Alysse Gafkjen – The Black Keys
The Black Keys announced their first concerts since 2015.
The Black Keys announced a sweeping North American fall tour on Thursday.
The aptly titled Let’s Rock Tour kicks off Sept. 21 at Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful festival, before hitting 30 arenas across the continent over the following two months.
The dates mark the scuzzy blues-rock duo’s first headlining tour since 2014 and first concerts of any kind since a series of festival plays in summer 2015.
Indie-rock heroes Modest Mouse will open all dates, with Shannon & The Clams, *repeat repeat and Jessy Wilson providing support at select shows.
The Black Keys released their eighth and most recent studio album, the Grammy-nominated Turn Blue, in 2014. That year, the band had a mammoth year on the road, landing on Pollstar‘s Year End Top 100 Worldwide Tours chart grossing $24.2 million. They raked in even more in 2012, hitting No. 27 on the chart with $38.1 million grossed.
– Let’s Rock Tour
The Let’s Rock Tour will feature support from Modest Mouse.
Naturally, they’ll return to many of the same arenas they hit on their 2014 arena tour. After performing at Life Is Beautiful, the Black Keys arrive at Denver’s Pepsi Center on Sept. 23, where the band sold 10,279 tickets and grossed $647,965 in November 2014. They perform at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Oct. 15, where across two nights in September 2014 they sold 21,041 tickets and grossed $1.47 million.
Other stops include Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena (Oct. 1) and Atlanta’s State Farm Arena (Nov. 9), where the Black Keys grossed $366,405 and $464,095 in December 2014.
The tour concludes with a West Coast leg that includes a Nov. 19 show at the Forum, outside of Los Angeles, where the Black Keys sold 12,582 tickets and grossed $754,518 in November 2014.
The Black Keys released “Lo/Hi,” their first new music since Turn Blue, last week. Though the band last performed in August 2015 at San Francisco’s Outside Lands, members Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have remained active. Auerbach formed a new band, The Arcs, which released their debut album in 2015. Two years later, Auerbach released his second solo album. Carney, meanwhile, famously recorded the theme for Netflix’s animated series “Bojack Horseman” and will release a collaborative album with John Petkovic as Sad Planets next month.
Both artists have continued to produce, with Auerbach starting a new label, Easy Eye Sound.
Tickets for The Black Keys’ fall tour go on sale March 22 at 10 a.m. local time. Find a complete list of dates below.
Sep 21 /// Las Vegas, NV /// Life Is Beautiful