Posted in music | pictures on December 6, 2011

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The Black Keys
The Black Keys

The Black Keys played Webster Hall last night (12/6), a celebration of their new LP El Camino out NOW (as you may have noticed from the ads on this site today). Though the sponsored-by-Southern-Comfort show was small (compared to their next one at MSG anyway), their set was not, dipping deep into their back catalog, as you already know if you were not at Lana Del Rey and one of the few who got a ticket, or one of the many who watched it online....

The set list covered the whole of Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney's journey through and out of their roots, going back all the way to "I'll Be Your Man" on their 2002 debut, The Big Come Up, and stopping off at "Your Touch" from 2006's Magic Potion. The history lessons highlighted how far the duo has come from the binary stomp and grind of their early records to the trailer-park T. Rex effect of "Everlasting Light" on 2010's Brothers and the crossed wires of glam-era David Bowie and the MC5's guitar chaos in El Camino's "Gold on the Ceiling." The inclusion of "Chop and Change," a garage-noir outtake from Brothers that ended up on the Twilight soundtrack, Eclipse, proved they have plenty of that adventure to go around.

For this show, arguably a preview of the band's 2012 U.S. arena tour, the Black Keys flipped the script of their Brothers live act. Instead of opening and closing as a duo, Auerbach and Carney spent most of the night working with their expanded lineup - Wood and bassist Gus Seyffert - and slimming down to a duo for a mini-set in the middle. In either format, the Keys still rely on simple knockout dynamics: Auerbach's spidery guitar intro (a la Keith Richards in the Rolling Stones' "Stray Cat Blues") into the climbing grind of "Girl Is on My Mind" from 2004's Rubber Factory; the primary drive of Carney's kick drum in the crunch and surge of El Camino's "Dead and Gone." -[Rolling Stone]

What did you think?

If you missed them, make sure and catch The Black Keys at the slightly larger Madison Square Garden on March 12th as part of their US tour with Arctic Monkeys. Tickets are currently on AMEX presale and go on regular sale Friday.

More pictures from Webster Hall and the setlist below...

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THE BLACK KEYS at WEBSTER HALL 12/6/11 SETLIST
Howlin' For You
Chop and Change
Sister
Dead and Gone
Everlasting Light
Gold on the Ceiling
Thickfreakness
Girl Is On My Mind
I'll Be Your Man
Your Touch
Next Girl
Run Right Back
Money Maker
Ten Cent Pistol
She's Long Gone
Lonely Boy
Tighten Up
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I Got Mine

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Comments (115)

I wonder how much people paid to get into this show.....

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 5:55 PM

That's a terrible setlist.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 5:55 PM

A "celebration"?

It was horrible

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 5:55 PM

Show was absolutely epic! The Keys sound better everytime i hear them,

Posted by Jsams | December 6, 2011 5:58 PM

Who gives a fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 5:59 PM

They play the same songs off the first4 albums each show. Mix is up!

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 6:00 PM

Fuck the Black Keys, COUNTDOWN TO PHISH TIME BITCHES!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 6:04 PM

Hipsters sure love their Black Keys
lol ... just lol

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 6:05 PM

Let me guess who we'll be seeing at festivals next year: The Black Keys, M83, Girls, and ........

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 6:30 PM

Music dudn't get inny whiter din dis yo!

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 6:46 PM

when did the guitarist for phish start playing with the black keys?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 7:07 PM

overrated band. who fucking cares

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 7:16 PM

People obsessed with obtaining setlists are the fucking WORST. How can anyone enjoy a show if you're preoccupied with getting the sacred (and EASILY counterfeited, if sellin is your game) setlist!?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 7:21 PM

watched about 10 minutes and wasn't impressed - saw them open for Radiohead at MSG theater in 2006 and wasn't impressed then either

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 7:48 PM

@7:48 we chose them for the lolz

Posted by Radiohead | December 6, 2011 8:17 PM

that photo of the guy (wearing mascara) and gal (purple and blue stripes) in balcony is very hip

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 8:23 PM

They are so boring after a 1/2 hour, I've left 2 of their shows. Same thing over and over. They are cute tho.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 8:45 PM

The singer chick looks like the singer dude for heartless bastards

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 8:53 PM

Totally bored after 45 minutes , this is the 3rd black keys show I left.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 8:56 PM

Kings of Leon have officially been replaced

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 9:10 PM

Couldn't pay ME to watch them. Empty music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 9:29 PM

Same Three Chords. This band should retire.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 9:46 PM

Can you even imagine being the kind of clueless dumb ass that likes (or pretends to like) this stupid fucking band?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 9:49 PM

I guess somebody has to play MSG...

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 9:51 PM

Wow these guys have made it judging from the whiny little bitch comments. Poser hate is a good indicator of pop success.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 9:59 PM

made it?? They done made it for years already, jackass

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 10:06 PM

I've walked out of at lease 11 black keys shows now. So boring.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 10:18 PM

you have not you lying piece of shit

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 10:21 PM

I bet 10:18 hasn't even been to one Black Keys show. A typical hipster for you, scum mother fucker liar.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 10:22 PM

Great write up, but I think you need more pictures from the show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 10:25 PM

that's not an el camino, that's a minivan. kind of like this shite - it's not music, it's the sound of cats fucking in the alley.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 10:26 PM

Leave it to fucking hipsters to bash a band where a guy can still actually shred on guitar. With the exception of the metal stuff this site writes about, 90% of the bands talked about on here are untalented musical hacks who use their image to get around the fact they make bland music because their only skill set is choosing loops from Logic and holding out synth pads.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 10:47 PM

^ Right on, you hipster fuck

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 10:55 PM

Want to like these guys but can't. Saw them in Chicago on the last tour and left after two songs. Saw them at Webster last night, and left after four. Maybe they will bring it in the arenas, who knows.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 11:01 PM

This is the fortieth black keys show I walked out on.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 11:06 PM

I've been seeing them about 5 times a tour since 02. I've walked out of every show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 11:07 PM

Walking out of the arena tour is gonna be a bitch with the huge (initial) crowds. I'd almost consider not going.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 11:14 PM

I bought front row tickets on stubhub for $800. Can't wait to walk out of that shit from that far up!

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 11:22 PM

Ha. I know you guys are all joking. But in all seriousness I have gone to see them four times over the last 7 or so years. Did NOT go planning to walk out, but walked out twice, and would have a third except the person I was with wanted to stay. So even though we are joking, there are a lot of people genuinely walking out on this band. I am also interested to see the arena show and how it pans out though.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 11:47 PM

11/23/2002 - maxwells - 4 minutes in
5/14/2003 - mercury - 7 minutes in
10/8/2003 - mercury - 6 minutes in
10/10/2003 - maxwells - 4 minutes in
6/6/2004 - world financial - 11 minutes in
10/3/2004 - Bowery - 2 minutes in
11/10/2005 - Warsaw - 9 minutes
6/13/2006 - msg theatre - 3 minutes
6/14/2006 - msg theatre - 12 minutes in
11/3/2006 - nokia - 1 minute in
5/15/2008 - terminal 5 - 13 minutes in
8/7/2008 - mccarren - 11 minutes in
8/8/2008 - apw - 4 minutes in
2/6/2009 - terminal 5 - 3 minutes in
2/7/2009 - terminal 5 - 9 minutes in
2/8/2009 - welmont - 1 minute in
7/31/2009 - apw fest - 14 minutes in
5/20/2010 - msg - 11 minutes in
7/27/2010 - central park - 18 minutes in
7/28/2010 - terminal 5 - 4 minutes in
12/5/2011 - Webster hall - 12 minutes in

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 11:47 PM

Last time I went to a Black Keys show I simply walked past the theater and continued to Mamoun's.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 11:53 PM

Why the fuck would you keep going then? Do you keep buying the same shitty sandwich thinking you'll like it sometime, too?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 11:53 PM

11:53, that was just my experience. If you read carefully you will see I did not leave early every time -- only 2 of 4 (and wanted to read a 3rd). Not a huge fan of the albums but everyone says it's a good live show and want to see if I am missing something.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 11:55 PM

So you were just trying to be cool. Got it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 11:57 PM

I just like music, dude -- not about being cool. Chill. Looking forward to the arena show to see if they bring it. Def not planning on leaving early but we will see how it goes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2011 11:59 PM

Go see THE DIRTBOMBS for free..now that's some talent...

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 1:35 AM

I wish I gave a fuck about this copy cat act...

Posted by cracker jack | December 7, 2011 2:13 AM

This comment thread is hilarious.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 3:59 AM

I saw the Black Keys at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore. My critique? Well I walked out after the third song so I can't really say.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 4:07 AM

Dude, I come from a long line of concert walk-out-ers. My dad followed the dead on whole tours and would just walk the fuck out 2 minutes in! My grandfather walked out on Sinatra so many times it's fucking bananas!

I was born to buy concert tickets and walk out! Black Keys? Pffft...I walk out EVERY TIME...Front row, stare em down....walk the fuck out.

Saw em in Akron in my friends basement. Walked out.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 4:07 AM

My baptism? Crawled the fuck out.
First day of school? Walked the fuck out.
First date? Walked the fuck out.
SATs? Walked the fuck out.
College graduation? Walked the fuck out.
Job Interviews? Walked the fuck out.
Wedding? Walked the fuck out.
Birth of my child? Walked the fuck out.
Fancy dinner for 15th anniversary? Walked the fuck out.
Parents' funerals? Walked the fuck out.
This thread? Walking the fuck out.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 5:50 AM

Nothing good comes out of Akron

If something good enters Akron, it will leave in poor condition

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 7:08 AM

top thread of 2011, congrats to the d00shbag who walks out of the same show twice and brags about-oh and cant forget about the 3rd time u wanted to but didnt. What a fuking a$$ clown....

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 7:25 AM

Applauds' 5:50am

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 7:27 AM

7:08 - Devo came from Akron. Devo is killer diller.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 7:51 AM

The true reason for all of these walk outs is because The Black Keys never supply enough hummus. It's gone within minutes, forcing us billy-burger eatin' fools to leave early and get our fix.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 7:54 AM

Devo is dope...also Pretenders are out of Akron so is Lebron....pffft

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 8:00 AM

Rumblings of a Rocket from The Crypt Reunion, which is a lot more exciting...

Posted by Anormonast | December 7, 2011 9:02 AM

Only some spoiled hipsters have the money to continue buying tickets to shows and then leaving after five songs. Pathetic. Don't go then but you are so enamored with the idea of being part of something cool and not missing out on anything that has a chance to be cool. Therefore, you continue to go even though you don't want to. Its pathetic.

The only show I walked out on was Dropkick Murphys at Roseland a few years back. One because the sound system was cracking it was so loud and distorted and two, because a bunch of drunk wanna-be hooligans that have been listening to them for six months were spilling beer all over the place and acting like asses.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 9:27 AM

9:27 you just described every Dropkick Murphys show ever.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 9:58 AM

the guy who talks about going to shows to see whats up, only to walk out, is literally an idiot. my mind reels thinking about the thousands of dollars he has wasted, and the countless people who could've had his tickets in his place.

maybe one time is forgivable, but dude is a repeat offender and should be flogged in public.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 10:03 AM

I rarely walk out on shows, but when I do it is on The Black Keys.

Stay thirsty, my friends.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 10:26 AM

I haven't walked out on the Black Keys in years, but that Webster show was terrible. So happy I left after the 2nd song.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 10:52 AM

I walked out on the Terminal 5 show, scalped a ticket on the sidewalk, went back in, and then walked out again.

Posted by Anon | December 7, 2011 10:54 AM

this site is truly rife with fucking idiots, my god.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 10:57 AM

@5:50 for the win!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 11:03 AM

nah, 10:26 FTW!!!
nice

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 11:25 AM

i feel 4:07 wins over 5:50.

I was also at the 2006 show they opened for radiohead. I didnt know who they were and still dont.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 11:33 AM

I like 10:54.

My aunt saw the Beatles at Shea Stadium and walked out. I think that was #1 on VH1's 50 Greatest Concert Walk-outs.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 12:12 PM

My Great, Great , Great, Great, Great Grandfather walked out of a Motzart gig. He said the acoustic sucked and the setlist was lame. He was tired of him trying to promote his new album. He also said the sightlines were terrible and the line for the bathroom was nuts!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 12:30 PM

#oocupyclownshitwalkout

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 12:30 PM

The Black Keys show was so lame I walked out during the opener!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 12:35 PM

^Yeah I hear you I walked out when the roadies were loading in for the show from the street!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 12:37 PM

I walked out of the Black Keys show weeks before when I walked out of the M83 show at Webster Hall.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 12:42 PM

When I was born, the first thing I did (after enjoying an Olde English 40 and a couple Kools) was to walk out of a Black Keys show at Electric Ballroom in Detroit. They even suck in Detroit.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 12:43 PM

I walked out when the guy who invented the guitar plucked his first string...that was boring yo!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 1:16 PM

Do you know what place I never walk out of?
-Mamouns. I sit there for hours at a time!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 1:28 PM

I want to pretend my job is a Black Keys show and walk out

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 1:34 PM

Hahaha this is funny, I like this meme, let me give it a go.

This show was so bad, I walked out.

BAHAHAH!!!! Hilarious!!! I love this.

*cricket*

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 1:37 PM

I still can't get over this idiot who continues to go see the Black Keys multiple times and then walks out. What a total suck-dick loser...

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 1:47 PM

^ as opposed to you, a troll content to call other people names? How you living, Holmes?!?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 2:10 PM

the funny part really has nothing to do with the humor-compromised-lemmings who keep posting about walking out, but those few dolts who still seem to be taking them seriously

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 2:25 PM

^ your comment is like a black keys show. I walked out after the first few words.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 3:31 PM

Like my forefathers I walked out those doors with dignity.

Posted by Valensi | December 7, 2011 3:51 PM

Oh you little smart-alec hipsters...how funny you all are. What's really comical is the fact that you little whiney ass bitches on this forum were never at the Webster Hall show. If you had been, you would be praising the amazing show the Keys put on. Hats off to Dan & Pat. Fuck off to you haters.

Posted by Muthaload | December 7, 2011 4:55 PM

2:10,

I'm the "troll" in question and I'm living pretty well. Plus, if I see a band live and they suck, I don't go see them again and again. Thus, I'm not a total suck-dick loser (man, I love that phrase) like that other dude.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 5:10 PM

hahaha yea the dude who walked out multiple times and continued to buy tickets is a loser, an idiot, a fool, a bastard, a poser, and a piece of shitttttt

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 5:36 PM

I walked out on 4:55's comment also.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 5:40 PM

Is that Heather Graham in the picture with the nancy boy?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 5:47 PM

I wish that they took a picture of me at the show. But I walked out before the camera was invented.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 6:00 PM

I was at a show at terminal 5 last week when this show was announced, and I walked out then.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 6:42 PM

you mother fuckers with your pull outs are making me laugh too hard. Either way it was a great show and Dan and Patrick told me to say FUCK ALL YOU HIPSTERS AND DIE, come again.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 6:50 PM

Dude, we're making fun of some clown who walked out of 2 of 4 BK shows and he's still going to MSG. It has nothing to do with the actual band, just this ridiculous human being who apparently has the worst sense of rationality possible.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 7:02 PM

The guy must be a trust fund baby as he or she but more then likely a dick sucker he, is able to afford to go to so many shows.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 7:08 PM

One time I started to walk out of a Black Keys show, but then halfway out I walked out on the idea of walking out of the show. So I turned around and watched the rest of the show. It was a reverse walk-out. Does that even make sense? No. Well, if you don't like it there's the door. Walk the fuck out.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 7:27 PM

One time I walked out on your mom.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 7:33 PM

The last show for me I actually jogged out.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 8:39 PM

I saw them play tonight in CA, I moonwalked out

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 8:52 PM

I went to the Webster Hall show, after about 20 or 25 songs I just achy breaky heart out the door.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 8:53 PM

I saw them play in a space station, and I floated out.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 9:39 PM

7:33 and 9:39 FTW

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2011 9:57 PM

wickedy woo!

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2011 12:28 AM

I'm not a hipster and I love this band. Definitely liked the early stuff more than the last couple albums but still think they sound good. Hipsters fucking suck, they're so desperate to not fit in that they'll shit on anything they like once it gets recognition. Hipsters are actually becoming the norm so go fuck yourselves, your plan backfired you posers.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2011 7:43 AM

I'm not a hipster and I think that they blow Rhesus monkey dick. Actually, I would have thought that of them had I not walked out while the techs were pulling the equipment truck up to the stage door.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2011 8:11 AM

Black Lips -> Black keys

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2011 3:15 PM

I can't give props to a band that urinates in each others mouths for lame shock value.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2011 5:35 PM

I went to the show at Webster Hall on Monday night and I tried walking out but I couldn't find the exit. I still can't find my way out. Can somebody help me? Anyone? Hello? I want to get out!

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2011 9:54 PM

I once tried walking out of a Ted Nugent show. Almost got to the door when a spotlight hit me, followed by loud taunting from the stage. I had to get up there and trade licks with Ted during Stranglehold.

Now, THAT is what midwest rock and roll is supposed to be about.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2011 9:59 PM

... and just like a black keys concert... this thread has been walked out on...

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 5:51 AM

This is what it's all about people. I saw the Black Keys open up for Bobby Bare Jr. at The Abbey Pub in Chicago in 2003 and I had a feeling they were going places. They deserve all of their success, they've been slogging it out on the road a looong time!!

Posted by Chris | December 9, 2011 11:22 AM

If you are posting to sh1ll your piece-of-shit-website, your opinions don't count.

Yeah I mean you 11:22

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 11:32 AM

hahaaaaahahaaa! This is just so damn funnY:

4:07am
"Dude, I come from a long line of concert walk-out-ers. My dad followed the dead on whole tours and would just walk the fuck out 2 minutes in! My grandfather walked out on Sinatra so many times it's fucking bananas!
I was born to buy concert tickets and walk out! Black Keys? Pffft...I walk out EVERY TIME...Front row, stare em down....walk the fuck out.
Saw em in Akron in my friends basement. Walked out."

this fucking kills me :)

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 10:53 PM

this is really no joke, this thread slayed me so hard i had to walk out of the room

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2011 12:39 PM

the black keys are one of my favorite bands right now.

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