It has been eight years since the guitar-free chirpiness of Everybody's Changing began soundtracking our lives. A lot has happened in that time. Keane have sold more than 10 million albums, lead vocalist Tom Chaplin has checked into, and successfully out of, the Priory for drug problems and, perhaps most shocking of all, the band eventually embraced the electric guitar so conspicuous by its absence from early releases.
Chaplin added the lead guitar to the Keane ensemble in 2009 but not before their piano-led pop had conquered the world. Their 2004 debut, Hopes and Fears, has sold nearly six million copies. It reached No 1 in the UK and charted highly all over the world including a respectable Top 50 position in the US. Since then, that Brit-winning album and its follow-ups have cemented Keane as festival headliners and arena-fillers, something they'll be hoping to do once again this autumn.
The tour kicks off in Edinburgh on 19th November before heading across the Irish Sea to Dublin (21st) and then Belfast (22nd). The mainland UK dates resume at the Nottingham Capital Arena before shows in Manchester, Brighton and more. The London gig is at the O2 Arena on30th November 2012 and for these final six shows, Keane will be joined by upcoming art-pop outfit, Wolf Gang.
Tickets are still available for all shows, with the exception of Dublin which has sold out and Edinburgh and Brighton which both have standing-only tickets left. Prices for all shows range from £27.50 to £39.50.