Fractured Toes Sink Black Keys Euro Tour

Rock duo the Black Keys has postponed an extensive European tour after guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach fractured two toes while unloading a van full of equipment.

Rock duo the Black Keys has postponed an extensive European tour after guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach fractured two toes while unloading a van full of equipment. The Akron, Ohio-based group was scheduled to be in Europe through a Nov. 30 show in Berlin. Fans are encouraged to keep their tickets for the affected gigs, as they will be valid when the shows are rescheduled next year.

"Not only were we exhausted and way too stressed after this insane year of non-stop touring, but little s*** like missing planes and fracturing toes added to our decision to take a break," Auerbach writes on the band's official Web site.

The Black Keys were touring in support of their sophomore album, "thickfreakness," released this year by Fat Possum. The pair will return to the stage on Dec. 6 in Oberlin, Ohio, and will play a previously announced New Year's Eve show at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland. The only other show on the group's schedule is Jan. 2 in Detroit.

During the downtime, Auerbach says he and drummer Patrick Carney "are busy in the basement trying to remember what it's like to practice. All of our recording equipment and musical junk has a nice thick layer of dust on it, so we're gonna wipe the dust away and get to work on writing some new songs."