And there was us thinking that the only thing Keane singer Tom Chaplin was addicted to was pies and whiny piano ballads. Turns out he's fond of getting wasted on booze and cocaine, too.
Previously thought of as about as rock and roll as a nice sit down with a scone and a sudoku book, Keane have only shown flashes of rebellious behaviour once before, when one of them said they didn't like Oasis. And that was last year – a full eight years after everyone else had stopped liking Oasis. Hardly thrilling stuff. But earlier this year, Keane were forced to cancel shows in Edinburgh and Ibiza because moon-faced Keane singer Tom Chaplin was suffering from 'exhaustion'.
Now, exhaustion never actually means exhaustion – unless Tom Chaplin had actually exhausted himself by writing too many rubbish MOR songs and being all defensive about being called a tosser in interviews, there was always going to be something else going on. And there was – Tom Chaplin had secretly been lost in a spiral of alcohol and cocaine abuse, and has decided to bugger off to rehab to do something about it, as he told The Sun:
“I’ve admitted myself to The Priory to get the professional help I need to overcome my increasing problem with drink and drugs. I’m looking forward to sorting myself out and getting back to playing again as soon as possible."
Jesus Christ, so Keane sounded like a particularly dull women's institute meeting even when they were off their faces on booze and illegal drugs. We can't even begin to imagine how dreary the inevitable Keane 'cleaned up after rehab' album is going to be.