Trio cover Queen for closing London Chapel gig
Keane wrapped up the Mencap Little Noise Sessions tonight (November 28) at the Union Chapel in London.
The trio drafted in new bass player Jesse Quin and a string quartet to bring nine days of concerts in aid of people with learning disabilities to a close.
The band played an acoustic set which featured tracks from their two albums – ‘Hopes And Fears’ and ‘Under The Iron Sea’ – plus a cover of Queen‘s ‘Under Pressure’ which they recently covered in the Radio 1 Live Lounge.
Introducing the track, singer Tom Chaplin said: “I’m going to dedicate this next song to Jo Whiley for inviting us to a great charity event,” before he later added: “The work that Mencap does, does a huge amount to improve quality of life and break down terrible prejudices that still exist in society today.”
Arriving onstage alone at the beginning of the show, the singer kicked off the set with a solo acoustic performance of ‘This Is The Last Time’. He was then joined by the rest of the band for ‘Nothing In My Way’.
Keane also performed the track ‘Early Winter’ which as previously reported on NME.COM pianist Tim Rice-Oxley wrote for Gwen Stefani’s second album ‘The Sweet Escape’.
Explaining the track, Chaplin told the crowd: “That last song we wrote for Gwen Stefani. We thought we’d never play it again but we decided to tonight. It’s a nice tribute to you guys.”
As the band wrapped up their show, the audience were on their feet for big hits ‘Is It Any Wonder’ and Somewhere Only We Know’.
‘This Is The Last Time’
‘Nothing In My Way’
‘The Frog Prince’
‘Is It Any Wonder’
‘Somewhere Only We Know’
Earlier, Rilo Kiley played a short set which saw the band perform tracks from their recent album ‘Under The Blacklight’ including ‘Dreamworld’, ‘The Money Maker’ and ‘Give A Little Love’.
During the latter singer Jenny Lewis was assisted by one of two backing singers on the piano while the rest of the band took a brief break.
The four-piece were greeted with a few chuckles in the audience when guitarist Blake Sennett pulled out a tiny acoustic guitar later in the show and quipped “That’s right, its tiny guitar time,” at the start of ‘Ripchord’.
As the band closed the set with ‘The Money Maker’, Lewis, who was sporting black hot pants and sparkling tights, joked: “This next song is not very churchy but then neither is my outfit.”
Newcomer Duffy, who recently worked with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler on forthcoming single ‘Rockferry’, brought on a five-piece band during a short soulful set.