Band members play charity event for Keep A Child Alive
The band were guests of honour at Keys‘ Black Ball, held in aid of her charity Keep A Child Aliv at St John Smith Square in Westminster.
At the climax of the fundraiser Keys performed an intimate set. After opening with ‘No-One’ she welcomed Tom Meighan and Serge Pizzorno on stage to perform with her house band. The pair played Kasabian song ‘Underdog’ as Keys danced at the back of the stage, before joining them to duet with Meighan on ‘Where Did All The Love Go?’.
Keys played hits including ‘Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart’ and ‘Empire State Of Mind’, before being joined by Bryan Ferry. The soul singer joined the rock legend in renditions of Roxy Music‘s ‘Love Is The Drug’ and Ferry‘s ‘Slave To Love’.
Before the boutique performance Keys was joined by actress Thandie Newton, who is hosted an auction in aid of the AIDS charity.
The custom-made Christian Louboutin shoes worn by Keys and Beyonce in the video to their duet ‘Put It In A Love Song’ were sold for £15,000. Louboutin, present last night, threw in an offer to make a pair exclusively for the successful bidder.
Meanwhile, a photo-opportunity with Keys to be printed prominently in OK! Magazine went for £12,000. Kasabian donated a white Fender Stratocaster guitar which went for £6,500.
Super-producer Swizz Beatz offered the chance of a music session with him. The opportunity was snapped up by boyband JLS for £30,000. Keys and Beatz today confirmed speculation that they are expecting a baby together.