Oh baby! Keane superstar Tom Chaplin, who performed an intimate concert with band mates in Sheffield this week, has revealed why he is looking forward to a year off – he is about to become a dad.
He was speaking exclusively to The Star ahead of their Real Radio Intimate Concert at the Winter Garden - an invite-only showcase for their new Best Of Keane album.
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They performed a stripped-down acoustic set of mainly greatest hits, including Everybody’s Changing, This Is The Last Time, Bedshaped, Sovereign Light Cafe and Somewhere Only We Know, the song covered by Lily Allen for the John Lewis Christmas TV advert.
About 200 fans, including The Star competition winners, were also treated to Higher Than The Sun, one of three new tracks on the album, plus a version of David Bowie’s Life On Mars.
Tom’s amazing vocal range was accompanied by keyboard player Tim Rice-Oxley, with percussionist Richard Hughes ‘on the shaker’. Bass player Jesse Quin was missing, on new dad duties.
Tom and wife Natalie, who wed in June 2011, are also expecting their first child in March.
He said: “It’s not true that we are splitting up. We’ve been quite surprised by the reaction to that story. There seems to be a lot of love for us, which is nice.
“All we have really thought about is taking some time out.
“I’ve a few plans. My wife is pregnant and we’re expecting a baby in March. I’m kind of figuring out that’s only going to take up the first half of the year, but I think I’m deluded. I’m excited about that. It’s our first.”
He also admits he has been singing to the bump.
“I have a little bit, yes,” he said. “Just nonsense really.”
The 34-year-old said Sheffield has a lot of happy memories for the band and he is hoping they will return to play the city after their year out.
He said: “Sheffield was one of the first places hat we stayed when we were first touring. Tim’s brother lived in Sheffield and we camped on his floor and hung out in the city. Then we were back playing at the Arena. That doesn’t make any sense.”