Tim's Best of 2012

04 Jan 2013

1. Favourite album of 2012?
Cat Power - Sun. Very sultry and soulful.

2. Favourite single?
Solange Knowles - Losing You. This song (and video) blew my mind.

3. Best gig you saw?
Bruce Springsteen in Barcelona. He played Racing In The Street. What more can I say?

4. Best gig you played?
Maybe Paraguay. 13,000 people on a beautiful warm evening in South America. Doesn't get much better than that.

ROSADO's photo of Tim at the Paraguay show

5. Best film you saw?
Moonrise Kingdom.

6. Best journey you made?
Driving through the snowy Austrian mountains towards Ljubljana was a beautiful morning on the bus.

7. Best TV show you watched?
Probably the BBC Imagine documentary about Bridge over Troubled Water. Very, very inspiring.

8. Best book you read?
I loved The Dinner by Herman Koch. A slightly strange and surprising book.

9. Best meal you ate?
Jesse's friends Rich and Erica took us to an incredibly low-key street food place in an alley in Bangkok. Simple but both exciting and delicious.

10. Best thing you bought yourself?
One of the reproduction G-Plan sofas that Hemingway Design have just done. I didn't think I would ever get so excited about a sofa. Should I be worried?

11. Best thing someone else bought for you?
Somebody in São Paulo (I'm sorry, I can't remember who) gave me a model train which I love. It's now sitting on top of a speaker in my studio.

12. Best website you visited or app/podcast you downloaded?
damnyouautocorrect.com. Read it and weep.

13. Best thing that happened in 2012 for Keane?
It's kind of obvious, but being number 1 again really was amazing. Strangeland was hard work to make and it was a very rewarding and emotional moment when it topped the charts.

14. Best thing that happened in 2012 for you?
Rediscovering my love of being a tourist. I want to spend the rest of my life travelling and learning.

15. Finally, what are you looking forward to in 2013?
Travelling and learning!

Comments (61)

I just finished reading The Dinner....an excellent book. It was gripping and disturbing and thought-provoking. I loved it.

Posted by cami75 at 11:17pm, 07 Mar 2013

Lovely Tim :)

Posted by fASHER at 12:35pm, 20 Jan 2013

I´m from Paraguay and I thank you for that unforgettable concert; thank you for letting us know that you felt the positive feelings that we wanted to give to you! Me (and my wife since then) will never forget you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Posted by mirror mirror at 3:43pm, 17 Jan 2013


Posted by angieherreram at 2:47am, 14 Jan 2013

Tim es Love for the music desde pequeño. Dedicación, gusto esquisito por componer, habilidad con los dedos. Vive para i por la musica. Multinstrumentista. Ojalá fueras mi profesor. El piano Tim es un instrumento completo, elegante, gratificante, complejo. Espero poder tocar los acordes un poco bien. Para mí eres inaccesible tocando. Te suena esto : nota, sonido, frecuencia, intensidad, armónico, afinidad, tono, semitono, etc etc Marisa. Barcelona.

Posted by OXFORDD at 10:47pm, 13 Jan 2013

travelling and learning!! itu keren,,

Posted by DAHVALMA at 11:16am, 12 Jan 2013

Aight, Herman Koch

Posted by Willem at 2:52pm, 09 Jan 2013

Me he informado un poco del idioma inglés. Perdóname Tim, excited en español és emocionado. En inglés las sensaciones se describen con palabras diferentes al español. Nosotros tenemos más variedad de palabras para definir emociones. Marisa. Barcelona. I am so excited about tim's music.

Posted by OXFORDD at 10:43am, 09 Jan 2013

I am waitting for TOM'S best 2012 to say that Vitoria in Brasil is so beautiful and I could see your show and meet you at Ilha Acústico on saturday evening. There is a VIP space conected with the stage where the star can come to stay more close and in touch with me... (I went to Ziggy Marley gig there) Did I told you that I was in Buenos Aires in Keane's Gig? The best were TOM's voice :) I loved with all my heart :):) LOVE NATÁLIA

Posted by natalia32 at 10:14pm, 08 Jan 2013


Posted by choupette94 at 7:13am, 08 Jan 2013

Hi friends! I know that today you will be with usa I would like to wish you every happiness for the first shows ** TOMY will you have time to share with us your Best of 2012

Posted by choupette94 at 7:12am, 08 Jan 2013

nice answers! when you play in Argentina it's going to be one of the best of 2013

Posted by pskeane at 6:33am, 08 Jan 2013

Welcome back to Portland - it's about time - see you tomorrow night!!

Posted by brucethemover at 5:36am, 08 Jan 2013

Les tecles del piano son suggerents, sensuals i musicals. És millor que un sofà Hemingway. Felicitats des d'aquí a Leonel Messi, 4 pilota d'or. Felicitats a Tito Vilanova pel seva estimació el FCB Felicitats a Pep Guardiola perquè probablement entrenarà l'any vinent a un equip anglès, Manchester ??? Un petonàs a Tim i que no li pugi la fama el cap. ( Català Language ).

Posted by OXFORDD at 10:53pm, 07 Jan 2013

I hope the boys have a good trip and a great tour!

Posted by angelrosie2011 at 6:57pm, 07 Jan 2013

Jajajaja grande TIM, tu eres mi inspiración desde joven espero algún día poder conocerte al igual que a los demás chicos de KEANE, sigue adelante y gracias, muchas gracias por enseñarme a amar la música. Desde COSTA RICA!!!

Posted by leosj29 at 3:21pm, 07 Jan 2013

Tim you re a great man! This very good you want visit places! ami I love that! see new places every day! ... Hopefully this on your list to visit Mexico travel! .. I recommend Yucatan and Guadalajara are very beautiful places! I'm from Veracruz (: for if you want to come visit! .. XD Farewell ... You Have a Great Year 2013! You've earned it my love!

Posted by krmen at 2:33am, 07 Jan 2013

Os deseo un gran Tour por EE.UU. Tim, para mí eres mejor músico instrumentista que The Boss. Experimentas con los sonidos. Is it any Wonder ? y Perfect Symmetry és el CD más completo musicalmente. Recuerda que eres la razon de haber comenzado a tocar el piano. Voy lenta en el aprendizaje y lo tendria de tocar más a menudo. Te deseo lo mejor para el 2013, animos, y te aprecia, una seguidora principiante de piano. Decirte que cuando te dejas la barba de dos ó tres días me excita igual que tu el sofa Hemingway. Para mi eres un gran músico. Es un placer oír tus composiciones. Marisa. con aprecio, te admira y te sigue. Bcn.

Posted by OXFORDD at 9:07pm, 06 Jan 2013

I've never heard of Racing In The Street before. It's a beautiful song. Thanks.

Posted by ratatouille at 6:36pm, 06 Jan 2013

Hi Tim! Thanks for these interesting answers. I didn't know about damnyouautocorrect.com ... and it's hilarious :D , I already shared it with some friends of mine who keep making mistakes and being frustrated and angry with the autocorrect. I have myself a collection of "print screens" of the best one I receive (and send). thanks for the hint :D I love it. I'm glad to know you re-discovered the pleasure of travelling, it makes you strong, happy and opens your mind....even if somehow your answer made me a little sad. It's good being home as well sometimes, and discover the beauties around the corner, but this is just because I'm living in a sort of chaos right now and, for once in my life, I'm not in the mood for travelling :S I wish you and your beloved ones to find happiness inside and outside of you. ' Love you. - Simona from Florence (Italy) or Houston ... ?? :-\

Posted by sim163 at 6:02pm, 06 Jan 2013

Fine :) I love this. And thank you for giving us a insight of yourself over the year. I also know about the website damnyouautocorrect.com and I think it's hilarious. I use to laugh. The human travel around the world, I love to see places, first go to and then have a look around, do everything that shows the beauty in the nature and the country, everything, you know. But it's much more I can say, it's just :D Thanks! ;D I love you Tim! I like to hear this from you, please let me know about your music taste, I'd like to know about it. But I wish you a Happy New Year! Come to Sweden, it cost for me to get to u somewhere else, tickets etc. Please come to Sweden. I love U! Beautiful!

Posted by josse.r@hotmail.com at 5:39pm, 06 Jan 2013

maravillosoo!! :D te amo tim!!!

Posted by keanixa (Chile) at 12:55am, 06 Jan 2013

Dear Tim...I´m so glad to read that you enjoyed the gig here in Paraguay.. we loved it too... I wish you a 2013 full of travelling and learning!

Posted by Jessicapepi at 11:35pm, 05 Jan 2013

Sí que deberías preocuparte porqué no es normal que te excite un sofa de Hemingway. Resultabas más atractivo cuando llevabas los pelos largos y eran los comienzos de Keane. El dinero nos hace cambiar ?

Posted by OXFORDD at 6:09pm, 05 Jan 2013

Awww...you could have stopped for a minute on your way to Ljubljana at my place...

Posted by Gudrun (Austria) at 5:35pm, 05 Jan 2013

Aww.such a nice interview Timmy. Thanx keanemusic for doing this. :)

Posted by shiza at 5:21pm, 05 Jan 2013

Tim you are so lucky to be a member of Keane: you can travel all around the world! Thanks for Strangeland, just beautiful. Lots of love from The Netherlands.

Posted by Marigold at 4:32pm, 05 Jan 2013

Encima de la moto con casco cuando estabas en Beirut, te daba un aire aventurero. Ojalá puedas cumplir tu deseo de viajar y aprender. Yo intentaré aprender piano poco a poco con mi profesora Marta, parte en casa, parte en la Escuela Instituto Llongueras método Lacroix i te seguire all the world donde tu dejes ver. A través de estas respuestas me he dado cuenta que eres inaccesible para mi. Yo he redescubierto que es un instrumento ilimitado, y que su estudio es fascinante. Tienes suerte Tim de poder viajar mientras estás de Gira. Porqué los jugadores del FC Barcelona van de campo a campo y no sé si pueden hacer mucho turismo. Te deseo lo mejor para 2013. Una principiante en piano.

Posted by OXFORDD at 4:24pm, 05 Jan 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR TIM :) You played an amzing show in Edinburgh. Keane always deserve to be at number 1

Posted by Delta at 4:15pm, 05 Jan 2013

Ciao caro Tim, molto interessanti e simpatiche anche le tue risposte, mi ha colpita molto quella in cui dici che ami essere un turista e che ti piace tanto viaggiare in giro per il mondo alla scoperta di posti che non avevi mai visto prima: secondo me è proprio entusiasmante ed anche emozionante conoscere delle nuove città, vedere i monumenti e i ristoranti tipici di quei luoghi!!! Un abbraccio e buon week.end a tutta la band da Sabrina from Catania, Sicily!!!

Posted by Sabrina v. at 2:46pm, 05 Jan 2013

Hi Tim! Thanks for sharing your best of 2012! Don't worry about your excitement over a new sofa! It happens to us all when we reach our mid thirties! ;) Lots of love, Annette H x.

Posted by NET at 2:01pm, 05 Jan 2013

Nobody remember Russia, Tom, we hope, may be ,you? Sad Russian fans

Posted by Nataly_kotik at 1:46pm, 05 Jan 2013

hi tim ** travel narrative that makes me dream; what marvelous representations of happiness you had to live! whether in South Africa or emotion should be intence with thousands of fans or the Austrian mountains that have caused you to offer all their beauty *** I am very very happy that all the work is founit to Strangeland translated with such success!! I am absolutely certain that the next write texts that will be the most beautiful you will share all these moments that you just live you're really a boy sentationel thank you for everything you give us ***Big KISSES from FRANCE

Posted by choupette94 at 8:20am, 05 Jan 2013

but I learned much more than I knew...

Posted by Nina at 4:48am, 05 Jan 2013

Mr R-O...I just finished watching a documentary on Paul Simon...Journey to Graceland..Under African Skies... I thought of you...

Posted by Nina at 4:46am, 05 Jan 2013

Tim, I'm so happy that your always have something good to say about São Paulo and Latin America as well, thanks. Needless to say how much I loved every single answer. Dude! You're my inspiration. Beijos, Regina.

Posted by Regina Brz at 4:40am, 05 Jan 2013


Posted by flor_keane at 1:30am, 05 Jan 2013

thanks tim're amazing, we love living Asuncion Paraguay keane=)

Posted by patita at 12:03am, 05 Jan 2013

My favourite music and guitarrista electrico: Jimi Hendrix.

Posted by OXFORDD at 11:21pm, 04 Jan 2013

My favourite Tim: He was playint is it any wonder?. Levantado del tamburete, con la mano derecha tocando el syntetizador rojo, con la mano izquierda tocando el piano Yamaha, con el pie accionado el pedal electrònico y su cuerpo se mueve a ritmo de la música. En definitiva baila. La cabeza parece que se le vaya a dislocar. En aquellos momentos le diría: puedo tocar aunque sea una tecla y bailar contigo ? A veces me gustaría ser aunque fuera una sola tecla de su piano. Te aprecia. Marisa. Barcelona.

Posted by OXFORDD at 10:37pm, 04 Jan 2013

Strangeland: the first CD recorder in Sea Fog Studios. "Sea Fog comes like a river rolls a stone". Tim Rice: músico, compositor, orquestador, instruments ( piano, bass, keyboards, backing vocals, keytar, guitar, synthesizer, recorder and harpsichord), creador de sonidos ( buscando una onda un poquito parecida a Jimi Hendrix, por ejemplo), habilidad con las manos, etc etc etc, What more can it say ? Marisa Barcelona

Posted by OXFORDD at 10:28pm, 04 Jan 2013

Dear Tim, I wish you a very happy new year 2013 with great success and travel! I hope that you are going to compose other beautiful songs for Tom and for you because your voice is very beautiful! I would love a song with your own voice on every album there as on Night train with Your love. It would be great that you do a live as you did for the song "your love". Moreover, other groups like depeche mode do so. Martin gore sings always at least a song in concert and Dave gahan others. I love when you sing all four, this is great, your voice blend very well! I also listen to Mt desolation, as a Bridal gown, Pitter bill and Coming home! These songs are wonderful! I hope that you will continue to write songs because you are talented, you all four and in addition you have a lot of humor! Do not change! I thank you also for my 2 photos with you after the concert at the Olympia in Paris because you had to be tired. The concert was awesome! I loved A bad dream, try Again and sea Fog... Tomorrow, I'll buy the book the dinner! The theme me please, it came out yesterday in France,. I wish you a Good American tour! See you again. Florence (Paris)

Posted by crEvEtte9578 at 10:21pm, 04 Jan 2013

Tim.. I Love You... :) Happy 2013... Fly To Me Please..! COLOMBIA Wait For KEANE

Posted by paliz at 9:51pm, 04 Jan 2013

Tim, I hope you're well. I wish you a great 2013 :-)

Posted by LifeParadox at 9:44pm, 04 Jan 2013

Thanks Tim, Keane deserve to be number 1 always, xxx

Posted by Kathleen at 9:20pm, 04 Jan 2013

there are no words to describe how I feel! it's good to hear your issues are fascinating =) we are waiting again for a new show here for in Paraguay (^_^)/

Posted by emilia dominguez at 8:37pm, 04 Jan 2013

Thank you so much Tim, your answers/opinions are always so special and enriching! Congratulations for all the fabulous work in 2012 with Strangeland, such a flawless and timeless album, such a stunning Tour! You are indeed the "Magnificent Keane"! Hope you may achieve all your dreams in 2013, wish you the Very Best! Always much love from Lisbon/Portugal***

Posted by hlimpo at 8:35pm, 04 Jan 2013

Tim, check this book out, as well...The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. Take care!!!!

Posted by anouk23 at 8:25pm, 04 Jan 2013

Hi, Tim! that's why i love you so much because we seem to love the same things: travelling and learning, reading. I'm going to check out that book!!! Happiest of New Years to you, Tim, and to your family! * hugs & kisses from Belgium *

Posted by anouk23 at 8:21pm, 04 Jan 2013

I'd like Brazilian fans were so numerous and passionate like the others fans of Latin America countries. Brazil is very large, so we (your true loyal and passionate fans) are scattered for all country. But even so, please come back with your own show or anyway!

Posted by angelrosie2011 at 7:54pm, 04 Jan 2013

Thanks Tim. I feel so excited to know that the best gig you played was in Paraguay. Please come back someday. WE MISS YOU.

Posted by beafer at 7:31pm, 04 Jan 2013

KEANE, KEANE, KEANE... Asunción - Paraguay! 23 . 08 . 12. Amazing night!! for us it was the best concert... I hope to come back soon .. Happy new year! ♥

Posted by estefih.py at 7:30pm, 04 Jan 2013

Happy New Year Tim!!! I agree with you, travelling is the most exciting thing human can experience, bcoz through it we discover our planet which sometimes is so unknown to us. Congratulations to you and all the band for making such as good work with Strangeland. I hope to see you again by Barcelona. Kisses!!!!!!

Posted by evabcn at 7:21pm, 04 Jan 2013

Thank you so much dear Tim! Happy 2013 for you! Waiting for KEANE this year here in Brazil! Hugs. xx

Posted by clekeanefan at 6:37pm, 04 Jan 2013

I can’t wait to see you in april 2013 in Peru!! awwww!! :)

Posted by M_Is@bel at 6:23pm, 04 Jan 2013


Posted by A-keane-rel at 6:15pm, 04 Jan 2013

Didn't know The Dinner by Herman Koch got translated! Read that one a few years back and saw the play as well. Proud to be Dutch for once!

Posted by jojoba at 6:05pm, 04 Jan 2013

-Solange Knowles, do you mean Beyonce's sister? let's listen... -Bridge over Troubled Water. Simon & Garfunkel yay! I'd like Tim to teach more about his music taste!

Posted by ValeN at 6:00pm, 04 Jan 2013


Posted by ClauTornier at 5:58pm, 04 Jan 2013

Thanks for remember the Paraguay show. Come back soon ♥

Posted by Adrigamarra at 5:56pm, 04 Jan 2013

Thank you so much for this. Love from Taiwan-Chi

Posted by rainborn8228 at 5:48pm, 04 Jan 2013

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