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Garage rock duo The Black Keys book first performance in Israel

The rockers will bring their unique brand of blues rock to Rishon Lezion at the end of a European tour

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The Black Keys duo, singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach (left) and percussionist Patrick Carney will perform in Israel on July 10, 2023 (Courtesy PR)
The Black Keys duo, singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach (left) and percussionist Patrick Carney will perform in Israel on July 10, 2023 (Courtesy PR)

Garage rock duo The Black Keys announced their first-ever show in Israel, on July 10 in Rishon Lezion’s Live Park, at the tail end of their Dropout Boogie tour, which is taking them across Europe.

The July 10 show will feature Israeli singer Ninet Tayeb as a special guest.

The American pair, singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach and percussionist Patrick Carney, have been performing together for the last 22 years. They met as kids when they were neighbors in Akron, Ohio.

They began as an independent act, recording in basements and producing their raw blues rock sound in their first albums.

Their commercial breakthrough came in 2010 with the album “Brothers” and its popular single “Tighten Up,” which won three Grammy Awards and garnered an MTV Breakthrough Video award for its unusual cast, which included Auerbach and Carney’s sons, each of whom bears an uncanny resemblance to his dad.

The setting is a playground, and the kids lip-sync the words about love and loss, crooning to one specific girl, until they end up fighting over her before their dads get involved.

Auerbach told The Guardian in 2011 that he and Carney are polar opposites who grew up a block apart. The two both live in Nashville today.

Auerbach is of Polish-Jewish decent, the son of an antique dealer father and French teacher mother whose great-uncle was a Holocaust camp survivor and grandmother escaped just before the Nazis closed the borders.

“Her entire family was murdered,” said Auerbach in The Guardian interview. “Mum, dad, elder brothers, everyone. She made it to England and learned to speak English. She met my grandpa, who was in the army, and they moved to New Jersey, and eventually reunited with my great-uncle. All those stories were a big part of my growing up. You realize how lucky we are. It certainly makes you work harder.”

Tickets for The Black Keys are on sale at the Eventim ticket site.

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