Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesThe Black Keys‘ Patrick Carney will be stepping up to the metaphorical plate when the Cleveland Indians step up to the literal plate during their home opener on Monday, April 5.
The drummer had been tapped to fill in for John Adams, a beloved Cleveland fan who’s known for playing the drums in the stands during home games. According to Cleveland.com, Adams has attended every Indians home opener for the last 48 years, but won’t be able to come to Monday’s game due to health issues.
In a statement obtained by Cleveland.com, Carney, who hails from nearby Akron, Ohio, says he reached out to the Indians after learning Adams wouldn’t be able to attend.
“I share John’s love of baseball and the Cleveland Indians franchise,” Carney says. “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.”
Carney will trade the ballpark for a boxing ring when The Black Keys perform during the 2021 Triller Fight Club concert event, which takes place April 17.
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