well, lately i have been no stranger in voicing the issues i have with the "2012 Black Keys". i am not the only one.
i guess my MAIN issue are their setlists. this BS "hey lets only play our mainstream hits for all of the newbie fans who have no idea we used to play dirty blues." i know thats obviously not the case, but i am a diehard keys fan. Before i heard the keys,all of my favorite bands were old, defunct, or just didnt have the spark anymore. thickfreakness hit me like a ton of bricks, and every album exponentially after that.
it took me awhile to warm up to brothers and El Camino, but eventually, they grew on me.
they have, 9-10 albums, and INSTEAD of peppering in a few of their goodies, they choose to play not only songs from brothers and el camino, BUT THE EXACT SAME SONGS EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. no. thats not how ya do it.
ive said it before, they have an entire catalog of eargasm inducing songs. throw in some classics. id like to image that the roof would blow off the joint if they opened up with 'when the lights go out', the flame, or threw in something like no trust, grown so ugly, just a little heat, JUST GOT TO BE, remember when side b, elevator, aeroplane blues, SOMETHING.
they dont even play stack shot billy or 10AM automatic anymore. ill be honest, that PISSES ME OFF.
if they would just come out and say, "we dont want to be associated with the blues anymore. we are moving away from our blues past and are moving toward pop music, radio friendly hits, and songs with licensing in mind because to us being musicians is writing throw away lyrics to appeal to casual mainstream teens..." it would give me closure. the ball is in the black keys court as they begin working on their new album.
NOW TO THE REAL POINT.
i was discussing this exact topic with a friend who is also a major keys fan. a major black keys fan who also happens to play the drums-and has for the past 15 years.
believe it or not he totally agrees with me.
and unless you have a solution to something-generally speaking-you are just bitching. I dont want to just be sitting here bitching; so we are gonna do something about it.
the old adage-You want something done right-YOU GOTTA DO IT YOURSELF.
updates will surely follow.
so much soul, I couldn't get much sleep.
-*Black Keys Fan Lounge resident Luthier/guitar GEEK*-