Music Feature

YouTube Review: The Black Keys in Philly

by Ryan O'Connell
The Black Keys rock the Wells Fargo Center in Philly and we found video to prove it.

I did not get to go to the Black Keys show this past weekend at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly. I wanted to, but the older you get, the harder it is to justify spending more than 30 bucks to go see a band play. So my Future Wife and I went to the Philadelphia Flower Show instead and made numerous plans for the backyard we don’t yet have. But now it’s Monday and even though I had a delightful Saturday night, I’m still regretting missing that Black Keys show.

So as a result, I’m trolling through You Tube, watching clips of the show. Here are some of the best ones I’ve found.

Everlasting Light,” which opened up the three song encore. I saw pictures of it on Twitter and read reports about a giant disco ball and thousands of tiny lights- pretty rock ‘n roll. It’s almost as rock ‘n roll as the black leather jacket that Keys’ front man Dan Auerbach is rocking.

Strange Times,” an awesome song from the album Attack & Release. It was one of the few songs the band played minus their two backing musicians and it rocks. But I wonder- is some of the luster of the Black Keys eroded some because they tour with backing musicians now? I don’t care, but purists might, especially those who were initially drawn to the band because they were a two-piece.

Dead and Gone” is, in my opinion, one of the more underrated songs on the Keys’ new album El Camino and the dudes rocked it Saturday night. The song has such a great stomping beat to it that I can almost picture myself clapping along now…oh wait, I am clapping along. Loudly. This probably won’t go over well here at the office.

Tighten Up” into “Lonely Boy” or as it also could be known- “A Perfect Example of How to Properly Finish a Big Rock Show.” I can’t tell you how many the times I’ve wished I could not only play guitar, but play the guitar part to “Tighten Up.” I also can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt bad for drummer Patrick Carney. That dude needs to sit up straighter. Watching him play makes my back hurt. But either way, the Keys’ go from “Tighten Up” into “Lonely Boy,” only stopping for enough time so Auerbach can urge the crowd to “get a little crazy with us.” And I’m sure they did. I haven’t seen anything official, but I’m guessing “Lonely Boy” won the prize for most people singing along.

I Got Mine” is easily one of the top 10 best driving songs of the last decade. It makes me want to rip donuts, leap across the hood and rob a bank. Wait, I didn’t say that last thing. I’m exploring bank robbery as a means to pay student debt and want to avoid saying or writing anything incriminating. Probably shouldn’t have said that either.

Final verdict: probably should have gone to the show.

photos from Philadelphia Weekly and Michael Goldberg.

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