Victoria and I love seeing live music. When we were in Ohio, it was tough to see the shows we were excited about. Most big bands/acts didn’t come to Columbus, instead hitting Cleveland and maybe Cincinnati on their way too or from Chicago.
That said, The Black Keys, who are from Ohio, did make it to Columbus pretty regularly. But whenever they were in town there would be a conflict with our schedules and we couldn’t make it. So when we saw there were tickets still available for their gig at the Target Center, we jumped on it.
We arrived in downtown Minneapolis early, hoping to grab a bite to eat before the show. All of the area restaurants were packed (the Twins had a game that night as well) but we managed to grab a table at Gluek’s for a tasty meal.
At dinner before the show, wearing a cycling hat that makes me look like a pinhead.
The Arctic Monkeys opened for The Black Keys, and I was eager to see them live as well. They did not disappoint. Their lead singer, Alex Turner, is a true front man, charming the crowd with his witty English banter before blowing us away with his vocals.
They were just as good live as they are on their recordings and made for a fun opening act. By the time they were done the arena was nearly full of folks waiting for the main event.
Dan and Pat (and a couple other musicians) took the stage and immediately began to rock, bringing everyone to their feet. The lighting and staging for the show was excellent. There were a few screens behind the band that would show cool film footage, or monochrome footage of the performance.
The Black Keys really are just two guys, Dan Auerbach on guitar/vocals and Pat Carney on drums. Their first several albums consisted of just those two instruments – guitar and drums – and thoroughly rocked. On their last two albums – far and away the most commercially successful stuff they’ve released – they used a full band to round out their sound. While they began the show with the full band, a few songs in they ditched the extra guys and Dan and Pat played some of their older stuff. It was AWESOME!
A few songs before the fake end of the show, everyone returned to the stage to blast through some of their biggest hits.
Then came the real end of the show
The Black Keys were incredible live – go see them if they come to your city. It was easily one of the best live shows I’ve seen in a while…they absolutely rock.