Tom Meighan

Thomas Peter Meighan (/ˈmən/, born 11 January 1981) is an English singer and musician, best known as the former lead vocalist for the rock band Kasabian. He enjoyed large-scale success with Kasabian in the 2000s and 2010s. He is said to have an intense, frenetic personality both on and off stage.[1] He has been compared to Liam Gallagher, whom he has referred to as the "perfect frontman".[2] Meighan finished 13th in Radio X's poll of the greatest frontmen.[3]

Tom Meighan
Tom Meighan, singer of Kasabian, on the Centerstage of Rock im Park Festival 2014.
Tom Meighan, singer of Kasabian, on the Centerstage of Rock im Park Festival 2014.
Background information
Birth nameThomas Peter Meighan
Born (1981-01-11) 11 January 1981 (age 39)
Blaby, Leicestershire, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • musician
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active1997–2020
Associated actsKasabian
Websitewww.kasabian.co.uk

Early lifeEdit

Thomas Peter Meighan was born on 11 January 1981 in Blaby, Leicestershire,[4] the son of Irish window cleaner Tom Meighan Sr. and a nurse whose name is not publicly known.[5] He attended Countesthorpe Leysland Community College. He passed Art and English Literature at school, but was ungraded for many other exams after failing to attend them.[6] He enjoyed music ranging from Motown to hip hop, and constantly sang Cypress Hill songs during his youth.[7] He said, "It was a very musical house with Motown and a lot of soul music. That's what I grew up on. It was just a very loving house. It's got a very warm feeling."[8]

CareerEdit

Meighan became the lead vocalist of Kasabian at the band's inception in Leicester in 1997.[9] He has sung lead vocals on the majority of the band's recordings, has a baritone vocal range, and did not play any instruments within the group apart from tambourine on occasion and guitar on live renditions of "The Nightworkers".[10][11]

Meighan has also contributed lead to the songs "Viva La Revolution" by Superevolver, and the Lysergic Suite's "Ghosts on Crusade". He was a guest vocalist on the Dark Horses track "Count Me In",[12] which he performed with that band when they opened for Kasabian on the West Ryder tour. Additionally, he sang backing vocals on the Jersey Budd single "She Came Back".[13] Meighan has also appeared onstage with Zak Starkey's band Penguinsrising.

In 2013, Meighan began a project with rapper Wottee Watnot (Andrew Wattie) called Mic Rockers, described as "a hip hop/rock collaboration". The first video from the duo, "Mic Rockers", was released on 13 November 2013. In addition to the numerous musical awards he shares with the rest of Kasabian, he was named the 19th-best frontman of all time by a Q magazine readers' poll,[2] and 13th-best frontman of all time by a 2012 Xfm listeners' poll.[3]

Meighan took his first acting role in early 2011, as Terry Graham in the sitcom pilot Walk Like a Panther.[14] Reportedly, he had previously rejected offers to appear in Marie Antoinette due to being committed to Kasabian.[15]

On 6 July 2020, it was announced that Meighan was stepping down from Kasabian by mutual consent due to personal issues.[16][17] The next day, he pleaded guilty to having assaulted his ex-fiancee in front of her young child on 9 April 2020.[18]

Media imageEdit

Meighan earned a reputation for media provocation early in Kasabian's career, especially concerning other musicians. He became well-known for his insults, such as calling Julian Casablancas "a posh fucking skier", Pete Doherty "a fucking tramp", and Justin Timberlake "a midget with whiskers".[19] Regarding the depressing nature of emo music and its listeners, he said, "Teenagers are better than that. I want to tell them to be positive about life. You've been brought up well by your parents, so don't sit around in your bedroom cutting your wrists. Grow up."[20]

Meighan also offered more serious critiques of the effects of the Internet upon the music industry,[21] and was one of a number of celebrities to criticize Simon Cowell's handling of Susan Boyle, stating, "It will torture her for the rest of life. She is not ready for it and she is not made for it. She is being manipulated. It's horrible."[22]

As of 2009, Meighan was making an attempt to tone down his controversial image. In an interview with the Daily Record, he said, "When we released the first album, it didn't help in interviews that we slagged everyone off. We were only messing about, we were having fun but everyone took it a little too seriously…We did it for effect but we were portrayed as monsters instead of just a bunch of lads in a band. They got us so wrong. I don't regret anything we said but it was ridiculous."[23]

Meighan has supported numerous charities including Oxfam,[24] UNICEF,[25] and the Teenage Cancer Trust. In support of the latter, he assumed the role of Ace Face in The Who's 2011 benefit performance of Quadrophenia.[26]

Meighan's status as a fashion icon and well-known football fan led him to be chosen to unveil Umbro's England away football jersey in 2010, the first singer ever to do so.[27] He has also modeled for Gio-Goi[28] and Deadly Sins.[29]

Personal lifeEdit

Meighan has a daughter, Mimi Malone Meighan, with his former girlfriend Kim James. The couple split in 2016.[30]

On July 7, 2020, less than 24 hours after his departure from Kasabian was announced, Meighan pleaded guilty to assaulting his fiancée Vikki Ager in front of a child. At the time of the trial, prosecutor Naeem Valli said the "sustained assault" had left Ager with bruises on her knees, elbow, and ankle, as well as red marks around her neck. The court was told that Meighan "smelt heavily of intoxicants" as he assaulted Ager. He was ordered to 200 hours of community service.[31]

On July 8, 2020, Meighan issued a public apology. "I would like to make a statement about recent events and publicly apologise to my partner Vikki, my bandmates, my friends, family and fans. I am very sorry and deeply regret my recent behaviour. In no way am I trying to condone my actions or make excuses. I am completely to blame and accept my responsibility." Meighan said he has been struggling with an alcohol addiction and was diagnosed with ADHD: "The incident in April was a wake-up call for me, for who I was, and what I was becoming. I was spiralling out of control. My mental health was becoming more and more unstable and I was at breaking point."

Meighan said he left rehab three weeks prior and was intent on staying sober. He added his ADHD diagnosis does not excuse his behaviour, but it has helped him to understand more about his "behavioural issues". The musician concluded the post by assuring his fans the assault was an isolated incident, adding: "Vikki and I are still very much in love and we are looking forward to rebuilding our life together with the support of those close to us."[32]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Garrat, Rob. "Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan on books, reputations, hotel smashing ... and ET". The National. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Liam Gallagher crowned best frontman". The Daily Telegraph. London. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  3. ^ a b . Xfm http://www.xfm.co.uk/photoWallPhoto.asp?id=69815#No.-13---Tom-Meighan-8. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Interview: Interview with Tom Meighan (Velvetreaction.blogspot.com)". kasabiandatabase.blogspot.gr. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Tom Meighan". Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  6. ^ Kasabian on Alan Carr: Chatty Man - Season 13 Episode 1 - 12 Sep 2014. YouTube. 13 September 2014.
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  8. ^ "Kasabian's Tom Meighan joins anti-orphanage 'End The Silence' campaign and reveals favourite childhood song". web.archive.org. 2 December 2017.
  9. ^ Kasabian biography Archived 2 April 2009 at the Wayback MachineAbsolute Radio
  10. ^ "Kasabian-Nightworkers (Live at Evry France, 2005)". YouTube. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  11. ^ "Kasabian: from Leicester squares to rock heavyweights". The Guardian. London. 4 September 2011.
  12. ^ "Dark Horses - Black Music". femalefirst.co.uk. 6 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Jersey Budd talks to Absolute Radio". YouTube. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  14. ^ "Walk Like A Panther: TV Show". Walklikeapanther.tv. Archived from the original on 8 November 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  15. ^ "An Oscar for Kasabian's Tom Meighan?". Gibson. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  16. ^ @KasabianHQ (6 July 2020). "Tom Meighan is stepping down from Kasabian by mutual consent. Tom has struggled with personal issues that have affected his behaviour for quite some time and now wants to concentrate all his energies on getting his life back on track. We will not be commenting further" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  17. ^ Reilly, Nick (6 July 2020). "Kasabian confirm departure of singer Tom Meighan after struggling with "personal issues"". NME. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  18. ^ Halliday, Josh (7 July 2020). "Former Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan admits assaulting ex-fiancee". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Brit Rockers Attack Timberlake: 'a Midget With Whiskers'... – the Fashion Spot". Forums.thefashionspot.com. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  20. ^ Kasabian Singer On Emo: 'All It Causes Is Moaning Teenagers' – MTV.com
  21. ^ "Kasabian's Tom Meighan: 'The internet has killed rock stars' | News". NME. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  22. ^ "The hex factor", Daily Record, 25 November 2009, p. 145
  23. ^ "Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan hits out over X Factor, Simon Cowell and Susan Boyle". Daily Record. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  24. ^ "Kasabian star Tom Meighan donates designer clothes to Oxfam". Metro.co.uk. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  25. ^ "Kasabian's Tom Meighan records new song with Leicester band for charity". NME. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  26. ^ "The Who Close TCT Shows With Performance of Quadrophenia «". Powerlinead.wordpress.com. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  27. ^ Martin Pengelly (10 February 2010). "England book Kasabian to reveal new away shirt in Paris". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  28. ^ "Liam Gallagher, Tom Meighan Turn Models". Gigwise. 5 October 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  29. ^ [2] Archived 11 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  30. ^ "Tom Meighan Opens Up About Split From Partner & Death Of "Great Friend"". [[Radio X (United Kingdom}|Radio X]]. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  31. ^ Halliday, Josh (7 July 2020). "Former Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan admits assaulting ex-fiancee". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  32. ^ Harrison, Ellie (7 July 2020). "Tom Meighan: Former Kasabian frontman issues statement after domestic violence conviction". The Independent. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 7 August 2020.

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