Black Keys Branching Out On Tour
Having just returned from a swing through Australia and New Zealand, Akron, Ohio-based rock duo the Black Keys have confirmed a spring North American run that will begin April 19 in Louisville and wraHaving just returned from a swing through Australia and New Zealand, Akron, Ohio-based rock duo the Black Keys have confirmed a spring North American run that will begin April 19 in Louisville and wrap May 14 in Carrboro, N.C. The Henchmen will support, augmented by appearances by Th' Legendary Shack Shakers and the Legendary JC's in select markets.
The run comes in support of the Keys' third album, "Rubber Factory," which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 58,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Guitarist Dan Auerbach tells Billboard.com that following the tour, he and drummer Patrick Carney will ease up on their summer commitments, which at present include a handful of one-offs and European festival shows. "After this tour, we will have covered the entire United States for 'Rubber Factory,'" he says.
Auerbach adds that "in the fall, we may try to do a short run of shows in major cities." The group also filmed its recent concert in Sydney for a DVD that may see the light of day via Fat Possum around that time.
Before the spring dates, the Keys will play two one-offs in the Buckeye state. On April 8 at Akron's Lime Spider, they will join Carney's uncle Ralph, the Numbers Band, Half Cleveland, the Bizarros, Houseguest and C.D. Truth at a benefit for two cancer-stricken members of veteran Akron rock act Tin Huey.
The next day at Columbus' PromoWest Pavilion, the group will play local radio station WWCD (CD101)'s CD101 Day show alongside the Bravery, Ash, Ben Lee and Dresden Dolls.
As previously reported, the Keys' performance of "The Breaks" will be featured on the live album "Bonnaroo 2004," due April 5 via Sanctuary. The accompanying DVD, due May 17, offers a rendition of "Hard Row."
Here are the Black Keys' tour dates:
April 8: Akron, Ohio (Lime Spider)
April 9: Columbus, Ohio (PromoWest Pavilion / CD101 Day)
April 19: Louisville (Headliners)
April 20: Lexington, Ky. (the Dame)
April 21: Detroit (St. Andrew's Hall)
April 22: Nashville (Mercy Lounge)
April 23: Oxford, Miss. (Proud Larry's)
April 24: Little Rock, Ark. (Juanita's)
April 27: Oklahoma City (Green Door)
April 28: Dallas (Trees)
April 29: Austin, Texas (Emo's)
April 30: Houston (Mary Jane's Fat Cat)
May 3: New Orleans (Twiropa)
May 4: Pensacola, Fla. (Sluggo's)
May 6: Tampa, Fla. (Skipper's Smokehouse)
May 7: Orlando, Fla. (the Social)
May 8: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Culture Room)
May 10: Gainesville, Fla. (Common Grounds)
May 11: Athens, Ga. (40 Watt Club)
May 12: Atlanta (Variety Playhouse)
May 14: Carrboro, N.C. (Cat's Cradle)
June 4: Toledo (Bijou)