Aug. 17, 2006

Keane to Shine at Auditorium Theatre

By Randy J. Klodz

UK-native light-rock band Keane grabbed instant headlines in 2004 with the hot-selling album “Hopes and Fears.” The trio, has now returned with new material and will tour through Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre on Sept. 7.

Keane--which includes Tom Chaplin (vocals), Tim Rice-Oxley (piano, bass, vocals) and Richard Hughes (drums)--is on tour in support of its latest album “Under the Iron Sea,” which hit stores June 20.

From its beginning, Keane drew sold-out crowds and critical acclaim in its native Europe and it didn’t take long for that buzz to cross over to North America. Songs like “Everybody’s Changing,” “Somewhere Only We Know” and “This is the Last Time” propelled the band’s debut album “Hopes and Fears,” and brought the band its fair share of sold-out shows and acclaim on U.S. soil.

With the new album “Under the Iron Sea,” the band takes a familiar stand with its piano-driven light-rock ballads. The album’s most punchy song “Is It Any Wonder,” was an instant hit on radio and could help the band continue its sudden success.

Songs like “A Bad Dream,” “Leaving So Soon” and “Put It All Behind You” shine while the entire album serves as harmonious music that is sure to brighten the mood of any Keane fan.

Auditorium Theatre is at 50 E. Congress Pkwy., adjacent to Roosevelt University. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $33 and $27.50 each with showtime slated for 7:30 p.m. For more info on Keane log on to www.keanemusic.com.
Keane Photo: Joe McGorty