It was great to be able to sit down with Tom, Tim, Richard, and Jesse at the press conference at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel on the night before the concert. That was great and kind of nerve-wracking since that was my first time at a press-con. I was scared I wasn’t going to make it in time (The whole just add water and instant traffic thing on EDSA). Did though! And with time to spare!
Since all the basic, deep, and profound questions were already covered, we decided to ask a fun one.—ME LOVE YOU LOONG TIME
STATUS: You’re not a boy band. You’re a MAN band. And known for your tearjerkers. What else makes you guys sad? What makes you shed manly tears?
Tom Chaplin: That’s a funny question ’cause Alanis Morissette actually told us that she liked one of our songs … and how nice it is for men to be vulnerable for a change (laughs) a lot of things make me cry. I cry all the time. (laughs) Life. Life turns me into one blubbering mess.
Richard Hughes: (interrupts) Onions.
After the press conference, we joined our associate editor TinDabs for the scoop on the concert and roundtable interview…
If you’re the kind of person who wants musicians’ live performances to sound as perfect as their recorded material, Keane is obviously your bet. Not once did I hear Tom’s voice falter. The piano parts perfectly propelled the music to higher ground and the people were happy and hungry for more. Too hungry, might I add, that when Keane had to say goodbye, the crowd didn’t budge; instead, they kept shouting for an encore.
The band admitted that the concert was such an incredible experience and they felt really special. In turn, they sang more songs than expected. I seriously considered leaving the venue at 12mn ‘coz of that. But it was a solid night, solemn at some parts (enter Tom’s unplugged number), and glorious all the way.
At a roundtable discussion the band had with STATUS, Richard reveals that he was amused by our story of on him, especially when we asked him about his Bro Code.
Heck, we got a soft spot for some boybands but manbands like Keane put the drumrolls in our pulse.—TINDABS
Photos by Magic Liwanag for Dayly Entertainment