The Black Keys

Christen The Newly Remodeled

Rocket Mortgage


October 1, 2019

Two local boys returned to northeast Ohio to "rock" a newly updated and refurbished Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Monday night.   Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, better known as The Black Keys are out supporting their latest release titled Let's Rock.

And that's exactly what these two Firestone graduates did; they rocked.

It's been four years since the duo put out a record together.  Individually, both men have been busy producing and releasing solo albums.  After a much deserved hiatus, the group reformed and has released their best album since 2011's El Camino

The Akron natives, backed by two other guitarists and a bassist, played six out of their twenty-one song set list from Let's Rock.

Opening the show with "I Got Mine," the band basically plowed through the ninety minute set without hardly taking a break.

Both came out repping their northeast Ohio roots.  Patrick wore a "Block C" Indians hat whil Dan wore an old school "Ghoul" t-shirt.

Things really heated up when the band launched into "Gold On The Ceiling" as the stage burst into a beam of light.

The new songs like "Fire Walk With Me" and "Walk Across The Water" were well received along with older tunes like "Howlin' For You."

Auerbach did address the audience toward the end of the set when he said, "We're gonna play one from back in day from Richmond Place in Akron, Ohio from down in the basement." The band then tore into "Thickfreakness."

The set came to a close with two songs from El Camino, "Little Black Submarines" and the raucous "Lonley Boy."

The Black Keys returned to encore with the first single from the new album, "Hi/Lo," and "Go."  

The show ended with "She's Long Gone" from their Grammy Award winning album Brothers.

It was fitting that two local boys got to christen this newly updated building with their homespun brand of rock n roll. 

Modest Mouse served as the openers and played their unique brand of indie-rock.  The band, which features three drummers and two violinists sounded fine, but seemed to miss the mark.  Surprisingly, they failed to play their biggest single "Float On" during their set.

Warm-up act, repeat repeat, who is produced by Patrick Carney, did a solid job opening the show.  

Review and photos by Greg Drugan

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