Date: 13 August 2009
Venue: Cox Terrace, Fort Canning Park

“And if you have a minute why don’t we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know
This could be the end of everything
So why don’t we go
Somewhere only we know”

OMG, I went for the Keane concert!

It was a rather last minute decision but it was also constantly bugging my mind so I’m really, really glad I went for it. Even though I only knew a maximum of 10 songs in all their three albums. Reached there slightly after 6PM but the queue was much shorter and we managed to get good spots quite near the stage.

Local band, The Fire Fight, and a French band fronted by Cyril Niccolai opened for Keane. The Fire Fight was good! Yay, support local music!

Keane appeared at 9.30PM! The crowd were pretty warmed up by then and there was no pushing/shoving! That goes to show that my theory of “people who like bands are more cultured” is proven – kind of. Loved their opening song (The Lovers Are Losing), which is one of my favourites from their Perfect Symmetry album.

Heard there were about 6,000 people out there but we definitely sounded LOUDER and BETTER than the 10,000 people the day before!

Songs they performed include: The Lovers Are Losing; Everybody’s Changing; Bend And Break; We Might As Well Be Strangers; Again And Again; This Is The Last Time; Spiralling; Your Eyes Open (Tom Chaplin solo); Try Again; You Haven’t Told Me Anything; Leaving So Soon?; Nothing In My Way; You Don’t See Me; Perfect Symmetry; Somewhere Only We Know; Crystal Ball; Atlantic; Is It Any Wonder?; Bedshaped; Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover)

Tom Chaplin – Vocals, guitar
Tim Rice-Oxley – Keyboard
Richard Hughes – Drums
Jesse Quin – Bass guitar, percussion

During some parts of the concert when they were playing some of their newer songs, the crowd was relatively quieter but was still very high! In fact, Tom Chaplin was bursting with energy for every song and it was evident from his soaking shirt. Tim Rice-Oxley was also very energetic, banging his head and feet to the music just like a guitarist headbangs.

Tom walked to the edges of the stage and practically accelerated the crowd’s heartrate when he broke across the barrier to shake hands and get closer to the fans!

My favourite part would be when they finally performed Somewhere Only We Knowmy favourite Keane song! Everyone knew the lyrics and Tom just let us sing! OMG, I could cry tears of joy if I wasn’t that into the song…

“I walked across an empty land,
I knew the pathway like the back of my hand.
I felt the earth beneath my feet,
Sat by the river and it made me complete…”

The best thing was that they came back for the encore TWICE! All the chanting/shouting of “Keane, Keane, Keane…”, “We want more’s” and “Encore, encore…” really helps. I was especially surprised/happy when when they returned the second time and did the cover of Queen’s Under Pressure. The crowd practically squeezed tighter and got closer to the stage!

One and a half hours of solid performance and good times! Best concert experience ever!

Keane, please keep your promise to come back to Singapore!!!

(First published August 15, 2009 at 01:55AM @ mEnTaL bLoG)


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