses Inside

Meighan mugs for the camera. The band's pre-show playlist includes, at this moment, the Beastie Boys' "Intergalactic" and up next, the Beatles.

Kasabian performing onstage

Kasabian at Terminal 5 in New York, NY 9/27/14

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Strike a Pose

Meighan onstage. The band would open with one of their new tracks, "Bumblebee," before turning toward "Shoot the Runner" (from 2006) and "Underdog" (2009).

Kasabian arriving on stage to a live audience

Kasabian at Terminal 5 in New York, NY 9/27/14

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Sold-Out

Meighan addresses the sold-out crowd. A set highlight came when the band turned the intro from "The Doberman" into 2009 track "Take Aim" midway through the show.

Kasabian performing onstage

Kasabian at Terminal 5 in New York, NY 9/27/14

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Guitar Hero

A rock star's rock star, Pizzorno knocks out a big riff in front of the drum riser.

Kasabian waiting off stage waiting to play encore performance

Kasabian at Terminal 5 in New York, NY 9/27/14

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Time Out

The band laughs about the first portion of the show while catching their breath before the encore.

Kasabian performing onstage

Kasabian at Terminal 5 in New York, NY 9/27/14

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Air Serge

Pizzorno leaps during an encore performance of "Vlad the Impaler." They would follow the song with a cover of Fatboy Slim's "Praise You."

Kasabian's concert goers

Kasabian at Terminal 5 in New York, NY 9/27/14

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Hands Up

The view from the front of stage as Kasabian took their final bow after closing with 2004's breakout single, "L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)."

Kasabian

Kasabian at Terminal 5 in New York, NY 9/27/14

The End

Exhausted, Pizzorno walks offstage. Kasabian's 48:13 tour would continue the next night with a show in Washington, D.C.