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The Black Keys

I mentioned that my daughter and I were at a concert in Edinburgh on Saturday night. The tickets came as a gift from a friend of mine (cheers Stevie) who had bought them but couldn’t go.

The gig was The Black Keys at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange.

The “band” originally consisted only of  Dan Auerbach (guitar/vocal) and Patrick Carney on drums indeed on Saturday night the two of them did three numbers by themselves. However they are now augmented by bass and keyboards.

I wasn’t all that au fait with their material although Hannah suggested several albums and tracks to listen to beforehand so I had a working knowledge of their blues based rock tunes.

I thought they were great. As tight as an Aberdonian’s wallet on a flag day (sorry Ken!) they played a superb set of driving songs underpinned by catchy hook lines and riffs.

Carney’s energetic drumming combined with Auerbach’s very full guitar sound and bluesy vocals had the place rocking. The Corn Exchange is a standing only venue and in our eagerness to get a good view, we only realised that we were in fact in the “mosh pit” when the band appeared – result? complete mayhem with bodies and beer flying everywhere.

I’m too old for that stuff and Hannah too young, so we moved!

We got some not bad photos:

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And here is the band on Jools Holland’s show performing Tighten Up




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9 Responses

  1. that’s my Lunch Time Listen on Spotify sorted out then…

    and ‘Oi! – less of the tight Aberdonian quips’

  2. Been posting their trax on Facebook regular for the last 6 months … and using Lonely Boy as my show music at gigs!

    Great album!!

  3. The mosh pit in the Corn Exchange Edinsnore being too lively !!! PMSL

    It’s notoriously sedate in comparison to the Barrowland

    I’ve often done the double … Barrowland and Corn Exchange … and never cease to be amazed at how shite an Edinsnook crowd is in comparison to the Glesga hordes

    This is often exemplified by the fact that many bands play for as much as an hour longer at the Barrowland … just cos they’re having such an obviously good time

    Edinbore is the retirement home of rock-n roll!!


    • If it had been lively that would have been ok but this was fully fledged drunken eejits with limbs and drinks flying everywhere. Had to get my girl out of there – she’s only a young lassie and quite unassuming – not used to an 18 stone tattoed eejit practically landing on top of her.

      Maybe it was a busload frae Glesca.

  4. I was there too Rab and was surprised how up for it the Edinburgh crowd were.
    It was the first time I’d seen the black keys live,thought they played a storming set, but they are a barrowlands band if ever I’ve seen one.
    I wasn’t sure about the venue, thought it had a bit of a community centre about it.

  5. Not impressed much by the venue either. I prefer a comfy seat myself!

  6. Hannah has good musical taste then Rab. Maybe you should hang out with her more often and get some new material for HL.

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