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The Black Keys at Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, Michigan – September 7, 2022


The Black Keys performed the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Michigan earlier this week. (PHOTO: Chris Balow)

The Black Keys
Pine Knob Music Theatre
Clarkston, Michigan
September 7, 2022

Somebody may wish to inform The Black Keys that they’ve already completely cemented their place within the area rock scene. The duo of dropouts introduced their Dropout Boogie 2022 Tour to the Pine Knob Theater in Clarkston, Michigan on Wednesday evening.

The pair of Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach have been making music for over twenty years collectively. I can vividly recall seeing them play earlier than thirty individuals at The Majestic Theatre in Detroit in 2003. Now, they’ve a packed home of just about 9,000 patrons singing together with their full catalog of hits. It’s fairly unbelievable to see a few storage rockers from the Midwest obtain such a stage of success, particularly after years of grinding it out. Don’t neglect that this is identical group that turned down 200,000 British kilos so their music wouldn’t seem in a mayonnaise industrial.

There was an additional satisfaction to Wednesday’s efficiency because the Key’s setlist was bifurcated into two distinct elements highlighting their 2021 launch of “Delta Kream.” Auerbach and Carney introduced out Eric Deaton and Kenny Brown who Auerbach idolized in highschool. Dan regaled the group with a narrative saying” I used to be a 17-year-old child who watched Kenny Brown play with R.L. Burnside in Cleveland, and Patrick and I wouldn’t be right here with out this man proper right here!” It’s excessive reward for the comparatively unknown Brown, but you possibly can actually hear his affect on Auerbach and The Keys all through their music. Auerbach and Brown commerce off solos throughout the five-song set of “Coal Black Mattie”, Junior Kimbrough’s “Keep All Night time,” John Fahey’s “Poor Boy Lengthy Methods From Residence” and John Lee Hooker’s “Crawlin’ Kingsnake.” They then instantly launch into one other cowl of Richard Berry’s “Have Love, Will Journey.”

The covers portion of the evening is bookended by a slew of hits like “ I Bought Mine” and Grammy Award-winning tracks like “Fever” and “Tighten Up” to open the present. Hit’s like “Subsequent Woman” and the featured single off Dropout Boogie “Wild Youngster” retains the followers singing and out of their seats the entire evening. It looks as if Auerbach performs a classic guitar on each observe from a Supro Martinique to a Guild S-200 Thunderbird, with all of the unbelievable fuzz pedals in tow.

Closing out the evening have been songs “Little Black Submarines” which is such a fascinating penultimate music to carry out. It completely winds the group down and calls for consideration with the acoustic portion, and launches right into a full-blown electrical blues jam session that melds Carney’s drumming into Auerbach’s guitar.

The Black Keys actually have earned each little bit of success coming their approach. This tour showcases the duo within the prime of their profession and shouldn’t be missed, as these guys will sometime be enshrined of their residence state…..we’re taking a look at your Rock & Roll Corridor Of Fame!

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