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Orange County Register: Keane pristine at the Pantages

The glorious “The Lovers Are Losing” was an early highlight, boasting the rare appearance of an electric guitar onstage (Keane’s music used to revolve around keyboards and drums, then gradually incorporated bass). Chaplin strummed it, assisted by all the musicians on backing vocals.

When Rice-Oxley triggered synth squiggles during “Everybody’s Changing,” the Pantages' mix was so pristine you’d swear it was surround sound. Before the subtle ballad “She Has No Time,” Chaplin noted that it was written about a girl he was “chasing and she wasn’t playing ball.” Lovely Fender Rhodes added to the idyllic quality and fans vigorously clapped along during the sprightly “Neon River.” Meanwhile, “A Bad Dream” was really intense as Rice-Oxley hunched over the keys playing minor chords.

Later, Chaplin sat down to play keyboards on the somber “Hamburg Song.” He recalled playing Keane’s first U.S. gig at the Viper Room just a few miles away and “this incredible journey we’ve been on” since then, before providing an angelic vocal that garnered a rousing response.

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