By Gabe Delaney
Saturday, February 10th
The Vogue Theatre
VANCOUVER – Looking like they stepped out of a time machine to the 60’s, Shannon and the Clams opened to a stiff crowd. Their melodic and quirky sound, got the crowd bobbing and screaming, “We love you!” in between the short song breaks. Drummer Nate Mahan was the star of the show with his over the top stage presence, adding edginess to the bands unique image. Fans were overheard saying, “this reminds me of Napoleon Dynamite…” Sure, maybe if Napoleon Dynamite could rock and roll. Keeping the show short and sweet, Shannon and the Clams wrapped it up modestly and made way for the lead act Dan Auerbach and the Easy Eye Sound Revue.
Auerbach performed the first show on his new tour to a packed crowd of all ages. “Malibu Man” and “Cherrybomb” were crowd favourites, especially when guitarist Russ Paul and Auerbach would start a duel with their timeless guitar riffs. Auerbach’s show was a technical masterpiece with effortless guitar changes, highlighting the musical talent of the Easy Eye Sound Revue but also providing an electrifying show for the audience.
The highlight of the night was when Auerbach brought vocalist Robert Finley to the stage, whose performance stole the show, shaking his hips making the crowd explode. In Auerbach’s own words “He’s the greatest living soul singer as far as I’m concerned.”
The Black Keys front man, proved why he’s a living legend, performing a timeless country-rock influenced set with confidence that could not be matched. He may not have been playing his signature stripped down blues riffs, but he still had the crowd dancing all night.Dan Auerbach, The Vogue Theatre