Black Keys' Patrick Carney to fill in for John Adams on drum at Cleveland home opener

Dan Kadar, Akron Beacon Journal
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Despite what is happening on the field, there has been a consistent, rhythmic sound at Cleveland baseball games since 1973.

That's thanks to John Adams pounding away at his bass drum in the bleachers. That's on pause for now because Adams, 69, is recovering from offseason heart surgery.

But the rhythm won't stop.

Sitting in for Adams for Cleveland's home opener on Monday will be Black Keys drummer, and Akron native, Patrick Carney.

“When I found out that John Adams wouldn’t be able to make Opening Day in Cleveland for the first time in almost fifty years, I reached out to the team,” Carney said in a Friday news release. “I share John’s love of baseball and the Cleveland Indians franchise and drumming for him during the home opener when he can’t physically be there feels like a meaningful way to show John the love and respect he deserves. I want to be there for John.”

Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney (left) joined John Adams in the bleachers at a Cleveland baseball game in 2019 to beat the drums. Carney will fill in for Adams for the team's home opener on Monday.
Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney (left) joined John Adams in the bleachers at a Cleveland baseball game in 2019 to beat the drums. Carney will fill in for Adams for the team's home opener on Monday.

A lifelong Cleveland baseball fan, this is not Carney's first time taking up the mallets in the bleachers.

In 2019, Carney joined Adams on the drum in a game against the Chicago White Sox.

Maybe on Monday, since he's playing solo this time, Carney can pound out a few beats from “Lonely Boy” or “Howlin for You.”

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