The Black Keys gave a rollicking performance earlier today for the penultimate slot of this year’s Glastonbury Festival Pyramid Stage lineup.
The band are currently busy touring their eighth studio album ‘Turn Blue’, but with such a huge back catalogue to draw from, it was always guaranteed to be a hit-packed set.
The band rattled through an early volley of big hits, including singles ‘Lonely Boy’, ‘Tighten Up’ and ‘Gold On The Ceiling’.
Headliners Kasabian recently claimed that The Black Keys’ “trad rock” would provide a welcome contrast to their “future rock’n’roll”. They weren’t wrong, it’s fair to say – their crowd was sizeable, and spent the entire set bouncing.
Their set included ‘Howlin’ For You’, recently used as part of an hour long Diplo mix created for this year’s World Cup.
Hopefully the band managed to avoid bumping in to Jack White backstage: White played the same slot the night before and recently issued an apology for comments he had made about Auerbach and Carney.
New album ‘Turn Blue’ seemed strangely under-represented, with only ‘It’s Up To You Now’, ‘Gotta Get Away’ and lead single ‘Fever’ making the 16-song setlist, the band preferring a career-spanning set that kept the large crowd enthralled.
“There’s so many of you out there, it’s a little bit overwhelming,” said Auerbach as he introduced ‘Strange Times’. Shortly after that, the band ramped things up with a closing run of hits including ‘Tighten Up’, ‘Fever’, ‘Lonely Boy’ and the closing ‘Little Black Submarines’.