Kasabian Close Glastonbury With Birthday Treat For Pal

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June 29, 2014 | 8:57pm EST

British rockers Kasabian paid tribute to their longtime roadie during their headline set at Glastonbury festival on Sunday night by leading the crowd in a rendition of Happy Birthday as a treat for their pal.
The Fire hitmakers closed the iconic three-day event in the south west of England, and they entertained revelers with tracks including Club Foot, Empire, Shoot the Runner, and a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy.
Towards the end of their show, the band told the crowd their roadie of ten years, identified only as Rick, was celebrating his birthday on Sunday and they invited him on to the stage before leading the audience in a chorus of Happy Birthday.
Guitarist Serge Pizzorno said, “He’s given his life to rock and roll so we owe him that.”
Frontman Tom Meighan also spoke movingly of how the band first played Glastonbury ten years ago in an early afternoon slot on a remote stage, and he thanked fans for helping them achieve headline status.
Earlier on Sunday, country legend Dolly Parton proved to be the biggest draw of Glastonbury 2014 when she attracted a capacity crowd during her afternoon set, performing to larger numbers than Friday night headliners Arcade Fire and Saturday’s bill-toppers Metallica.

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