It’s not Paradiso, but…
… last night we got to see the Black Keys play live, at Vector Arena. This was unexpected (thanks so much, Occasionally Travelled!), and a nice reminder for the two of us how much we enjoy the sounds of this American duo. Patrick Carney drums like his life depends on it, and Dan Auerbach sings his heart out till his throat must surely be sore and his voice hoarse, and the result is a huge rock sound that filled up the spaces left in between the near-capacity stadium crowd. The set was a fantastic mix of old and new, with favourite moments being Girl is on my mind (from third studio album Rubber Factory), the encore made up of Everlasting Light (from Brothers) and I got mine (from Attack and Release), as well as Little Black Submarines taken from their latest album El Camino. Oh and needless to say, the crowd went wild, complete with some crazy dancing, for Lonely Boy. I first came to love the music of the Black Keys sitting in Sweet Mothers Kitchen in Wellington when they played the entire Chulahoma (tribute) album (listen to it, if you haven’t! I really never get sick of this album), so I inherently have a preference for the more bluesy numbers in the ‘Keys repertoire. But PJD and I both remain convinced that Blackroc is their most exciting offering to date (so ridiculously good!), with the amazing crossover and collaboration being right up our alley.
Vector Arena is no Paradiso (oh how we are missing our small, gezellig concert venues of the Netherlands!), but we sure enjoyed the Black Keys live.
Photos by CIA and PJD, Vector Arena, Auckland, 2012