It was obvious that something big was about to happen at ACL Live as you walked up Lavaca St. and witnessed the long line of folks, waiting for their chance to make it in for what would be a great night of music. Coming back for another round, The Black Keys made their second appearance on Austin City Limits this past Monday night. The pair which includes guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, from Akron, Ohio have made it-in almost every possible way. Since their first taping in 2010, the duo have earned seven Grammy Awards, high-record sales and arena tours. They came back to Moody Theater to show their audience (and everyone tuning in via live stream) exactly what they’re made of.
The dynamic duo were joined by keyboardist John Clement Wood and bassist Richard Swift on stage for about a 90-minute set. While their current tour is in support of their newest album Turn Blue, a lot of their set list was built of songs from Brothers, the album that put them on the map. They kicked off with the familiar track “Next Girl,” and immediately showed that this show was going to be loud from start to finish. Not once did the energy in the room get to any sort of normal rate as fans were singing along and dancing in every section of the venue. “Run Right Back” featured Wood accompanying Auerbach’s powerhouse guitar solo on the organ which created an epic sound. A highlight in the set was seeing Carney striking his drum set after Auerbach perfectly whistled the beginning of “Tighten Up.”
Fan favorites like “Lonely Boy” had everyone in a frenzy, even in the highest row in the theater. Finding no need to stop in between, The Black Keys pummeled through the set list and went straight to the encore which include two tracks from Turn Blue and closed with the ever so popular “Little Black Submarines.” Auerbach started the song off with a gorgeous brass resonator guitar and kicked off into an extended intro, but once he began the first verse, the audience erupted and everyone was on their feet. As the audience made their way out, the buzz of post-show adrenaline was filling the lobby. You can catch this episode next year as a part of what has been a great season for Austin City Limits.
* Live photos courtesy of KLRU. All photos below by Scott Newton.