Black Keys @ Verizon Center

WASHINGTON, DC - March 9th, 2012 -  Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys performs during a sold out show at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.  The duo's seventh studio album, El Camino, was released last December and debuted at number 2 of the Billboard 200. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

I don’t think I’m the only person around here that was surprised when the Black Keys announced a date at the Verizon Center and I know I wasn’t the only one equally surprised when the band went and sold out the gig. I’m not much of a fan, but good for them. There’s a desperate need for arena ready rock bands in the current generation of bands. We can’t rely on Green Day, the Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers to headline all the big festivals every year.

WASHINGTON, DC - March 9th, 2012 -  Patrick Carney of The Black Keys performs during a sold out show at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.  The duo's seventh studio album, El Camino, was released last December and debuted at number 2 of the Billboard 200. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

WASHINGTON, DC - March 9th, 2012 -  Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys performs during a sold out show at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.  The duo's seventh studio album, El Camino, was released last December and debuted at number 2 of the Billboard 200. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

So I was definitely intrigued to see if Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney would change up their show for a headlining set in the Verizon Center. But other than the addition of two backup musicians who were pretty much hidden by the back of the stage, nothing changed. I’ve shot the Keys five times over the last four years and they look virtually the same in all the photos. Obviously, people don’t come for the show, they come for the music.

WASHINGTON, DC - March 9th, 2012 -  Patrick Carney of The Black Keys performs during a sold out show at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.  The duo's seventh studio album, El Camino, was released last December and debuted at number 2 of the Billboard 200. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

WASHINGTON, DC - March 9th, 2012 -  Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys performs during a sold out show at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.  The duo's seventh studio album, El Camino, was released last December and debuted at number 2 of the Billboard 200. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

Lighting at this gig was actually worse than the show they played at DAR last year. The band also filled the stage with monitors and other gear so clean sight lines were hard to come by. Dan and Patrick didn’t interact much with each other, so getting the both of them in the same frame was also challenging.

WASHINGTON, DC - March 9th, 2012 -  The Black Keys performs during a sold out show at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.  The duo's seventh studio album, El Camino, was released last December and debuted at number 2 of the Billboard 200. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

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Black Keys @ Verizon Center – Images by Kyle Gustafson

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