It has been confirmed that Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan is leaving the band as he is struggling with "personal issues that have affected his behaviour for quite some time".

In a statement posted to Twitter, Kasabian said Meighan wanted to "concentrate all his energies on getting his life back on track".

The statement read: "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."

39-year-old Meighan has been Kasabian's lead vocalist since they formed in 1997. His departure leaves guitarist Serge Pizzorno and bassist Chris Edwards as the only remaining founding members, with current drummer Ian Matthews joining the group in 2004.

Meighan was known for his on-stage antics and strong opinions on other musicians including Julian Casablancas, Pete Doherty and Justin Timberlake.

Last month, he revealed the band were back together after a hiatus and working on their first new material since For Crying Out Loud in 2017.

Those sessions came after Pizzorno used the band's break to release a well-received solo album under the moniker The SLP.

Kasabian have released six studio albums and be awarded several awards including a Brit Award in 2010 for Best British Group.

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