For the latest issue of Rolling Stone, Patrick Doyle flew to Cleveland to catch the Black Keys open their new arena tour. "The 90-minute set proves how comfortable the Keys have become as an arena-rock act, blending the raw power of their early albums with breakthrough singalongs like 'Howlin' for You.'" he wrote. "The stage setup is the Keys' biggest ever: 17 LED screens playing low-res videos and psychedelic images, a 16-foot 'hypno-wheel' that appears for the encore ('Turn Blue'), and vintage crate lights that give things a Seventies arena feel." Here, see how this unusual stage setup came together in a gallery of photos documenting the day-long assembly process and the roaring show that ended the evening.
Dan Auerbach's guitar rack, pre-show.
Members of the crew assemble a barricade to keep fans back from the stage and photographers secure in the pit.
A test of the psychedelic graphics that will later appear behind the band.
The crew checks mic and instrument levels.
A few notes make sure everything goes according to plan.
The Black Keys' signature logo kick drum.
The arena pre-show, oddly empty and oddly quiet.
Jared Champion, the drummer for Keys opener Cage the Elephant.
Carney and Auerbach pick the night's set list.
A few last-minute adjustments.
Single-file, the band approaches the stage. It's now showtime.
Success! Those barricades erected earlier keep the fans back.
That's more like it: The arena is now filled with noise and fans.