KEANE'S month-long American tour has got off to a shaky start, because all three band members are scared of flying.

The British chart-toppers begin their assault in Austin, Texas, tonight (25JAN05), before taking in gigs across the US and then heading to Europe.

But frontman Tom Chaplin admits the jet-setting tour is a daunting prospect, because they all hate flying.

He says, "I used to be really blase about it, but the other two were cautious fliers.

"But, as time's gone on I've really becoming a nervous wreck - I cling on to the side of my chair when we take off.

"Unless I'm drunk or asleep, which sometimes happens."

26/01/2005 09:37