Is it Any Wonder I’m tired? On July 19th 2007, when The O2 was still known as The Point Theatre, a live concert was happening at approximately 7pm Irish time. The queue stretched from miles on end. Impatience ran rampant as every single fan wished for nothing more than to be inside the building. The weather was overcast with grey clouds hanging overhead. This gloom reflected the ambience of the crowds.
The band in question that day was none other than the English rock artists, Keane. Forming in 1995 in Battle, East Sussex where the group are from Keane released their first album “Hopes and Fears” in 2004. “Hopes and Fears” won several awards including the Brit Award for Best British Album.
In 2007 when Keane reached The Point Theatre in Ireland they had already been touring around the world for just over a year. The countries they visited included Canada and The U.S, Spain, Portugal, Germany and The Netherlands. The Under the Iron Sea Tour lasted from June 2006 to August 2007.
July 19th 2007 was part of The Under the Iron Sea Tour and was the only performance made in Ireland during this time. “Under the Iron Sea” is the second album to be released by Keane in 2006. Progressing from their first album, “Under the Iron Sea” sold 222,297 copies in the first week of sales in The UK according to figures from The Official Chart Company.
After waiting tirelessly for over an hour the doors to the Point Theatre opened letting people enter in their droves. Inch by inch the queue shifted. There was a sense of nervous excitement in the air.
More waiting was followed until the band made an appearance. The chatter echoed off the walls of The Point Theatre. Once Tom Chaplin strolled on stage the echoes stopped to be replaced with complete silence. The reception from the microphone ran smoothly. No static.

Chaplin, the lead singer of Keane, gave a hearty welcome to his fans. His distinct British accent sent chills through his hardcore followers who were simply in love with “Hopes and Fears” and “Under the Iron Sea”. Then it began.
The fading in intro of Crystal Ball ricocheted followed by a huge amount of applause and cheers. Silence again as the powerful vocals of Chaplin carried “Who is the man I see” through the stadium.
The concert ended with an eruption of shouts from fans. “One more song” was repeated over and over to which Keane reciprocated. “Is it Any Wonder” finalised the end with promises of returning to Ireland.
Since July 2007 the group have produced four new albums including “Perfect Symmetry” and “Strangeland”. They continue to excel and from 2004 to present over ten million copies of Keane’s records have been sold.
Keane currently consists of Tim Rice-Oxley (piano synthesisers, backing vocals), Richard Hughes (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Jesse Quin (bass guitar, acoustic/electric guitar, backing vocals) and Tom Chaplin (lead vocals, acoustic/electric guitar).