Awesome Drum Set // Photo Credit: nightlife.ca

On March 13, the crowd in the Bell Center was screaming: no, the Montreal Canadians weren’t the one they were cheering for, but they were hysteric for the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney.

The show’s first part was covered by the Arctic Monkeys. People were applauding politely and enjoyed their music while sitting in the back of their seats. They performed many songs appreciated from their fans and said a couple of French words to make the crowd goes “wouhou”. 

After an hour, they thanked the crowd and left the stage to let the group everybody was waiting for perform. When the Black Keys got on stage, everyone jumped out of their seat to put their hands in the air, making the sign of the horns.

Throughout the show, they performed songs mostly from their album Brothers and their new album El Camino. The huge screens behind them projected blurry videos of roads and cars, but also live projections of them, performing. The lights set the mood of the songs they were playing, making the show even more awesome. During “Little Black Submarines”, which has the same style as Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”, people got their lighters out and the flames danced in the crowd. Wow.

At the end, they performed their two most popular songs named “Tighten Up” from Brothers, and “Lonely Boy” from El Camino. After leaving the stage, the fans couldn’t get enough. For five straight minutes, people screamed, whistled, and even started to sing “Olé! Olé! Olé!” so the group would return on stage.

Suddenly, a humongous disco ball was slowly dropped on stage. The Black Keys came back, got ready, and then, silence… Everybody stopped breathing, as if they were at the top of a rollercoaster before the big plunge. Unexpectedly, they started playing “Everlasting Light” from Brothers, and the Bell Center was illuminated by the disco ball’s lights. It was a-ma-zing. They performed two other songs, and said farewell to Montreal.

Overall, the show was incredible. It was so awesome that I decided to buy myself a “The Black Keys” t-shirt that everybody was wearing. I just loved their performance, and you know what? They are coming back for Osheaga 2012. Oh yes.

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