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Friday, September 17, 2010

Black Keys Pay Tribute to the Guy Who Named Them

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Supporters of the arts Auerbach and Carney
  • Supporters of the arts Auerbach and Carney

The Black Keys are paying tribute to the man who named them with the Black Keys Alfred McMoore Memorial Endowment Fund.

The fund is set up in honor of Akron artist McMoore, who used the words "black key" so damn much, his pals Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney decided to call their band that. (We heard they were all set to call themselves Cute Fuzzy Ice Cream Squirrels before McMoore stepped in, but we could be wrong.)

The Akron mental-health agency Community Support Services set up the fund a few months ago with the cash raised by the Keys last November, when they played a benefit show in their hometown of Akron to raise money for the project. They raised more than $20,000.

McMoore — who died at the age of 59 a year ago — had schizophrenia. According to the foundation, the fund "will be grown over time to permanently support the services that helped McMoore live an active and independent life."

This means that other local artists suffering from bi-polar disorder, major depression, and personality disorders can find some relief through their art, whether it's painting, sculpture, or sloppy, blues-fueled, two-man garage-rock noise. —Michael Gallucci

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