During the recording of Kasabian’s second album, Empire, Christopher Karloff, one of the band’s chief songwriters, had “artistic and creative differences” and was asked to leave the band, according to the band’s website, although there is evidence to suggest that Christopher Karloff left due to personal circumstances.He had contributed his writing skills to three of the songs on Empire (the title track, which went on to be the first single released from the album, and also By My Side and Stuntman). The album itself was released in the UK on 28 August 2006. The band recruited once temporary drummer, Ian Matthews, as a permanent member of the band. In October 2006, Kasabian recorded a live session for Live from Abbey Road at the famed studios. The song “Empire”, a self-described ‘call to arms’ and the first single from the album of the same name, reached Number 9 on the UK charts, based on downloads sales alone, and with only six days airplay. It stayed in the top 10 for 4 weeks. It was exclusively played on BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe show in July 2006 and immediately made available for internet download.Buy & Sell V Festival Tickets through YourTicketMarket.com One stop shop to catch your favourite event Tickets like V Festival Tickets, Guaranteed, Fast and Secure!