The Black Keys History
Part of the wave of blues-rock revivalists that emerged throughout the 00s, prolific Ohio duo The Black Keys are widely regarded as one of the best live acts on the alternative scene. Guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney first began jamming together in the neighbourhood of Akron in 1996 but didn’t officially form the group until 2001 when they secured a deal with small indie label Alive with a home-recorded six-song demo. A year later they released their debut album, The Big Come Up, and The Black Keys tickets for their first ever live show at Cleveland’s Beachland Ballroom & Tavern. Voted Time Magazine’s 3rd best album of 2003, sophomore Thickfreakness was promoted with a first festival appearance at SXSW and support slots on Sleater-Kinney and Beck’s North American tours. In an effort to boost their profile, the pair began licensing their music to various commercials, TV shows and video games, whilst following sets at Coachella and Bonnaroo, they released 2004’s Rubber Factory, a live album recorded at Sydney’s The Metro Theatre and a E.P. featuring covers of Junior Kimbrough songs. Their first album composed entirely of original material, Magic Potion, arrived in 2006, whilst The Black Keys tickets then went on sale for their largest ever headline tour. After contributing to the soundtracks of I’m Not There and The Hottest State, the duo recruited an outside producer, Danger Mouse, for the first time on 2008’s commercial breakthrough Attack & Release, a No.14 Billboard hit. Following appearances at a benefit concert for Barack Obama in their hometown and a European tour alongside Neil Finn, the duo concentrated on various side-projects with Auerbach releasing the solo album, Keep It Hid, and Carney forming the indie band, Drummer. The band reconvened in 2009 with Blakroc, a collaborative album with various hip-hop artists, before 2010’s Brothers earned them three Grammy Awards including Best Alternative Music Album, their first US Hot 100 entry with “Tighten Up” and an MTV Video Music Award for Breakthrough Video. 2011’s El Camino consolidated their success, peaking at No.2, spawning the hit single, “Lonely Boy,” and allowing the pair to embark on their first ever arena tour with The Black Keys tickets for their date at Madison Square Garden selling out in just 15 minutes.
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The Black Keys News
3-26-15: The Book of Mormon begins its week-long stay at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary next Tuesday. The musical’s national tour will run through North America until the summer of 2016, ultimately wrapping at Devos Hall in Grand Rapids on June 26, 2016.
12-29-14: The Black Keys currently have nothing scheduled for the New Year in North America after a very successful campaign in 2014 as the rock duo were seen playing live concert shows at some the biggest venues in country.
12-26-14: The Black Keys have not disappointed fans this year as they performed numerous concert this year at some of biggest venues as they will be one most anticipated shows to look forward to in 2015.
12-24-14: The Black Keys are in the big time now. From playing in smaller venues not too long ago, to playing in packed arenas like the Amway Center with a sold out crowd, the duo is proud to give their fans such awesome shows with a spectacle of lights and thousands of people dancing and singing along.
12-22-14: The Black Keys have a sound of old blues, garage rock, and classic rock that is not neither fresh or original, the rock band’s sound has attracted a large, diverse, and an audience who are passionate. The Black Keys recently performed last night at Sprint Center that drew a crowd of over 8,000.
12-19-14: The Black Keys are kicking off a Charity raffle as the winner will receive frontman Dan Auerbach childhood guitar, signed by Auerbach himself and drummer Patrick Carney. The Black Keys will be in action tonight at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. There are 14 tickets left in the secondary market for this event according to TiqIQ.
12-17-14: It’s been a long time since the Black Keys headlined a show in Tampa, FL. The last time was when they performed at a Skipper’s Smokehouse restaurant in front of 800 people. This time the dynamic rock duo returned as bonafide rock stars performing at the Amalia Arena last night. The rock duo will perform another show tonight at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
12-15-14: The Black Keys will be in full swing this week with 6 concert shows in this week alone. They will perform at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida tonight. Fans of the Black Keys will not want to miss what the dynamic rock duo will bring to the stage.
12-12-14: The Black Keys had a great performance at the Phillips Arena last night where an almost sold out crowd showed up. The rock duo continues their run tonight at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.
12-10-14: The Black Keys will headline one of seven new episodes of the Austin City Limits as the long running concert series returns next month on PBS. The rock duo continue their tour run tomorrow with a performance at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
12-9-14: The Black Keys continue their tour run this month with a numerous shows already booked in the coming months as the dynamic duo tour many parts across North America. The rock duo have been nominated for three Grammy’s in rock categories including best rock album in 2014.
12-5-14: The Black Keys continue their tour run this month with a numerous shows already booked in the coming months as the dynamic duo tour many parts across North America. The rock duo’s single “Fever” was recently nominated for best rock song for the next upcoming Grammy Awards early next year.
12-3-14: The Black Keys continue their tour run this month with a numerous shows already booked in the coming months as the dynamic duo tour many parts across North America. The opening show this month is on December 4 when the Black Keys will perform at the Royals Farm Arena in Baltimore, Maryland and their tour will run through the month of March.
12-1-14: The Black Keys continue their tour run this month with a numerous shows already booked as the dynamic duo tour many parts across North America. The opening show this month is on December 4 when the Black Keys will perform at the Royals Farm Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
11-28-14: The Black Keys have touring parts of North America in the past month with great reviews of very good performances thus far. The dynamic rock duo will have multiple upcoming shows in the coming weeks that will certainly not disappoint fans.
11-26-14: The Black Keys rock band have their next show scheduled for December 4 at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Tickets for this event have a current average price of $86.01 in the secondary market with a get in price of $41 as tickets are now down 18% over the past week.
11-10-14: The Black Keys rock band have a concert show scheduled for tonight at the US Airways Center in
Phoenix, Arizona. Tickets for this event have a current average price of $126.32 in the secondary market
with a get in price of $49 as tickets are now up 38% over the past week.
5-20-14: The Black Keys caused a little bit of a stir on Rolling Stone with their expression of their distaste for celeb powerhouse TMZ. Rolling Stone compared the Keys stance to that of Jack White. While the Black Keys & Jack White have not always seen eye to eye, it seems they do share at least one common enemy in the paparazzi.
5-8-14: The Black Keys are making their rounds of the festival scene this summer before heading for some date in Europe and have now announced over 30 Fall/Winter tour dates. The tour starts on September 5th at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio and runs until December 21st at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Special guests for these dates include with Cage The Elephant, Jake Bugg and St. Vincent.
The Black Keys Tour Dates
Sept. 5 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
Sept. 6 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
Sept. 7 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
Sept. 9 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Bradley Center
Sept. 10 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
Sept. 12 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
Sept. 13 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center
Sept. 14 - Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena
Sept. 16 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
Sept. 18 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Sept. 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 21 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
Sept. 24 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
Sept. 25 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
Sept. 27 - Chicago, IL - United Center
Oct. 24 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
Oct. 25 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
Oct. 27 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
Oct. 28 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
Oct. 30 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum
Oct. 31 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
Nov. 1 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
Nov. 9 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl
Nov. 10 - Phoenix, AZ - U.S. Airways Center
Nov. 12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Maverik Center
Nov. 13 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Nov. 15 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
Nov. 16 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Dec. 4 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Arena
Dec. 5 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
Dec. 6 - Richmond, VA - Richmond Coliseum
Dec. 8 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Dec. 9 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
Dec. 11 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
Dec. 12 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
Dec. 13 - Greenville, SC - Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Dec. 15 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center
Dec. 16 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum
Dec. 17 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center
Dec. 19 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
Dec. 20 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
Dec. 21 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
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