Tom Chaplin, the lead vocalist for Keane, made sure that no one in attendance for the UK band’s sold-out show at Radio City Musical Hall Wednesday night (May 27) was sitting down. Despite the melancholy tone of the group’s early catalog, the crowd took its cues from Keane’s latest release, the electro-inspired “Perfect Symmetry,” and danced in the aisles throughout the night, moving in sync with the ‘80s arcade game graphics that were displayed on two large video screens flanking the stage.
Keane wasted no time getting to the meat of its set, warming up the crowd with “The Lovers Are Losing” before Chaplin ordered fans to “sing your hearts out for us” as the band dove into its breakout song, “Everybody’s Changing.” “Keep it coming!” the frontman exclaimed.
Threaded between other notable hits like “Bend and Break” and “We Might As Well Be Strangers” were the more uptempo tracks off “Symmetry” like “Again & Again,” which the band performed while the words “Alright, mate?” flooded the video screens in every color.
Near the end of the set, Chaplin announced that Keane would perform “Early Winter,” a song that he wrote for Gwen Stefani, though he “couldn’t let her have all the credit.”
The band finished off its set with an encore that included “My Shadow,” (a bonus track from “Symmetry”), “Is It Any Wonder?” and “Bedshaped," then Chaplin bid the sated crowd adieu and promised to come back soon. Not five minutes after exiting the stage, Keane reappeared for a second encore.
“I told you we’d be back soon,” Chaplin joked, as the easily identifiable riff from David Bowie and Queen's song “Under Pressure” took over the venue, delving into a lively cover that perfectly capped off the night.
The openers for Keane were The Helio Experience, a two-man band out of Portland with vocals resembling Bob Dylan, and singer Matt Kearney, who was greeted with cheers by fans who clearly hadn’t just come to see the headliner. Before delving into a 45-minute set that featured his most well-known song, “Nothing Left to Lose,” Kearney took a moment to note the personal significance the night, announcing, “Playing Radio City is a dream come true. Thank you for sharing it with me.”
“The Lovers Are Losing”
“Bend and Break”
“We Might As Well Be Strangers”
“Again & Again”
“This Is the Last Time”
“You Haven’t Told Me Anything”
“Leaving So Soon?”
“You Don’t See Me”
“Somewhere Only We Know”
“Is It Any Wonder?”