THE BLACK KEYS CONFIRM NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM, TURN BLUE, WHICH DEBUTED AT #1 ON BILLBOARD 200

“…the best, most consistently gripping album the Keys have ever made…Turn Blue is as apocalyptic, in its way, as that Clash epic [London Calling]: loaded with risk, distress and payoff.” —Rolling Stone

The Black Keys will embark on an extensive North American tour this fall, including dates at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, L.A.’s The Forum and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. See below for complete worldwide tour details. Special guests during the tour include Cage The Elephant, Jake Bugg and St. Vincent. Promoted exclusively by Live Nation, the tour begins September 5 at Columbus, Ohio’s Schottenstein Center and runs through December, with dates at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, among others. (The Barclays Center dates are part of a celebration of their worldwide label’s 50th anniversary at Brooklyn Academy of Music: Nonesuch Records at BAM: Celebrating a Label without Labels.)

The tour celebrates the duo’s highly acclaimed new album, Turn Blue, which debuted earlier this year at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. This is the highest chart debut yet for the band, whose previous album, El Camino, debuted at #2 in 2011. It is also the first #1 album for Nonesuch. Turn Blue is the band’s highest charting album to date internationally, as well, debuting at #1 in Canada and Australia, #2 in the U.K, New Zealand and Croatia, #3 in Ireland and Hungary, #4 in France and Switzerland and #5 in Austria, Denmark and Holland. Additionally, the album charted in the top ten in Germany, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Turn Blue has already been certified Gold in Canada.

Produced by Danger Mouse, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, Turn Blue comprises 11 new tracks, including the first single, “Fever,” which is currently #1 on Alternative radio for the second straight week and #1 on AAA radio for the sixth straight week. Additionally, the album has received critical praise, with NPR Music calling it “…expansive and irresistibly catchy,” and USA Today saying it is “…an engrossing collection that takes daring leaps while embracing the primal energy and minimalism of the duo’s early records.”

In celebration of the release, the duo recently returned to Saturday Night Live for their third musical guest appearance, performing “Fever” and “Bullet in the Brain.” The band also performed “Fever” and “It’s Up to You Now” on last night’s Late Show with David Letterman in addition to performing a longer set, from a stage on a closed-down West 53rd Street, for the Live on Letterman online series. The duo concluded their whirlwind release-week schedule with an interview and performance at The Colbert Report.

Turn Blue was recorded at Sunset Sound in L.A. during the summer of 2013 with additional recording done at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, MI and Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound in Nashville in early 2014. Of the new album, the band says Turn Blue could refer to:

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

Carney also adds, “We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record—not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either. On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We’re excited for the world to hear Turn Blue.”

This is the eighth full-length album from the duo and follows 2011’s critically and commercially acclaimed El Camino, which is now certified RIAA Platinum. Internationally, El Camino is Gold in Belgium, Spain, Italy and Holland; Platinum in Ireland, France and the U.K.; and double Platinum in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The record also resulted in three awards at the 55th annual Grammy Awards—Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. The band now has a total of six Grammy Awards including three in 2010 for their breakout, RIAA Platinum album, Brothers.

For more information, please contact Mary Moyer, Asha Goodman or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.


THE BLACK KEYS TOUR

*with special guest Cage The Elephant
†with special guest Jake Bugg
‡with special guest St. Vincent


September 5 /// Columbus, OH /// Schottenstein Center*
September 6 /// Cleveland, OH /// Quicken Loans Arena*
September 7 /// Grand Rapids, MI /// Van Andel Arena*
September 9 /// Milwaukee, WI /// BMO Harris Bradley Center*
September 10 /// Louisville, KY /// KFC Yum! Center*
September 12 /// Detroit, MI /// Joe Louis Arena*
September 13 /// Pittsburgh, PA /// CONSOL Energy Center*
September 14 /// Rochester, NY /// Blue Cross Arena*
September 16 /// Toronto, ON /// Air Canada Centre*
September 17 /// Ottawa, ON /// Canadian Tire Centre*
September 18 /// Montreal, Q /// C Bell Centre*
September 20 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Wells Fargo Center*
September 21 /// Boston, MA /// TD Garden*
September 23 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Barclays Center*
September 24 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Barclays Center*
September 25 /// Washington, DC /// Verizon Center*
September 27 /// Chicago, IL /// United Center*
September 28 /// Chicago, IL /// United Center*
October 24 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Target Center†
October 25 /// Winnipeg, MB /// MTS Centre†
October 27 /// Calgary, AB /// Scotiabank Saddledome†
October 28 /// Edmonton, AB /// Rexall Place†
October 30 /// Vancouver, BC /// Pacific Coliseum†
October 31 /// Portland, OR /// Moda Center†
November 1 /// Seattle, WA /// KeyArena†
November 3 /// Oakland, CA /// Oracle Arena†
November 4 /// Sacramento, CA /// Sleep Train Arena†
November 6 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Forum†
November 8 /// Las Vegas, NV /// The Cosmopolitan†
November 9 /// San Diego, CA /// Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl†
November 10 /// Phoenix, AZ /// U.S. Airways Center†
November 12 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// Maverik Center†
November 13 /// Denver, CO /// Pepsi Center†
November 15 /// Houston, TX /// Toyota Center†
November 16 /// Dallas, TX /// American Airlines Center†
December 4 /// Baltimore, MD /// Baltimore Arena‡
December 5 /// Raleigh, NC /// PNC Arena‡
December 6 /// Richmond, VA /// Richmond Coliseum‡
December 8 /// Nashville, TN /// Bridgestone Arena‡
December 9 /// St. Louis, MO /// Scottrade Center‡
December 11 /// Atlanta, GA /// Philips Arena‡
December 12 /// Charlotte, NC /// Time Warner Cable Arena‡
December 13 /// Greenville, SC /// Bon Secours Wellness Arena‡
December 15 /// Sunrise, FL /// BB&T Center‡
December 16 /// Tampa, FL /// Amalie Arena‡
December 17 /// Orlando, FL /// Amway Center‡
December 19 /// Austin, TX /// Frank Erwin Center‡
December 20 /// Tulsa, OK /// BOK Center‡
December 21 /// Kansas City, MO /// Sprint Center‡