The Black Keys Reveal Summer and Fall ‘Dropout Boogie Tour’
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The Black Keys perform at Los Angeles’ Wiltern, Sept. 19, 2019.
Esteemed blues-rock duo The Black Keys will return to the road this summer and fall with the “Dropout Boogie Tour,” which will hit arenas and amphitheaters from July to October.
The Ohio band’s trek begins July 9 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, before making stops at outdoor venues including Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. (July 13); Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. (July 25) and Cincinnati’s Riverbend Music Center (Sept. 3).
As summer turns to fall, the band will stage a handful of arena plays, at venues including Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena (Oct. 2) and Austin’s Moody Center ATX (Oct. 17). The tour wraps at Dallas’ Dos Equis Pavilion on Oct. 18.
The run will be supported by Band of Horses and, in select cities, Ceramic Animal, Early James and The Velveteers. It follows the cheekily named “World Tour of America,” which took the band to three clubs in September 2021, and Delta Kream, the set of blues covers The Black Keys released last May.
In 2019, The Black Keys released the album Let’s Rock and toured behind it, grossing $28.55 million across 32 shows reported to Pollstar‘s Boxoffice. Ten stops on the tour brought in more than $1 million, with the top-grossing shows coming at Southern California’s Forum (13,186 tickets sold, $1.59 million grossed), Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (13,442, $1.42 million) and Chicago’s United Center (11,523, $1.36 million).
Pollstar‘s review of that October 2019 Barclays Center concert praised “the allure of a Keys show: two dudes, playing honest-to-goodness rock music for an arena, at a time when that’s increasingly rare.”
The band was set to continue that tour from July to September 2020, but was forced to cancel by the coronavirus pandemic.
The “Dropout Boogie Tour” will take the band back to several venues it hasn’t played in a decade, including Merriweather Post Pavilion, where it sold 14,289 tickets and grossed $509,260 on May 18, 2012, and Toronto’s Budweiser Stage, where it moved 15,993 tickets for a gross of $774,475 on Aug. 4, 2012.
Tickets for the “Dropout Boogie Tour” go onsale Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. local time. Find the list of dates below.