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Tom Chaplin / December 2017 English Christmas Tour

By on Monday, 16th October 2017 at 9:00 am

Last Thursday on Jo Whiley’s evening Radio 2 programme, Tom Chaplin premiered ‘Under a Million Lights’. As he explained, the song will appear on a new Christmas album he has in the works. ‘Twelve Tales of Christmas’ drops over a month ahead of the big day, so from the 17th of November on, you’ll be able to get this in plenty of time as a stocking stuffer for your Keane and Tom Chaplin-loving loved ones from Island Records. This yuletide-themed collection follows ‘The Wave’, Chaplin’s debut solo record that was released in October 2016, reviewed by me here. If you somehow missed it, I posted a two-part interview feature with the man back then, too. To promote the Christmas album, Chaplin has announced a trio of English gigs in December. Tickets are on sale this Friday, the 20th of October, at 10 AM. For more on what Tom Chaplin has been up to as a solo artist since the hiatus of Keane, check out our coverage of him here on TGTF through here.

Sunday 10th December 2017 – Manchester Palace Theatre
Monday 11th December 2017 – Bath Forum
Tuesday 12th December 2017 – London Royal Festival Hall


Live Gig Video: Tom Chaplin shares ‘Carried by The Wave’ tour video compilation

By on Tuesday, 22nd August 2017 at 4:00 pm

Tom Chaplin released his debut solo album last year. ‘The Wave’ dropped last October on Island Records; you can read my review of it through here. He’s been touring the LP on and off since its release, hitting so many places this year. As a thank you to his fans who came and those who bought and supported the record, he’s compiled clips from the international ‘Carried by The Wave’ tour, set to the inspirational closing track from the album, ‘The Wave’. The video below also includes moments behind the scenes with his backing band. Enjoy. For more on Tom Chaplin’s solo career here on TGTF, go here.


Video of the Moment #2361: Tom Chaplin

By on Monday, 15th May 2017 at 6:00 pm

Tom Chaplin is currently in the midst of a UK tour this month. The tour stops at Edinburgh Queens Hall tonight; it culminates with two sold out shows at Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion on the 24th and 25th of May. Bexhill, of course, is home to the ‘Sovereign Light Cafe’. Tickets are still available for his shows in Liverpool (16 May), Cambridge (21 May) and Birmingham (23 May). He’s also been announced as the support act for Jeff Lynne’s ELO in June.

The ex-Keane frontman, who has struggled with substance abuse for many years, shared a special article called ‘Stopping the Rot’ for Mental Health Awareness Week, which you can read here. Released last October, ‘The Wave’, his debut solo album, is a testament to Chaplin’s long road back from addiction. Today for you, we’ve got the video for ‘See It So Clear’ from the album. The way I understand it, it’s Tom’s impression of the clarity achieved after he started talking about his feelings openly and honestly through therapy.

Director Daniel Broadley explains the idea of the promo: “The dreamlike melody evoked such a strong sense of nostalgia, a theme I wanted to explore further in a visual sense. I loved the idea of creating a window into Tom’s past and displaying a mixture of archive footage of Tom as a child, innocent and untainted by the hardships of life to come; showing the uncertainties of adolescence; alongside live footage to represent where he is now in his life, positive and reformed.” Watch the video below. To read more of our coverage of Tom Chaplin’s solo career, come through here.


Live Gig Video: Tom Chaplin duets with JONES on a reworking of ‘Solid Gold’, from his debut solo album ‘The Wave’

By on Tuesday, 28th March 2017 at 4:00 pm

Ex-Keane frontman Tom Chaplin released his solo album, his first without the band with which he found fame, last October. ‘The Wave’, out now on Island Records in the UK and Arts and Crafts in North America, documents Chaplin’s difficult road back from drug addiction. One of the tracks from the LP, ‘Solid Gold’, Chaplin wrote for his long-suffering wife, his steadfast life partner who has stood by him through thick and thin. Sometime after the release of ‘The Wave’, Chaplin decided the song would benefit from being reworked into a duet, and now we have a live performance from the studio of the song with East London soul singer Cherie JONES.

JONES is no stranger to heavy-hitting collaborations, having joined Honne onstage last year at SXSW 2016 for their track ‘No Place Like Home’. In a great sense, this updated version of ‘Solid Gold’ is the perfect melding of the old guard and new guard of English pop, showcasing JONES’ sweet songbird voice that has otherwise been lost behind the crunchy instrumentation that usually accompanies her on her own tracks. Watch it below. Tom Chaplin is on tour in the UK in May. For more of TGTF’s coverage on Chaplin, go here.


Video of the Moment #2268: Tom Chaplin

By on Monday, 23rd January 2017 at 6:00 pm

In case you’ve been living under a rock, or indeed, you don’t follow me on Twitter (ha!), Keane lead singer Tom Chaplin has released his debut solo record. While ‘The Wave’ has been available since mid-October in the UK and Europe, North Americans had to wait for its Arts and Crafts release 2 Fridays ago. He’s set to perform in Montreal at Le Lion D’or tonight, continuing on until the 3rd of February in San Francisco, after which time he’ll take a month off before a European tour.

Chaplin’s video for the opening track of ‘The Wave’, the promo video ‘Still Waiting’ was released this time last week, but I somehow missed it in the politicking and the pre-show preparation of seeing him live in DC. To make up for my egregious error, I wanted to feature the video directed by Kevin Godley tonight, the first full workday after you-know-who was sworn in as our President. As mentioned in the conclusion of my interview feature with Tom last October, the overarching message in ‘The Wave’ is one of hope. The way the world is going these days, we could use plenty of it. Although the intent of this video for ‘Still Waiting’ was to create a feeling of disorientation and claustrophobia, we all know that Tom survived and came back from addiction and if that doesn’t give you hope, I don’t know what will. Watch it below. To have a read of our growing archive of articles on Tom Chaplin, use this link.


Live Review: Tom Chaplin at Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC – 17th January 2017

By on Thursday, 19th January 2017 at 2:00 pm

This time 2 years ago, Keane frontman Tom Chaplin took his first steps towards sobriety. Finally reaching a wall, he made the decision to stop using drugs after a prolonged period of substance abuse, which was sparked by self-doubt and anxiety towards making his first solo record. Well on the road to recovery and following the North American release last Friday of his poignant yet hopeful LP ‘The Wave’, Chaplin made a stop Tuesday evening in Washington, performing at the historic Lincoln Theatre on U Street in Northwest. It was his first time back in the Nation’s Capital since Keane’s last visit in 2012. It’s only natural that anyone who had previously seen Keane live would compare this performance to those past shows. As the charismatic lead singer whose dark backstory we knew little about until recently, Tom Chaplin was the face of wonderment, the killer voice propelling the tunes of his bandmate Tim Rice-Oxley.

While Keane songs were of course included in the mix to appease long-time fans, there were some obvious differences to how they were presented to us. Rice-Oxley’s animated, bombastic piano playing, for instance on upbeat track ‘Bend & Break’, had been a mainstay of the Keane sound. I noticed that during this show, while the piano was clearly there backing Chaplin, its presence felt slightly muted, making it clear it was Chaplin’s voice that was the star of the evening. Similarly, when ‘Crystal Ball’ made its appearance before the encore, his energetic leaps and bounds across the stage, reminiscent of the Keane days – to the delight of fans, of course – the focus of attention was unequivocally on Chaplin and the sheer vocal power he still delivers.

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Time, and I suppose a self-realisation of just how precious life is, has only strengthened his vocal abilities. While I questioned some of the lighting choices – seriously, who wants to be blinded by the stage lights for a song called ‘Bring the Rain’? – and Chaplin seemed uncomfortable singing early Keane single ‘Everybody’s Changing’ (nerves? bad memories?), these were minor quibbles, given the otherwise pretty much peerless performance. ‘I Remember You’ proved to be the ultimate combination, a track full of energy and audience handclaps, while giving him the perfect showcase for his dynamic vocal acrobatics.

His backing band, whom Chaplin himself put together last summer, are an incredibly tight unit for a group who have been together only a short time. More importantly, they offer something wonderfully different to what we might have otherwise expected at a Keane gig. Twin violins on ‘Bedshaped’ was an unexpected, unique way to present a classic Keane song. The band all joined in on the harmonies for inspirational title track ‘The Wave’; I was impressed by the richness of their combined vocals.

Guitarist Tobie Tripp and keyboardist Beau Holland provided acoustic backing to Chaplin’s soaring vocals on ‘Bound Together’ to open the encore. This bonus track, along with an audience reception to ‘Better Day’ so loud and rousing that he said he had to release this song as a single, provided additional highlights of the night. Imagine a cross between the themes of ‘On the Road’ and ‘Day Will Come’ from Keane’s 2012 album ‘Strangeland’, and you’ll get the idea. Chaplin dedicated ‘Solid Gold’ and the particularly poignant ‘Hold On to Our Love’ from the album to his long-suffering wife, the strong woman who has stood by his side through thick and thin.

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Though he shared with the audience that he had received bad news the day before that was making him “sad and lonely” and missing home, Chaplin didn’t for one moment let this affect his performance. It seems appropriate that for what Chaplin has been through, hitting rock bottom and having to claw his way back to some sense of normalcy, these struggles and successes he chronicles on ‘The Wave’, all of this has prepared him for the bumps as these in the road in life while staying sober. For him to share with us what he’s learned, the pain he’s endured as well as the amazing insights, it’s truly a priceless gift. Chaplin seemed truly humbled by the reception to his return to Washington, thanking the crowd quite a few times for providing the kind of personal connection that he said was the best medicine to soften the loneliness he had been feeling. It seems like such a small gesture from the fans, considering how for over a decade his famous voice has comforted and thrilled Keane’s worldwide legion of devotees. Am I looking forward to the next Tom Chaplin album? You bet.

Chaplin’s North American tour continues tonight at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom; for all his world live dates announced for the rest of the year, visit his official Web site. Catch up on my in-depth interview with Tom the week before the release of ‘The Wave’ in the UK through here.

After the cut: Tom Chaplin’s set list for the night.
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