Last night I worked late, then headed into DC to see Keane at the 9:30 Club. I’d seen them in the summer of 2005 when they did a co-headlining tour with the Killers at Merriweather Post Pavilion, but I’d really wanted to see them in February of that year at the 9:30 Club, but I’d been too slow on the draw for tix. Not this time, as I snapped them up the second they went on sale.
I actually got a little more caught up in work then I thought, and got to the club a half hour later than planned. That meant I missed openers Rocco DeLuca and The Burden (maybe another time, fellas), but I had time to get a beer and a decent spot on the balcony. Tim and Richard came out and performed instrumental “The Iron Sea”, then Tom joined them and they went straight into “Put It Behind You”. It was an energetic show, with a good split of songs between their two albums. Highlights were “Bend And Break”, an “almost acoustic” (Tim played synth) “Your Eyes Open” and of course the great finale of “Somewhere Only We Know” and “Is It Any Wonder?”. I wondered if the great enthusiasm of the crowd throughout the night would change the encore, but it didn’t – although that was ok with me, as ending with “Atlantic”, “Crystal Ball” and “Bedshaped” was perfect.