Concert stories /// Keane, @ Arena Moscow, April 4th, 2012

Keane belong to the type of bands who easily charm with the simplicity of their music as well as down-to-earth personalities. Piano-based tunes are beautiful and graceful and can’t but present something exquisite and sophisticated yet appealing and charming at the same time. Add to all these elevating emotions of Keane’s live performances and you’ll get a dream-gig in all senses of the word ‘dream’.

It’s been almost three years since Keane released their album “Perfect Symmetry” (2009) and after spending so much time preparing their newest offering “Strangeland” (released May 7th), Keane have finally emerged to the floodlights and kicked off the tour in support of “Strangeland” with presentation shows in the UK and the USA in March and then took over Europe in April. The journey to Strangeland started on April 4th in Moscow’s Arena.

Last time Keane visited Moscow in 2009 and that gig was a great success with glowing memories from musicians and listeners. The recent visit wasn’t very much different in the intensity of emotions and overwhelming reaction to each other from both parties – musicians and audience alike. The mingle of brand-new and never heard before songs off Β “Strangeland” and good old favourites proved a very powerful mix and not only showed a great live potential of the new songs, but also the never-ending love of old songs demonstrated by the audience. The unrestrained choir of voices provided backing vocals for “Everybody’s Changing”, “Bend And Break”, “Spiralling”, “Perfect Symmetry”, “Crystal Ball”, “Is It Any Wonder?”, already familiar “Silenced By The Night” and listened in alert attention to the newest “Black Rain”, “Disconnected”, “You Are Young” and many others. Utterly emotional and impressive tunes rendering everyone speechless and into dark trance were “Bad Dream” and “Bedshaped”. “Bad Dream” went down in a very special manner with the audience as it hadn’t been performed for a long time and here it was – live, full of fears and nightmares. “Bedshaped” appeared intense, desperate and dark with Tom stooping over the microphone, but then a sudden change came when he became all lively and energetic and went on to performing “Is It Any Wonder?”. Is it any wonder that it was one of the brightest moments of the night?

The change of moods and emotive colourings proved very bright during the gig. For the band it was easy to switch from one mood to another and they infected their audience with the same spirits leading the listeners their own ways. It’s a very special trait of Keane – the one that makes their gigs unforgettable. They put such overwhelming emotions into each song they’re performing that the listeners can actually feel pain, joy, desperation, victory or depression themselves. Keane don’t feed their listeners with just one feeling solely but demonstrate the whole palette of emotions actually living through each song and not just blurting in out to the audience. Their moods pierce people’s souls like swords, get into their veins and it’s absolutely no surprise that the roar of applause between the songs was so stormy and unstoppable that the band could only stand there watching the grateful audience and smile the most sincere smiles ever…

When the evening was dismissed, there was a mutual decision reached between Keane and their audience: to bring Keane to Moscow again. Anytime.

8 Responses to “Concert stories /// Keane, @ Arena Moscow, April 4th, 2012”
  1. Tim says:

    A very decent review. Thank you.

  2. I am EXTREMELY jealous. I’m waiting for them to come to the south part of the U.S. I feel like artists hate coming here. Although I have to say, I can’t really blame them…

    • rockmelody says:

      Wheee, it’s the first time somebody is jealous because I’ve seen a particular gig πŸ™‚
      Anyway, what’s so wrong with the south part of the USA?

      • Haha, really? It seems like you go to a fair amount of shows.

        The south part of the U.S. is stereotypically very… “country” and redneck-ish. But the stereotype is really only true (if ever) once you get outside the big cities and suburbs, which bands probably don’t. But for people who don’t live here, the stigma kind of gets applied to the whole region. :/

      • rockmelody says:

        I do indeed πŸ™‚
        I see. Stereotypes kill a lot of opportunities and impressions about a lot of things. Once a stereotype is stuck in one’s head, it’s extremely difficult to drive it out. That’s a pity it happens.

  3. eva6kora says:

    Great review!! You know they come from a place not far from where I live now and they had a show there few months ago but I could not make it. I hope I can catch them live one day because they are amazing and it seems that they are even more spectacular live πŸ™‚

    • rockmelody says:

      Thank you!
      Yeah! That was the second time I’ve seen them and they’re truly special! I really wish you to see them live. The experience is out of this world.

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