This month, ZZ Top's blues-rock godfather, Billy Gibbons, and the Black Keys' garage-rock scion, Dan Auerbach, sit down for a talk about the long history of the blues and its enduring power in the 21st century. They also discuss their love of talking-blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins.
Even though the Afghan Whigs reunion was a dream come true for those who didn’t get a chance to see the band before their 2001 dissolution, it wasn’t even the biggest hatchet buried that day. Heavy metal godfathers Black Sabbath also reunited for their first stateside show in seven years, a nostalgic 95-minute set that was hopefully not their final farewell (guitarist Tony Iommi is currently battling cancer).
Here are two more pro-shot videos from this past weekend's Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago. This time it's The Black Keys performing "Howlin' for You," a track off 2010's Brothers album, and "Little Black Submarines," from 2011's El Camino, last Friday, August 3.
Remember the early part of the 2000s? The time when every critic and their brother was saying this was going to be the "Age of Garage Rock?" Artists like the Strokes, the Vines, the Hives, the White Stripes (plus the rest of Detroit) and the Black Keys were all breaking onto the scene, leading many to proclaim we had entered into a golden era in raw riffage.
His Nashville studio is full of sweet vintage gear, but Dan Auerbach isn't just a retro-obsessed guitar hound. The Black Keys guitarist gets his motor running for an in-depth discussion about his group's latest album, El Camino.