Fire Alarms, Attack and Release, and The Black Keys at the Madison- Oh My!

The Black Keys
Madison Theater
Covington, Kentucky
October 10, 2008

The Black Keys came to Covington, Kentucky’s Madison Theater on October 10 with a new album, Attack and Release, and some weird vibes that helped to make a great concert. 

Following an abrupt version of "Thickfreakness," the overly packed theater was emptied out when the fire marshal was called in to temporarily stop the show. After a nearly half hour delay, the fans returned to their seats, and the Keys again took the stage. Lead singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach commented on the brief break, saying, "Well at least you won’t forget this. We certainly won’t forget it." Then the Black Keys launched into a truly spacey, blues ridden set that focused on the new album.

Delivering the opening lines from "Same Old Thing," Auerbach seemed in a trance as he riffed into the same echoing guitar line repeatedly. Powering through the brutal chord progression of "Strange Times," Auerbach had the floor’s denizens hypnotized, and many bobbing heads were seen close to the stage. It was perhaps the peak moment in what will be remembered as a strange night.

The Keys then sharpened their reverb and distortion rhythms on the classic track, "Your Touch." The entire theater was in full fledge sway, as the thundering vibrations rocked the house. They closed out the set with the ferocious rave up, "I Got Mine." A thunderous standing ovation capped a truly memorable performance, and the Black Keys lit up the stage on the encore, "Psychotic Girl."

Fire Alarms, guitar and drums frenzy, and Attack and Release nirvana. Who could forget that?