"It’s not in my contract to come and speak to you at after the bands have played, but I think you’ll agree with me what is so great about these two is they just don’t know how good they are.”
(John Peel, Old Corn Market, Brighton, 28 October 2003)

The Black Keys - Have Love, Will Travel

The Black Keys - Have Love, Will Travel

Have Love, Will Travel

The Black Keys are an American rock duo consisting of vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney. The band was formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. As of October 2011, the band has sold over 2 million albums in the U.S. … (Read more at Wikipedia)

Links to Peel

Peel was an early supporter of the Black Keys, playing their first three albums often during the last two years of his shows. In 2003, the band recorded two sessions, including one from Peel Acres, and also performed a live set in Brighton that was broadcast on the show. Introducing them at the event, JP recalled their earlier visit to his home:

"They seemed we thought a little reserved, you know. But afterwards, when they’d finished and we’d finished and the wine started flowing, we got into one of those things – that kind of, 'Hey, but have you heard the b-side?', that kind of stuff, and 'Oh, there’s a track on the LP' – and frankly we wished they’d stayed all week."

On his 24 December 2003 show, after playing their debut Festive Fifty entry, Peel mentioned that he had sent the band Christmas cards. The following year, the Black Keys were traveling to record a further Peel session when they heard of the DJ’s death.[1]

During the band's set on the John Peel Stage at the 2010 Glastonbury Festival, Auerbach paid tribute to the DJ, telling the crowd:

We never had anybody like John Peel in the States. You people are really lucky.[2]

Festive Fifty Entries


Two sessions and one further live appearance at the Corn Exchange, Brighton.

1. Recorded: 2003-04-20. First broadcast 07 May 2003. Repeated: 09 October 2003

  • John Peel Jingle / Set You Free / Hard Row / No Trust / The Moan

2. Recorded: 2003-07-31 live at Peel Acres. First broadcast: 31 July 2003.

  • Thickfreakness / I Cry Alone / Have Love Will Travel / No Fun / Them Eyes / Busted


  1. Thick Freakness
  2. Busted
  3. Yearnin'
  4. The Breaks
  5. Have Love Will Travel
  6. No Trust
  7. Heavy Soul

Other Shows Played



  1. Guardian interview, 1 Dec. 2011

External Links