Former England striker Peter Crouch made a surprise appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival, taking the stage and showing off his dance moves on the set of Kasabian
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Music fans at the Isle of Wight Festival were taken by surprise when former England international striker Peter Crouch joined Kasabian on stage.
The 41-year-old is friends with Kasabian frontman Serge Pizzorno and joined the Leicester-based band while they performed the song ‘Fire’. Pizzorno is a huge soccer fan himself and has appeared in Soccer Aid matches in the past.
Crouch, who retired from professional football in 2019, was known for his dance moves during his time in the Premier League and for the England national team. And he broke out some of those moves on the Isle of Wight stage as Kasabian headlined the penultimate day of the festival.
“Well, that escalated,” Crouch said on Twitter, sharing a video of the cameo. He also thanked Kasabian for the invitation on stage and at the festival itself.
Several Twitter users compared Crouch to Bez from the Happy Mondays after watching his antics. Another said: “Peter Crouch taking the stage with Kasabian for Fire is all I needed to see today”.
However, some were disappointed that the ex-pro didn’t break out the robot. Crouch was, however, willing to forego the characteristic celebration of his playing days.
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It certainly wasn’t the first time Crouch had been spotted on a Kasabian set. Indeed, it wasn’t even the first time he’d seen them play on the Isle of Wight.
In 2017, the then Stoke frontman left the VIP room to join the crowd at a show at London’s Kentish Town Forum. And in 2018, shortly after the Potters were relegated from the Premier League, he was spotted in the pits as the Leicester band played to thousands at that year’s Isle of Wight Festival.
Since Crouch hung up his boots, he’s moved into the connoisseur’s trade, but he’s also taken some steps away from the football field. Earlier this year, for example, he acted for Mo Gilligan as a jury member on The Masked Dancer.
Crouch and Pizzorno have been friends for several years. The footballer and his wife Abbey Clancy attended the musician’s wedding in 2016. Pizzorno, 41, took over the lead vocals for Kasabian in 2021 after former frontman Tom Meighan left the band.
A fan of Leicester City, the singer and guitarist has had several Soccer Aid appearances over the years. He made his charity debut in 2012, when he played for the Rest of the World team, scoring with a lob to beat former England number one David Seaman.
He also played in the 2016 and 2020 editions of the game, but was not involved in 2022 as he prepared for his band’s performance at the Isle of Wight Festival. Lewis Capaldi headlined Friday night at the festival, with Muse booked for the headline slot on Sunday.