Keane play ‘guitar’ gig

Trio kick off new year with intimate show

Keane played their first gig of the year last night (January 23) with their smallest show in years.

Despite the band being known for eschewing guitars, the three-piece kicked off 2007 playing for a small audience of competition winners in the unlikely setting of the Gibson Guitar Studio in London.

However with a multitude of guitars mounted on the venue’s walls, the band got in the spirit of the occasion, introducing both four-string and six-string instruments to accompany their usual set-up of piano and drums.

First up keyboard player Tim Rice-Oxley played bass on ’The Last Time’ while frontman Tom Chaplin took over the piano, before the singer then strapped on an acoustic guitar for two songs.

“Well we couldn’t come to this place which is filled wall to wall with guitars without playing a version of this song with a guitar,” Chaplin told the crowd as he opened ’Bad Dream’ before picking up the instrument again for set closer ’Is It Any Wonder?’.

The band also joked about the gig’s date – January 22 – which, according to a study, had been proclaimed “the most depressing day of the year”.

“Apparently today is the most depressing day of the year,” observed Chaplin, “hopefully we can bring some joy.”

Keane played:

’Nothing In My Way’

‘Everybody’s Changing’

‘The Last Time’

‘Bad Dream’

‘Crystal Ball’

‘Hamburg Song’

‘Somewhere Only We Know’

‘Is It Any Wonder?’

The show was recorded for Virgin Radio, and tracks from it will be broadcast on January 25 from 4pm.