As someone who lived through 9/11 in New York City, I tend to be cynical whenever it’s brought up to promote something. However, I didn’t get that vibe when Brit rockers Kasabian (who I’ve seen twice) announced that they would be playing a gig on top of a building during the weekend commemorating the events in New York a decade ago. They will be performing during a break in their European tour at a soon-to-be-disclosed location.
It was that day band front man Tom Meighan said changed his path in life. “I was at work and remember hearing 9/11 unfold on the radio. I remember going home and being in absolute shock. My mum had it on the news. It was… awful.” He realized how easily things could be gone, and he decided to make a run at music, and now he’s at the top of the UK music scene. And while he’s now celebrating successes, he knows what’s at stake with so much attention now placed on him and his band.
“It will be strange for us playing in the city on such a big weekend for New York people,” he told The Sun. “It will be emotional.” It will be a heavy burden, with this heavy anniversary coming on the heels of a near disaster like Hurricane Irene. As long as he understands that New York just wants to keep it real with his rock, then everything will be okay. Everyone loves an underdog.