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PHOTOS: The Black Keys Bring Dropout Boogie Tour to Charlotte

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys performs at PNC Music Pavilion on Wednesday night
Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys performs at PNC Music Pavilion on Wednesday night. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
The Black Keys brought their Dropout Boogie Tour to Charlotte’s PNC Music Pavilion on Wednesday night. As good as all three bands on the bill were, I’d be wrong if I didn’t say that one of the most entertaining parts of the show was a short intro video from comedian David Cross that told everyone The Black Keys had satanic lyrics, as he acted out his faux outrage and pleaded with people not to listen to the band’s music.
The Black Keys perform on stage in the spotlight while two members of the backing band play guitar in the background
The Black Keys perform with a backing band. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
The Black Keys sounded as good as ever as singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach slayed his blues riffs and drummer Patrick Carney kept the beats tight. While there are a few backing band members these days, as has been the case during live shows for many years now, the duo remains front and center. 
The Keys were preceded by Band of Horses, who found a bit of a heavier approach to many of their songs, especially set opener “Is There a Ghost.” Ceramic Animal, whose debut album was produced by Auerbach, opened the show with a few good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll songs. 
Band of Horses onstage
Band of Horses performed in front of The Black Keys on Wednesday. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Be sure to check out Queen City Nerve’s Soundwave, Charlotte’s most comprehensive live music listing, so you don’t miss out on any shows or concerts coming up. And hell, if you’re looking for something else to do, you can check out our events page as well, which runs the gamut of things to do in Charlotte. You don’t ever have to be bored again. You can check out more of Jeff’s pics and live reviews here.

The Black Keys setlist
I Got Mine
Howlin’ for You
Tighten Up
Your Touch
It Ain′t Over
Gold on the Ceiling
Stay All Night
Coal Black Mattie
Goin’ Down South
Do the Rump
Crawlin’ Kingsnake
Have Love, Will Travel
Everlasting Light
Next Girl
Ten Cent Pistol
Your Team Is Looking Good
Wild Child
She’s Long Gone

Patrick Carney of The Black Keys performs
Patrick Carney of The Black Keys performs at PNC on Wednesday night. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
Little Black Submarines
Lonely BoyBand of Horses setlist
Is There a Ghost
The Great Salt Lake
No One’s Gonna Love You
Islands on the Coast
NW Apt.
The Funeral
The General SpecificCeramic Animal setlist

Dreams Via Memories
I Can’t Wait
All My Loving

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