Is It Any Wonder that My Mom Loves Keane?

There is no way I could write a better review of Keane’s show at Bowery Ballroom on Friday night than what Chris has already written on, so I’m not even going to try.

What I will say is that the crowd was absolutely amazing and the band had so much energy. I’ve never seen Keane before, so I was quite intrigued with lead singer Tom Chaplin’s impassioned stage roaming. (We’re talking deep knee bends, hoisting up the mic stand so that the audience could sing into the microphone, running from one side of the stage to the other, etc.)

The audience waved their arms in the air, Tom touched shook and touched so many hands in the front row I thought he was a Presidential nominee, he sung directly to people at the front of the stage (see photo below), and there was NON-STOP cheering between the time when the lads got off the stage and when they came back for an encore.

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So beloved were Keane at this show that no one seemed to be bothered by Tom’s often awkward stage banter where he rattled off babbling, detailed descriptions of the songs they are about to play as if he was giving a book report. (Sorry Tom, I don’t need to know that “A Bad Dream” is the number one song off the album that people tell you that they “connect with”…let the songs speak and connect for themselves!) There was SUCH a bond between the trio and the audience members that Tom thanked the crowd for giving the band the “perfect night in New York City.” Aw shucks, I bet you tell that to all the sold out venues!

Also, you may remember that I wrote about how my mom loves Keane and that I really wanted her to go to the show. Well as luck had it, I managed to get a ticket for her and my mom was SO PSYCHED. I was amazed as I watched my mom sing along to so many of the songs during the show. I was like, “how does my mom know all the lyrics?!!?” When I went home this weekend I opened the CD player to pop something in, and what was in there? Keane’s new album, Under the Iron Sea. My mom knew that they played a free show at Borders earlier in the day, and my mom was also the one who first spotted the guys on the street as they got out of their car and piled into Bowery.


I’m so happy she got to go. They are her favorite band since…you guessed it…Coldplay.

Celebs who also were there to see Keane: Zach Braff (sans Mandy Moore) and Donald Faison of “Scrubs”, Fran Healy of Travis, Mike Myers, Amy Sedaris, and (allegedly) members of Snow Patrol.

Here was the setlist, according to the kids on the Keane BB:

The Iron Sea / Put It Behind You/ Nothing In My Way/ Bend and Break/ We Might as Well Be Strangers/ Everybody’s Changing/ Try Again/ Leaving So Soon/ Hamburg Song/ Can’t Stop Now/ Somewhere Only We Know/ A Bad Dream/ This Is the Last Time/ Is It Any Wonder? ENCORE: Atlantic/ Crystal Ball/ Bedshaped

keane bowery ballroom

keane bowery ballroom

keane bowery ballroom

keane bowery ballroom

keane bowery ballroom

More Keane photos on Flickr.

Published by Laura

I run The Modern

25 replies on “Is It Any Wonder that My Mom Loves Keane?”

  1. OH MY GOD ::: FRAN HEALY OF TRAVIS!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?
    >>>>>>>>>>>> SERIOUS REGRET NOW SETS IN ……

  2. i saw them 2x last year, and was really struck by how GREAT tom’s voice is…VERY pissed that they are not coming to DC any time soon…

  3. yeah, i was at the show and i can’t believe i missed fran from travis! that sucks!

  4. Saw keane at radiocity last time around, They thanked the audience like literally 70 times and were very gracious and grateful. Very nice boys. Shocking to read in NME that they get into serious fights with each other. FIGHT FIGHTS!

  5. I loved your review. Awesome photos. Keane rocks!!

    Another fan who wants them to come to D.C. area soon!!

  6. keane i love espero q vengan a venezuela club de fans y yo estamos haciendo todo lo posible para que vengan a veneuela ATENTAMENTE:alexandra torres… queremos a keane en venezula…….kisses mua

  7. bien por keane…………

    vaya hubo una conferencia de representantes de todo el mundo en mi ciudad hace poco, y adivinen de kien no dejaban de poner canciones????

    claro de keane…………keane une al mundo,
    compartiendo sentimientos!!!

    bien por ellos!!

    yo ya tengo mis boletos!!!

  8. Dear, I’m a 46 yr. old mom of four and my favorite spot is the front row of any band’s concert. Yes, I love Keane (and Coldplay) but I also like many other bands that are quite different. Keane is comfort food. The mac&cheese of music. Yum! I’ve seen Keane many times and yes, Tom does give every audience that line. But when you’re my age, who cares? I mean, who doesn’t love cheese?

  9. people need lives! Pete Wentz is DA BEST and all of Falloutboy! so…4 get this dude and get…A LIFE

  10. Today they’re here.. Monterrey.

    Hope the setlist of Bowerys Ballroom is the same they bring us here.. well, the fact is that i don’t care..

    oh and please anyone please give Peteishot some music lessons.. fallout is far from being as good as Keane.. c’mon dude, probably i would accept to get a life if you’ve told me Coldplay is better than Keane, cause in fact, it is, but fallout.. man i wasn’t born yesterday

  11. bueno, que se yo, a mi me encanta Keane, pero pienso que a la mayoría o a algunas de las chicas a las que “les gusta Keane”, en realidad les gusta Tom Chaplin.
    como sea… yo amo lamusica que hacen.

  12. si loco a mi me encanta tom!!! es lo mas lindo que vi!!!!! :D.. AAAAAAAH!!! pero no es asi.. porque la musica es unica,,m encanta bueno chauuuuu

  13. Hola a todos!!!! pues yo amo a Tom Chaplin pero… AMO SU MUSICA son lo mejor que hay todas sus canciones son geniales y los trees me parece que son guapos y lindos

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