As a younger fan, it was my first timing seeing the blues-rock band live. Since the members have been playing together for around 21 years, many of The Black Keys listeners who I talked to before the show had already seen the band perform in the past. So I wasn't shocked when the band ran onto a simple stage set, featuring only their instruments in front of a plain curtain backdrop and "The Black Keys" illuminated by bulb lights; I was just disappointed.
Veteran Black Keys fans screamed as the band opened with "I Got Mine," off of the 2008 Attack & Release before making way for "Eagle Birds," the second track off the Let's Rock. Next was "Tell Me Lies," also from the new album. While the Akron, Ohio-native band played, trippy visuals projected onto the curtain and twirled and spun with color saturation. I was enjoying the ride, enjoying the music, but I wanted more from the stage setup.
Then the Key's rolled into one of its hits, "Gold on the Ceiling," and as the group banged out the beginning notes, the curtain fell away to reveal a large circular screen, with lighting bolts on both sides and The Black Keys logo on top. Rectangle hanging lights pulsed up and down from the ceiling. Now, this was a Black Keys show! This was PPG!
Here are more of photographer Andrew Stein's highlights from the show: