The Black Keys came to Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena ready to rock their fans. The Turn Blue tour has been bringing some bluesy funk from their Akron, Ohio roots to cities across the U.S. Starting with “Dead and Gone” the Grammy winning duo, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney fired through a dynamic set. The set was dominated by tunes from older albums, though three songs promoting their chart topping new album, Turn Blue, made appearances.
Backed by keyboardist John Clement Wood and bassist Richard Swift, singer-guitarist Auerbach and drummer Carney were the main attraction on stage. Carney wailed on the drums while Auerbach seemed content to get lost in the songs. Without saying much in between tunes, they let the music speak for them. “Howlin For You” and “Lonely Boy” were crowd favorites that had the audience singing along word by word. If there was any question, the encore sealed it. Auerbach and Carney are still a unique combination that rock the crowd on their own terms.
Opener, Cage The Elephant didn’t miss the opportunity to make their mark. Lead singer Matthew Shultz thrashed around the stage while ripping through a nearly 45-minute set. Their high voltage performance included hits, “Shake Me Down” and “Come a Little Closer”.
Setlist: Dead and Gone, Next Girl, Run Right Back, Same Old Thing, Nova Baby, Gold on the Ceiling, Leavin’ Trunk, Too Afraid to Love You, A Girl Like You (Edwyn Collins cover), Howlin’ For You, Gotta Get Away, Fever, Tighten Up, Your Touch, Lonely Boy
Encore: Turn Blue, Little Black Submarines, I Got Mine