The Black Keys at Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto – Concert review

August 8, 2012
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The Black Keys - photo by John Peets

The Gig: The Black Keys
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, Canada
When: 4 August 2012
In One Word: Spirited

A hot, humid night with storm clouds rolling in and lightning on the horizon provided the perfect backdrop for one of the hottest bands around – The Black Keys. Despite the fact that Toronto was simultaneously hosting one of the largest Caribbean Carnivals in the world, and the access road to the venue was closed, fans managed to make the trek to the Molson Amphitheatre. Dedicated fans indeed; those like myself who can drive to the venue in less than twenty minutes, were forced to use the TTC and were lucky to make it to the venue in an hour. Hooray for public transit! This inconvenience would have been better tolerated had I not missed most of the opening band – The Shins. (Note to self: remember not to attend a concert at this venue on this particular weekend of the year.)

The Black Keys took to the stage at 9:44pm, giving them less than 90 minutes to perform. I was disappointed but quickly realized that although this band are very talented and their live performance is album perfect, they do not interact very much with the audience. Not even a mention of the downpour that occurred shortly after they started playing. I mean, those of us seated in the covered area could not help but look behind as the lawn people started screaming and running closer to the stage. Perhaps with time and practice, the band can better learn how to interact with the audience; giving them a sense of connecting.

The highlight for me was when the original members (the others are touring musicians), guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney played a few songs as a duo. The sparse sound created by the two, emphasized the blues-infused rock that is The Black Keys.

Despite the heat, rain and lack of convenient transportation, the audience was in great spirits and The Black Keys took them even higher.

© Dee Dee Duric, Music Vice

SETLIST

Howlin’ for You
Next Girl
Run Right Back
Same Old Thing
Dead and Gone
Gold on the Ceiling
Thickfreakness
Girl Is on My Mind
I’ll Be Your Man
Your Touch
Little Black Submarines
Money Maker
Strange Times
Nova Baby
Ten Cent Pistol
Tighten Up
Lonely Boy

ENCORE
Everlasting Light
She’s Long Gone
I Got Mine

Internet link: The Black Keys

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