On their first arena tour, and the first night of that tour, The Black Keys rocked the paint off the walls at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati. They had fans engaged from the beginning of their set with their heavy, melodic blues-rock. As a photographer, this was a fun shoot. As a fan, it was one of the best shows I’ve seen.
With shooting trends leaning more and more toward soundboard shoots, it was nice to be able to shoot a great band from the front of the stage. Dan and Patrick are a pleasure to shoot. They put a lot of emotion and attitude into their music which made for some great shots. The lighting wasn’t anything too crazy. Aside from a quick wash of red at the end of the 3rd song, the lighting was great. Photogs were in the pit for songs 2 through 4, which provided a variety of sounds and lighting.