Earlier this week, The Black Keys Instagram was infiltrated by comedian David Cross and his fictional organization Dads Interested in Choosing our Kids Songs, or D.I.C.K.S for short. The video pleads the viewer to not go see The Black Keys on their “Dropout Boogie” tour which kicked off last night (July 9) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with Band of Horses opening. Despite Cross’ best efforts, the tour set off as scheduled and the indie rock duo brought their 2022 album and more to life.
Band of Horses kicked off the night with a down-to-earth set. In support of their latest album, Things Are Great, the five-piece brought their brand of relaxed indie rock to the stage. Performing an acoustic version of their song “St. Augustine” along with hits like “The Funeral”.
The Black Keys consist of Dan Auerbach on guitar and vocals and Patrick Carney on drums and the touring band features the Gabbard Brothers (Andy and Zach) along with multiinstrumentalist Chris St. Hilaire. Their latest album, Dropout Boogie, is a melting pot of the band’s influences. They add dashes of psychedelic music and blues to their signature, simplistic sound to create a kaleidoscope of an album.
They kicked off their tour in support of Dropout Boogie in Sin City last night and their setlist is a sight to see. The duo touched on all their hits, including 2011’s “Lonely Boy”, which closed the show, and 2010’s “Howlin’ for You”. The Black Keys also performed a plethora of covers, which seems to be a trend in their sets dating back to last year. They put their own spin on deep cuts like “Goin’ Down South” by R.L. Burnside and “Have Love, Will Travel” by Richard Berry.
The Dropout Boogie Tour is set to take Auerbach and Carney across the United States, touching down in cities like Charlotte, Cincinnati, and Huntsville before wrapping up in October with a string of dates across Texas.
Check out the full setlist, tour dates, and footage from last night’s show below: