By Dan Gelston
NEW YORK: Forget Peyton Manning barking “Omaha!” The Black Keys were busy howling for a Super Bowl weekend show.
The Akron-based band tore through a 90-minute set of their greatest hits Friday night at New York’s packed Roseland Ballroom as one of the headliners of a jam-packed weekend full of A-list concerts.
The Black Keys cranked out hit after hit off “El Camino” and “Brothers,” two of the albums that stuck them on the rock music map and onto the charts as one of the most popular bands of the last five years.
Let Bruno Mars have the Super Bowl. The Black Keys owned New York City.
Dan Auerbach didn’t talk to the audience — nor did he need to. Dressed in only a white T-shirt and jeans, Auerbach hit all the right notes and had a packed crowd going wild with each of their biggest songs.
In a weekend stuffed with marquee events — from the Super Bowl to a UFC card to a Times Square football extravaganza that blows away any routine parking lot tailgate — The Black Keys went deep. With their catalog and for their audience.
The band knocked out “Howlin’ For You,” ‘’Run Right Back,” ‘’Gold on the Ceiling,” and “Little Black Submarines.”
Patrick Carney was a stud on drums and pounded away all night to the rhythmic favorites that had fans singing along with every song.
The show was a perk for Citi Cardholders, and The Black Keys were just one of several bands to headline shows in the area leading up to Sunday’s Super Bowl that pits the Denver Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks.
The early line stretched around the corner and toward Dave Letterman’s studio.
The only top 10 list on this night was figuring out which of the Black Keys’ songs would make the cut.