live music: THE BLACK KEYS x MADISON SQUARE GARDEN x 3.12.12

The Black Keys at Madison Square Garden. Photo by Joe Russo.

Madison Square Garden, NYC 3.12.12The Black Keys have been a band I’ve had on my radar for the last few years. I love the rawness of the music. I love the fact that for the most part, the sound comes from just 2 musicians. On this tour, in support of their lastest album entitled “El Camino”, they had a few backing musicians tucked away on the stage.

The Black Keys at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Photos by Joe Russo.

The Black Keys at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Photos by Joe Russo.

The Black Keys at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Photos by Joe Russo.

As I was being escorted into the venue, I see photographer Danny Clinch and say hello. We’ve met/spoken in the past. Very nice guy who does some amazing work. The photographers are led in to the Garden and we’re coralled off to the side. The band has told us we will not be shooting the first 3 songs as usual but songs 2-4. Ok, I’ll play along.

The Black Keys at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Photos by Joe Russo.

The Black Keys at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Photos by Joe Russo.

The Black Keys at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Photos by Joe Russo.

The band came out on stage to a Wu-Tang Clan song and just jumped right in to the first tune “Howlin’ For You”. After this song ends, we’re escorted into the tiniest photo pit I think I’ve ever been in. There was barely enough room to stand on your own, much less if you had to squeeze through/around one of the other 7 photographers [plus security] that were in there. It was a tight squeeze for sure. The lights were good for the most part. I wish I was able to stay for the whole show. They didn’t give us any tickets so essentially we were escorted out after song 4.

The Black Keys at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Photos by Joe Russo.

The Black Keys at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Photos by Joe Russo.

The Black Keys at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Photos by Joe Russo.

The Black Keys at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Photos by Joe Russo.

The Black Keys at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Photos by Joe Russo.

The Black Keys at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Photos by Joe Russo.

Setlist:
Howlin’ for You
Next Girl
Run Right Back
Same Old Thing
Dead and Gone
Gold on the Ceiling
Thickfreakness
Girl Is On My Mind
I’ll Be Your Man
Your Touch
Little Black Submarines
Money Maker
Strange Times
Chop and Change
Nova Baby
Ten Cent Pistol
Tighten Up
Lonely Boy

Encore:
Everlasting Light
She’s Long Gone
I Got Mine

The Black Keys at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Photos by Joe Russo.

The Black Keys at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Photos by Joe Russo.

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