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The Black Keys

Just announced:

The Black Keys will embark on the first leg of their U.S. tour this March, with shows in arenas such as New York's Madison Square Garden, Boston's TD Garden, and Chicago's United Center, with special guests Arctic Monkeys opening. The shows are in support of The Black Keys' new album, El Camino, due out December 6 on Nonesuch Records. In advance of the release, five tracks from the record are currently streaming on the band's web site. El Camino is available for pre-order at www.theblackkeys.com, www.nonesuch.com, and iTunes, with an instant download of the single "Lonely Boy" included. Concert ticket and album packages are available at the band's site. Additionally, The Black Keys are teaming up with Tickets-for-Charity to offer fans access to some of the best seats in the house. Proceeds will benefit Community Support Services in Akron, OH and W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville, TN.
All dates are listed below.

As previously mentioned, the band will also be in NYC this week to play a bunch of TV shows and a show at Webster Hall (which will also be streaming online). The main way to get free tickets to Webster Hall still hasn't been revealed, but you can win a pair from us. All tour dates are listed below...

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The Black Keys --- 2011 Tour Dates
December 5 New York, NY Webster Hall
December 11 Los Angeles, CA KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas
March 2 * Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
March 3 * Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
March 4 * Columbus, OH Jerome Schottenstein Center
March 6 * Portland, ME Cumberland Co. Civic Center
March 7 * Boston, MA TD Garden
March 9 * Washington, DC Verizon Center
March 10 * Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
March 12 * New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena
March 13 * Montreal, QC Bell Centre
March 14 * Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
March 16 * Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
March 18 * Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
March 19 * Chicago, IL United Center
March 20 * Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
March 23 * Norfolk, VA Constant Convocation Center
*Arctic Monkeys support

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Comments (54)

webster hall = fan club only + contests

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 10:54 AM

Not big enough to be playing these arenas. Will have to add at least one other bigger band to fill the seats

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 10:57 AM

They sold out 2 summer stage shows and Terminal 5 last time they came through. I think they will fill MSG just fine.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:01 AM

10:54, there isn't a fan club only a mailing list. Unless I'm mistaken?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:01 AM

this band's appeal is absurdly broad, they will sell these venues just fine. i am sure another solid band will get added to the bill as well.

Posted by kyle | December 2, 2011 11:02 AM

MSG? What the hell is going on here?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:03 AM

I saw the Black Keys play back to back with the Arctic Monkeys at the Outside Lands Fest in SF back in August. Look at where those venues are located. Ohio and major U.S. Cities. I think they can probably pull it off.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:03 AM

They said that about Arcade Fire 2...and 2 shows sold out..

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:05 AM

black keys with AM as support will be fine at MSG, shouldn't have ticket problems.

black keys have been tweeting/facebooking that the webster show is fan club only

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:06 AM

the 2nd Arcade Fire show wasn't sold out.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:08 AM

I'll be sure not to go to this.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:08 AM

I hope they play that song "I Howl For You"

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:16 AM

Great news for people with bad taste!

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:18 AM

STOP ENCOURAGING THIS BAND

they're whatever at best, don;t need to become the biggest band in the world or anything

they're like 3rd rate john spencer blues explosion rehash

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:19 AM

11:19, we patiently await your guidance. What band shall we make the biggest?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:26 AM

I see all this "fan club" only stuff, but what is this fan club? No reference to it on their website that I can find.

Posted by Paul | December 2, 2011 11:32 AM

Kasabian

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:34 AM

this band will be hugmongous this year i can already hear the bro chatter

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:40 AM

Does anyone here even like music? Or just likes to hate on things? What is a good band to you? Mr. Hummus Magic or some shit?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:41 AM

Ha I saw the Black Keys at MSG in 2006...open for Radiohead at the Theater...

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:41 AM

HIPSTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE AND HATE!

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:41 AM

I saw The Black Keys back when they were White

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:43 AM

They're no fun anymore now that they have 2 more live members

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:48 AM

I fucking hate black people. I mean Keys.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:54 AM

every song by this band is boring and sounds the same.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:56 AM

I don't understand. The internet and this site in particular keep insisting I'm supposed to care about the Black Keys. Why? It makes sense that Arctic Monkeys are playing too, because the same thing happened with them a few years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:58 AM

Excellent band, haters are eunuchs.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 12:04 PM

ARCTIC MONKEYS w/ the black keys for support

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 12:08 PM

Arctic Monkeys could probably fill MSG on their own

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 12:09 PM

The thing is the mainstream music industry is still run by middle-aged white dudes, who in their attempt to be "cool", love the blues.
It was true in the sixties when they peddled white bands like The Yardbirds, and it's true now with The Black Keys.
They'll make these bands big and market the hell out of them since--you know--the blues is so cool.
Especially when played by young white dudes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 12:36 PM

"Arctic Monkeys could probably fill MSG on their own"

not true but they will help for sure..

I heard Black Keys coming out of frat house in my town not long ago.. it made perfect sense... they'll get DMB & White Stripes fans...

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 12:43 PM

@12:36

That is easily, and generally, one of the dumbest comments I've ever seen posted on this site. The majority of the rock listed on this site, as well as rock in general, has its roots in the blues. Thank god the Black Keys exist... because with the exception of White Denim and a few other bands of their kind... they're the only talented pure rock musicians out there; ones that play their instruments (Auerbach, anyway) with a huge amount of technical skill.

Posted by SLSAMgrrrrr | December 2, 2011 12:51 PM

they stole the white stripes thunder

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 1:07 PM

I booked these guys like 4 years ago when I was in college. Nice dudes (especially Patrick)

Glad to see this is happening. I've seen 'em a bazillion times, and they're fun.

To those who hate - what would you rather? Toro Y Moi or something? That's junk. These guys are actually talented song writers and musicians.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 1:37 PM

12:51: No one said they weren't talented.
They are clearly very good at what they do.
However, what they do happens to be very easily-marketed to a bunch of folks who also listen to Led Zeppelin, Cream, etc. (the first generation of artists who more or less stole the blues as opposed to being influenced by it).

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 2:30 PM

2 Barneys

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 2:32 PM

Marketing music to people who like Zeppelin and Cream?!?!

Such a terrible thing to do!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 2:49 PM

As far as I'm concerned, they might get bro fans, but what does it matter to you? They put out great material and they're one of the best rock acts out there. And even our favorite mainstream indie darlings Radiohead, The National, LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, etc have played MSG. Get over it.

The OMG I liked them before thing only works if the band actually starts to suck or completely changes their sound [people say this about bands like Weezer or Green Day]. But this album does not suck and it is just as good as when nobody knew who the hell they were in 2002.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 2:54 PM

Yeah really @2:30... Someone has to continue the rock and roll tradition and it sure as hell isn't going to be Bon Iver, Animal Collective or [insert critically acclaimed indie band of the moment here].

Black Keys might be the closest thing to a critically acclaimed mainstream rock act that we've got right now...

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 3:00 PM

The "keepin' rock alive" argument is one way of looking at it.
Or you could consider that The Black Keys are a cash-cow wet dream for the corporate music industry, and they're being ridden for all their worth by the same old skeletons that bled mainstream music dry over the years.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 3:21 PM

@3:21...

Don't blame them for being successful and actually making good music and a lot of money while doing it. The corporate music industry blows, but what do you want? Even Pearl Jam are shilling for Target now.

Would you rather have Bieber or Katy Perry be playing the Garden that night instead of the Black Keys?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 3:54 PM

@12:36 and 2:30 - My god you're an idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 4:09 PM

Pit Section = Awesome Show

Anywhere Else = Should be home watching Palladium

Posted by Doc | December 2, 2011 4:20 PM

OVERRATED!

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 4:24 PM

3:54 has a point

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 4:28 PM

12:36 and 2:30 here.
None of these are knocks against the band.
I was merely trying to explain how The Black Keys enjoy such a widespread audience.
Do you really think a third-generation of blues would command this in and of itself without a the corporate juggernaut behind it?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 4:34 PM

So, then... what's your point? If you're the type of music "fan" that gets caught up more in what's going on outside of the music itself... how good a fan are you? Put your headphones on and like it or don't; worrying about all the other shit is a waste of energy.

Posted by SLSAMgrrrrr | December 2, 2011 4:55 PM

But... definitely don't listen to said music on an iPod. 'Cause Apple's all corporate and stuff. :(

Posted by SLSAMgrrrrr | December 2, 2011 5:21 PM

Don't use a computer and don't use the internet because you're supporting the man / corporate america. i personally don't buy any branded products and have a scribe to type this up for me along with an ads blocker.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 5:24 PM

$80 for MSG? Seems a little steep.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 7:22 PM

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2011 10:06 AM

the new record isn't that bad guy's. Its got great tone, hooks and a sound that is the Black Keys maturing and moving in a different direction. It may be a bit slicker than previous albums but its raw with just vox, drums, bass and organ, thats it! I would never want a group to rehash the same old thing, growth is essential! Really dope they built their own studio and cut it there this time around too. I mean, i feel like all musicians should totally respect these guys for grunting it out for almost 10 years under the radar for most their career in van, slowly making it closer to where they can actually get paid good for playing music. I don't get all the hating but i have to say i hear that alot on this website. Tsk Tsk you babies!

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2011 5:14 PM

i agree 5:14.

are tickets already on sale for the MSG show? I went to the MSG website and it had tickets going for up in the hundreds a ticket. WTF????

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2011 5:42 PM

great tunes

Posted by jordon | August 11, 2013 11:00 AM

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