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Ex-Kasabian star Tom Meighan returns to the stage two years after conviction for attacking his wife

Tom Meighan has been pictured back on stage, two years after being convicted of attacking his now wife Vikki Ager in a wine-fuelled lockdown assault. 

He pleaded guilty to beating Vikki in their back garden on April 9 2020. A judge sentenced him to 200 hours unpaid work, after hearing his then ‘girlfriend wanted him back’. 

The singer, 41, looked jubilant while performing to crowds amid his The Moving On Tour at the O2 Academy Leeds on Thursday. 

Back at it: Tom Meighan has been pictured back on stage, two years after being convicted of attacking his now wife Vikki Ager in a wine-fuelled lockdown assault

Tom was in his element as he strutted about the stage and belted out his tracks, almost two years after being forced out of band Kasabian over the assault. 

The performer cut a cool figure in a white pussy bow shirt and a black blazer, which he teamed with black skinny jeans, shoes and sunglasses.

He was also seen larking about shirtless as he chilled out backstage amid his comeback performances. 

He oozed confidence amid the performance in spite of previous reports that a domestic abuse charity demanded fans boycott the gigs in the wake of his conviction.

Glad to be back: The singer, 41, looked jubilant while performing to crowds amid his The Moving On Tour at the O2 Academy Leeds on Thursday

Glad to be back: The singer, 41, looked jubilant while performing to crowds amid his The Moving On Tour at the O2 Academy Leeds on Thursday

Assault: He pleaded guilty to beating Vikki in their back garden on April 9 2020. A judge sentenced him to 200 hours unpaid work, after hearing his then 'girlfriend wanted him back' (pictured together 2019)

Assault: He pleaded guilty to beating Vikki in their back garden on April 9 2020. A judge sentenced him to 200 hours unpaid work, after hearing his then ‘girlfriend wanted him back’ (pictured together 2019)

In January, Sharon Bryan, of the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV), today insisted fans should boycott his shows and said it is ‘not acceptable’ for Meighan to be ‘lauded’ on such a public platform after attacking his partner.

Sharon, who is a former victim of domestic abuse herself, said: ‘It’s pretty shocking, really. It’s not acceptable that he’s being allowed to go on tour.

‘It gives the message that this is OK – that you can assault men or women and carry on and act like nothing has happened. It sends out the wrong message.

‘I am a survivor of domestic abuse myself, and I would be horrified if my ex-partner were to go out on tour after attacking me. People should boycott these shows.’

‘They are giving out the completely wrong message that life goes on as normal and you can continue to have a successful, public career and any previous issues are all forgotten about.’ 

On stage: Tom was in his element as he strutted about the stage and belted out his tracks, almost two years after being forced out of band Kasabian over the assault

On stage: Tom was in his element as he strutted about the stage and belted out his tracks, almost two years after being forced out of band Kasabian over the assault

Style: The performer cut a cool figure in a white pussy bow shirt and a black blazer, which he teamed with black skinny jeans, shoes and sunglasses

Fun times: Tom was elated as he took to the stage

Style: The performer cut a cool figure in a white pussy bow shirt and a black blazer, which he teamed with black skinny jeans, shoes and sunglasses

Yes! Tom looked delighted after getting back to performing following his Kasabian exit

Yes! Tom looked delighted after getting back to performing following his Kasabian exit

Let me entertain you: The crowds were loving his performance as he sang during the eight-date tour

Let me entertain you: The crowds were loving his performance as he sang during the eight-date tour

Last year, Tom married his partner Vikki Ager, one year after pleading guilty to attacking her.

The couple tied the knot at Harbourgh Registry Office in Leicester in July 2021 and released a statement reading: ‘Tom has worked so hard on himself, his health, family unit and his relationship with Vicki over the past year.’ 

Prior to his court appearance, the band put out a statement on their Facebook page yesterday saying Meighan was leaving due to ‘personal issues’ and saying they would ‘not be commenting further’.

They later said they had ‘no choice’ but to ask him to leave and branded the incident ‘totally unacceptable’. They also accused him of ‘misleading fans’ in his statement. 

Proving to have worked on their relationship, the couple tied the knot with the  full statement reading: ‘We are pleased to share the news that on Tuesday the 13th July 2021, Tom Meighan and Vikki Ager were married at Market Harbourgh Registry Office, Leicester. 

‘It was an intimate affair, in accordance with the latest Covid-19 guidelines, with the couple becoming husband and wife surrounded by their children, family and a few close friends.

Reflection: The singer took a moment to himself ahead of the show

Reflection: The singer took a moment to himself ahead of the show

Loving life: Fans launched their hands in the air and sang along to the songs

Loving life: Fans launched their hands in the air and sang along to the songs

Strike a pose: The Would You Mind singer posed alongside Gareth Young, Ele Lucas, Bnann Infadel, Brodie Maguire, and Chris Haddon backstage [L-R]

Strike a pose: The Would You Mind singer posed alongside Gareth Young, Ele Lucas, Bnann Infadel, Brodie Maguire, and Chris Haddon backstage [L-R]

‘Tom has worked so hard on himself, his health, family unit and his relationship with Vicki over the past year. They are very much in love and looking forward to sharing the rest of their lives together’. 

Surrounded by their children, Vikki looked stunning in a simple white gown with a veil while Tom went for a kooky striped blazer.  

In December 2020, Tom broke his silence on the scandal and told Cornwall Live that he and Vikki hoped he could rebuild his life following the court case and reprise the former band member’s music career. 

Vikki stood by Tom throughout the case and pleaded with police to drop the charges against him, however it had already been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service, who proceeded with the trial.

Guns: He was also seen larking about shirtless as he chilled out backstage amid his comeback performances

Guns: He was also seen larking about shirtless as he chilled out backstage amid his comeback performances

Larking about: Tom donned nothing but a towel as he relaxed behind-the-scenes

Larking about: Tom donned nothing but a towel as he relaxed behind-the-scenes

Refreshments: The performer had an array of food and drinks to keep him energized for his show

Chilled: Tom was in a good mood ahead of his show

Refreshments: The performer had an array of food and drinks to keep him energized for his show

Showman: He certainly was the centre of attention as he had fun backstage

Showman: He certainly was the centre of attention as he had fun backstage

She maintains that the assault was a ‘one off’ and she had never seen her former fiancé act in a violent way towards her before.

Tom told the publication: ‘We had too much to drink. I regret everything that happened that night – what I can remember of it. I don’t condone it – it’s horrific. I love my partner to pieces.’

‘I was at a boiling point in my life – I didn’t know where things were heading. I was drowning myself with drink because of my problems and things going on around me.

‘We had a fight and I took the brunt for it. I was fully responsible for what happened but we love each other and we’re getting over it.’

Tom explained that the day of the trial felt like the ‘lowest’ point of his whole life and he tells his partner how sorry he is every day.

Forgiven: Last year, Tom married his partner Vikki Ager, one year after pleading guilty to attacking her

Forgiven: Last year, Tom married his partner Vikki Ager, one year after pleading guilty to attacking her

Vikki told the publication that she fought back during the incident, which she described as a ‘squabble’ following a heavy drinking session.

The couple explained that while it has had a profound affect on the people around them, Tom insisted that those close to him know the ‘real him’. 

Ahead of the singer’s court appearance, the band put out a statement on their Facebook page saying he was leaving due to ‘personal issues’ and saying they would ‘not be commenting further’. 

Ahead of the singer’s court appearance, the band put out a statement on their Facebook page saying he was leaving due to ‘personal issues’ and saying they would ‘not be commenting further’.

Support: Vikki stood by Tom throughout the case and pleaded with police to drop the charges against him, however it had already been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service, who proceeded with the trial [pictured in July 2020]

Support: Vikki stood by Tom throughout the case and pleaded with police to drop the charges against him, however it had already been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service, who proceeded with the trial [pictured in July 2020]

But in a separate statement issued on the band’s Twitter page following the verdict of the trial, they said they had ‘no choice’ but to ask him to leave and branded the incident ‘totally unacceptable’.

They also accused him of ‘misleading fans’ in his statement. 

The statement said: ‘We have all worked so hard for the past 23 years and had big plans for our future together. We’re completely heartbroken. But we were left with no choice but to ask Tom to leave the band.

‘There is absolutely no way we can condone his assault conviction.’  

The band said they had decided they ‘could no longer work with him’ as soon as they found out about the charges. They went on: ‘Unfortunately we had to hold back this information until he was found guilty in court.’ 

Back on track? Ahead of the singer's court appearance, the band put out a statement on their Facebook page saying he was leaving due to 'personal issues' and saying they would 'not be commenting further' (pictured with the band in 2019)

Back on track? Ahead of the singer’s court appearance, the band put out a statement on their Facebook page saying he was leaving due to ‘personal issues’ and saying they would ‘not be commenting further’ (pictured with the band in 2019)

The band said they had decided they ‘could no longer work with him’ as soon as they found out about the charges. They went on: ‘Unfortunately we had to hold back this information until he was found guilty in court.’ 

They said they were “led to believe that Tom would hold his hands up and in his statement tell everyone what he’d done but he chose not to, misleading a lot of fans”.

The statement added: ‘Ultimately, as much as Tom has hurt us all, we’re not the victim in all of this. Domestic violence is something that can never be excused.

The court heard Meighan ‘smelt heavily of intoxicants’ as he dragged victim Ms Agar across a canopy, threw her against a hamster cage and put his hands around her neck.

He also hit her in the face and threatened to strike her with a wooden pallet. 

Kasabian formed in Leicester in 1997 and released six albums during the 2000s and early 2010s – headlining music festivals across the world including Reading and Leeds and Glastonbury in the UK.

They continue to perform without Meighan as frontman, with guitarist Sergio Pizzorno, 41, assuming lead vocal duties.

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