There was a huge line to get into The Black Keys performance at Emo’s. After about 40 minutes, I finally managed to make my way in. I think I only missed a song or two. There was a lot of buzz over this particular performance, because everyone was excited to hear some new material from The Black Keys (they have a new album coming out April 1). The Black Keys played four new songs, but Dan Auerbach only introduced one of them, saying, “This is a new one, we could mess it up.” The new stuff didn’t stray too far from The Black Keys playbook, but just enough to notice a small smidgen of change. I also noticed Key’s drummer Patrick Kearney had an effects pad on his kit. Don’t know if he ever had one before–maybe he did, but I just didn’t notice? I only have one suggestion for the Black Keys as they hit the road in support of their new album–give Patrick a microphone. He is one of the funniest people I have ever interviewed, and his banter could only add to the stage show.
Following the performance I quickly met up with The Black Keys. Dan admitted he was very nervous to play the new stuff tonight (you wouldn’t have been able to tell from the show), and Patrick greeted me with an apology. It goes back to one of my last episodes of Subterranean where I was joined by The Black Keys. We were in a really dingy basement and Patrick made a joke that the show was going to get cancelled. He accidentally jinxed me, but I have since forgiven him 🙂