Keane / May 27, 2009 / New York, NY (Radio City Music Hall)

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Tom Chaplin, the lead vocalist for Keane, made sure that no one in attendance for the UK band&#8217;s sold-out show at Radio City Musical Hall Wednesday night (May 27) was sitting down. Despite the melancholy tone of the group&#8217;s early catalog, the crowd took its cues from Keane&#8217;s latest release, the electro-inspired &#8220;Perfect Symmetry,&#8221; and danced in the aisles throughout the night, moving in sync with the &#8216;80s arcade game graphics that were displayed on two large video screens flanking the stage. <br /><br />Keane wasted no time getting to the meat of its set, warming up the crowd with &#8220;The Lovers Are Losing&#8221; before Chaplin ordered fans to &#8220;sing your hearts out for us&#8221; as the band dove into its breakout song, &#8220;Everybody&#8217;s Changing.&#8221; &#8220;Keep it coming!&#8221; the frontman exclaimed. <br /><br />Threaded between other notable hits like &#8220;Bend and Break&#8221; and &#8220;We Might As Well Be Strangers&#8221; were the more uptempo tracks off &#8220;Symmetry&#8221; like &#8220;Again &amp; Again,&#8221; which the band performed while the words &#8220;Alright, mate?&#8221; flooded the video screens in every color.<br />Near the end of the set, Chaplin announced that Keane would perform &#8220;Early Winter,&#8221; a song that he wrote for Gwen Stefani, though he &#8220;couldn&#8217;t let her have all the credit.&#8221; <br /><br />The band finished off its set with an encore that included &#8220;My Shadow,&#8221; (a bonus track from &#8220;Symmetry&#8221;), &#8220;Is It Any Wonder?&#8221; and &#8220;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. <br /><br />&#8220;I told you we&#8217;d be back soon,&#8221; Chaplin joked, as the easily identifiable riff from David Bowie and Queen's song &#8220;Under Pressure&#8221; took over the venue, delving into a lively cover that perfectly capped off the night. <br /><br />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&#8217;t just come to see the headliner. Before delving into a 45-minute set that featured his most well-known song, &#8220;Nothing Left to Lose,&#8221; Kearney took a moment to note the personal significance the night, announcing, &#8220;Playing Radio City is a dream come true. Thank you for sharing it with me.&#8221; <br /><br />Setlist:<br /><br />&#8220;The Lovers Are Losing&#8221;<br />&#8220;Everybody&#8217;s Changing&#8221;<br />&#8220;Bend and Break&#8221;<br />&#8220;We Might As Well Be Strangers&#8221;<br />&#8220;Again &amp; Again&#8221;<br />&#8220;This Is the Last Time&#8221;<br />&#8220;Spiralling&#8221;<br />&#8220;Playing Along&#8221;<br />&#8220;Try Again&#8221;<br />&#8220;Early Winter&#8221;<br />&#8220;You Haven&#8217;t Told Me Anything&#8221;<br />&#8220;Leaving So Soon?&#8221;<br />&#8220;You Don&#8217;t See Me&#8221;<br />&#8220;Perfect Symmetry&#8221; <br />&#8220;Somewhere Only We Know&#8221;<br />&#8220;Crystal Ball&#8221;<br /><br />Encore 1:<br /><br />&#8220;My Shadow&#8221;<br />&#8220;Is It Any Wonder?&#8221;<br />&#8220;Bedshaped&#8221;<br /><br />Encore 2:<br /><br />&#8220;Under Pressure&#8221;