‘Turn Blue’ With The Black Keys

The Black Keys unveil the band’s fall run through North America beginning Sept. 5 in Columbus, Ohio.  Destinations include Toronto, Phoenix, Dallas and Tampa in a road trip stretching into December.  Tickets go on sale next week.

Photo: Lance Murphy / Memphis In May
Beale Street Music Festival, Tom Lee Park, Memphis, Tenn.

The guitar/drums team of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are supporting their new album, Turn Blue, due to drop May 13 on Nonesuch Records.  With the first single “Fever” dominating the charts, The Black Keys will appear on “Saturday Night Live” May 10.

Along with today’s announcement are hints regarding the meaning behind the album’s title.  According to the band, Turn Blue could reference the following:

A: Suffocation
B: Sadness
C: Numbness from extreme cold
D: A Cleveland late night TV host from the 1960s named Ghoulardi
E: All of the above

We particularly like the bit about Ghoulardi. As The Black Keys mentioned, Ghoulardi, whose real name was Ernie Anderson, was a disc jockey and TV announcer as well as the host of the locally aired “Shock Theater.”  But Ghoulardi didn’t stay in Cleveland.  Instead, he moved to Los Angeles where he eventually went to work for the ABC Television network. That was his voice on ABC during the 1970s telling viewers what was “Coming up on the ‘Loooove Boat.’”

But we digress.

With Cage The Elephant, Jake Bugg and St. Vincent appearing as special guests on select dates, here’s the North American tour exclusively promoted by Live Nation:

Sept. 5 – Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center
Sept. 6 – Cleveland, Ohio, Quicken Loans Arena
Sept. 7 – Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena
Sept. 9 – Milwaukee, Wis., BMO Harris Bradley Center
Sept. 10 – Louisville, Ky., KFC Yum! Center
Sept. 12 – Detroit, Mich., Joe Louis Arena
Sept. 13 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Consol Energy Center
Sept. 14 – Rochester, N.Y.,  Blue Cross Arena
Sept. 16 – Toronto, Ontario, Air Canada Centre
Sept. 18 – Montreal, Quebec, Bell Centre
Sept. 20 – Philadelphia, Pa., Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 21 – Boston, Mass., TD Garden
Sept. 24 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Barclays Center
Sept. 25 – Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
Sept. 27 – Chicago, Ill., United Center
Oct. 24 – Minneapolis, Minn., Target Center
Oct. 25 – Winnipeg, Manitoba, MTS Centre
Oct. 27 – Calgary, Alberta, Scotiabank Saddledome
Oct. 28 – Edmonton, Alberta, Rexall Place
Oct. 30 – Vancouver, British Columbia, P.N.E. Pacific Coliseum
Oct. 31 – Portland, Ore., Moda Center
Nov. 1 – Seattle, Wash., KeyArena At Seattle Center
Nov. 9 – San Diego, Calif., Viejas Arena
Nov. 10 – Phoenix, Ariz., US Airways Center
Nov. 12 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Maverik Center
Nov. 13 – Denver, Colo., Pepsi Center
Nov. 15 – Houston, Texas, Toyota Center
Nov. 16 – Dallas, Texas, American Airlines Center
Dec. 4 – Baltimore, Md., Baltimore Arena
Dec. 5 – Raleigh, N.C., PNC Arena
Dec. 6 – Richmond, Va., Richmond Coliseum
Dec. 8 – Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Arena
Dec. 9 – St. Louis, Mo., Scottrade Center
Dec. 11 – Atlanta, Ga., Philips Arena
Dec. 12 – Charlotte, N.C., Time Warner Cable Arena
Dec. 13 – Greenville, S.C., Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Dec. 15 – Sunrise, Fla., BB&T Center
Dec. 16 – Tampa, Fla., Tampa Bay Times Forum
Dec. 17 – Orlando, Fla., Amway Center
Dec. 19 – Austin, Texas, Frank Erwin Center
Dec. 20 – Tulsa, Okla., BOK Center
Dec. 21 – Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center

Cage The Elephant appears Sept. 5-27, Jake Bugg Oct. 24-Nov. 16, and St. Vincent Dec. 4-21.

Fan club and Citi presales begin May 13 at 10 a.m. General onsales launch May 16 at 10 a.m. All times local. Check out TheBlackKeys.com for more information.