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The Black Keys - May 2nd - Maverik Center

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“…tremendous, hook-laden, all-killer-no-filler, by some distance the most powerful, compelling rock album of the year.” —Independent, *****

“Sometimes, a CD scratches an itch you didn’t even know you had, and El Camino is that record…It’s a summer record released in the winter, a dance record that just happens to rock…It’s a party record, a driving down the highway, ‘I’m in love with rock and roll, and I’ll be out all night’ record…Really, the only question is whether, this late in the year, this constitutes the best rock album of 2011 or 2012. It’ll probably be both.”
—Los Angeles Times

The Black Keys’ new album, El Camino, released December 6 on Nonesuch Records, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200. The duo is currently featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine for the first time (January 19 issue). In celebration of the release, embarks on the first leg of their North American tour this March, featuring sold-out shows at Chicago’s United Center, DC’s Verizon Center, and two nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden followed by a second batch of April dates, including shows at Austin’s Frank Erwin Center and Seattle’s Key Arena. Special guests Arctic Monkeys open on the tour (complete schedule on next page). Concert ticket and album packages are available at the band’s site. 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.

In anticipation of the release, the duo recently joined Steve Buscemi on the December 2 episode of Saturday Night Live. This was the band’s second time in 2011 as musical guests on the show, a “rare distinction,” says Rolling Stone. Other recent television appearances include The Colbert Report and the Late Show with David Letterman. Produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys, El Camino was recorded in the band’s new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011. In advance of the release, the album’s first single, “Lonely Boy,” was released in October, to acclaim from fans and press; the song climbed the radio charts rapidly and is currently #1 on the AAA chart and has spent 6 weeks at #1 on the Alternative chart. It also has entered the top 10 at Rock radio. Additionally, the accompanying video has been viewed nearly six million times on YouTube. See reverse for complete El Camino track list.

Describing the sound of the album, drummer Patrick Carney tells Rolling Stone, “Every record, we figure out the mood and stick with that. With Brothers, we were listening to a lot of hip-hop and old R&B and drawing from that. This is the first record we’ve made where it’s all rock & roll.” And in an interview with Spin Magazine Auerbach says, “I’ve never been into guitar solos. I really like when every instrument in the band is a rhythm instrument. This record has a lot of that going on—guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards all working together as a rhythm instrument. But unlike Brothers, which has more of these slower songs with an open feeling, [the new LP] is definitely fast.”

El Camino follows the most successful two years in The Black Keys’ career. In May 2010 they released their breakthrough album, Brothers. It won three Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award, and topped numerous year-end lists. Brothers, which included the hit singles “Tighten Up” and “Howlin’ for You,” has been certified Gold in the U.S. and U.K., and Platinum in Canada. U.S. sales are nearly one million and counting

1. Lonely Boy
2. Dead and Gone
3. Gold on the Ceiling
4. Little Black Submarines
5. Money Maker
6. Run Right Back
7. Sister
8. Hell of a Season
9. Stop Stop
10. Nova Baby
11. Mind Eraser


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
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 22 *                                     New York, NY                              Madison Square Garden
March 23 *                                     Norfolk, VA                                  Constant Convocation Center
April 25 *                                       Austin, TX                                    Frank Erwin Center
April 27 *                                       St. Louis, MO                                Chaifetz Arena
April 28 *                                       Tulsa, OK                                     BOK Center
April 30 *                                       Denver, CO                                  1stbank Center
May 2 *                                         West Valley, UT                            Maverick Center
May 4 *                                         Oakland, CA                                 Oracle Arena
May 5 *                                         Sacramento, CA                            Power Balance Pavilion
May 7 *                                         Portland, OR                                 Rose Garden
May 8 *                                         Seattle, WA                                 Key Arena
May 9 *                                         Vancouver, BC                              Rogers Arena
May 11 *                                       Calgary, AB                                   Saddledome
May 12 *                                       Edmonton, AB                               Rexall Place
May 14 *                                       Winnipeg, MB                                MTS Centre
May 15 *                                       Minneapolis, MN                             Target Center
May 16 *                                       Milwaukee, WI                               Bradley Center



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