12.01pm - Hello there. As you know, Keane are playing a special acoustic show at London's Union Chapel tonight, for the Little Noise Sessions in aid of Mencap. This is, officially, Keane's very last gig of 2007. From what we hear, it's going to be rather special.
So, what better time to unleash another live blog on you folks? Hopefully you know the drill by now - we bombard you with regular updates on what's happening, you keep us company by emailing any thoughts, greetings or queries to email@example.com . First person to email gets a "big up"....
12.07pm - Big up Jeanet from Holland, the first person to email firstname.lastname@example.org . We should say we're not actually at the venue yet, but we're trying to get hold of various band and crew for updates.
12.19pm - We've just spoken to Mr Tim Rice-Oxley, who's in a taxi on his way to the venue, where he's meeting Tom and then going for a sandwich. When pressed, Tim revealed that he may plump for a bacon and avocado sandwich, on wholemeal bread. "But only if the bacon is from free range, organic pigs," he said. "Which actually shouldn't be too hard to find in Islington."
12.49pm - The Union Chapel is one of the loveliest venues in London, if not the UK (heck, if not the world). It's also still a proper working church. http://www.unionchapel.org.uk/
2.10pm - Sorry, we were off having lunch. So.... the emails have been flooding in to email@example.com . Sarah and Scott are on their way to the show from Norfolk ("We are very excited"), Demetria is getting distracted by the blog in Colorado Springs, Vanessa and Maria both say "hi" from Spain, Denise does the same from Brazil and Angelique emailed from Holland to say how nice the venue looks on its website. Katia's asked us to say hello to Peru (HELLO PERU!) and Naily, funnyface and charlotteh have emailed from outside the venue to recommend the bacon and cheese sandwich from Harry's cafe. It is, we're told, "wicked".
In other news, the band have literally just started their soundcheck. We know this, because we spoke to the band's PA, Beth, who is currently sitting in the band's dressing room, which apparently is very nice and has lovely little gas stoves in it to keep it warm. Sounds like Beth wants to take one home. But stealing from a church would be BAD.
2.34pm - Nice to know that the newspapers are paying attention to km.com - Keane's Tom "Hacker" Chaplin.
3.23pm - We've just received the following email from Beth (Keane's PA):
Keane have gone off to sound check now. I'd love to take a few photographs but it will spoil what promises to be an exciting night so I've stayed behind in the dressing room to write this on their behalf.
This morning, Richard has been reminiscing about the sheer amount of shows Keane have played in London since they were an unsigned, anonymous band.
So, for your pleasure, the boys have compiled a list. I couldn't actually keep up with everything that was being yelled at me so I'm hoping I've got it all.
Now the exciting bit; the first person to email firstname.lastname@example.org with a London gig that is not listed here will win a signed Keane gift!
Oh, Richard has just popped in with another one to add. I've never typed so fast in my life. Here we go....
Royal Albert Hall
ULU (three times we believe)
Gibson Guitar Studio
The Victoria Pub, Holloway Road
The Embassy Rooms (for War Child)
Barfly (ooh, around three times)
The Hope & Anchor, Islington
12 Bar Club (twice?)
Gutteridge's Yard (twice)
Buffalo Bar, Islington (a meeting of minds took place here - the band met their tour manager Colin, and remember him wearing a beanie hat! Colin tells me it was a beige Carhartt beanie hat)
Upstairs at The Garage
Betsey Trotwood (twice)
Bull & Gate (about five times!)
Dublin Castle (twice)
Upstairs at Camden Market
Metro Club, Oxford St
Carling Academy, Islington (at least twice)
Hammersmith Apollo (twice)
The Forum Kentish Town
Brixton Academy (three times)
Wembley Arena (twice)
Hyde Park (twice)
Alexandra Palace (twice)
The Union Chapel
Can't remember the name of this one but its in a downstairs bar on Great Portland Street
Can't remember the name of this one either but it was a theatre in Central London where they played with their old guitarist Dom.
And there you go.
It's sounding good out there so I'm off for a listen. Photos to come later.
3.39pm - Well, that didn't take long - we've already had *lots* of emails, but the first person to correctly point out a missing venue was Demetria, who quickly noticed that Water Rats wasn't on the list. And here's the proof that Keane played there.