By: Jake Mysliwczyk
The Akron duo Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, known more famously as the Black Keys, brought their “Let’s Rock” tour to Pittsburgh Monday night following the release of their ninth studio album, Let’s Rock. Some would call this a reunion show as the band only played four songs off the new record and brought back classics from as far back as 2003. I even heard someone behind me say, “I forgot about this song” as the guitar riff started on “Howlin’ for You.”
Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach wasn’t afraid to let the long guitar solos rip as the show felt more like a relaxed jam-fest. Auerbach even referred to the set as, “basement music” twice throughout the night.
In between songs, Auerbach would briefly address the crowd and one of those times he talked about how drummer Patrick Carney went to school at the Arts Institute of Pittsburgh and then chuckled and said “we aren’t going to talk about that though” referring to the now-shuttered school. Carney recently talked about his negative experience at the Arts Institute of Pittsburgh during an interview on the Joe Rogan Experience Show. (starts at 3:27)
The duo was backed by a traveling studio band for the rhythm and bass guitar but sounded exactly, if not better, than the players on the recorded albums. For some of the songs, video graphics of post-industrial metal and steel would play behind them matching the gritty rock and roll being played on stage. Overall it was a great show filled with 21 songs that would be sure to leave fans searching for their old Black Keys albums again.
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