Akron garage and blues rock impressarios The Black Keys are back at it. The Black Keys have dropped their first song in over six years. “Lo/Hi” has already hit the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Chart. The song scored more than 34 places to land at number 5 just a week after it started streaming. The group’s most recent top 10 hit was “Little Black Submarines” from 2012. The Black Keys’ last top 5 hit was “Gold on the Ceiling,” which went to number 2.
The Keys were formed in 2001 and paid plenty of dues before finally breaking out into the mainstream in 2010 with the album Brothers. The band won a Grammy and then dropped a follow-up, 2012’s El Camino. That album also picked up a few Grammy’s and scored them their biggest hit single, “Lonely Boy.”
Anticipation for the Black Keys’ hopefully-upcoming ninth studio album is high, and now fans have even more to look forward to. The duo has announced a big new tour, “Let’s Rock.” The tour will hit major cities in the U.S. and Canada, hitting New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis, Austin and more. It will end in Vancouver on November 24. The opening act will be Modest Mouse on all dates, and Shannon & the Claims and Jessy Wilson will appear at some shows.
The duo was last seen on stage together at the 2015 Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco, Calif.
These dates have just been announced.
WOODSTOCK 50, WATKINS GLEN, NY, AUG 17
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL 2019, LAS VEGAS, NV, SEP 21
PEPSI CENTER DENVER, CO, SEP 23
SPRINT CENTER KANSAS CITY, MO, SEP 24
ENTERPRISE CENTER ST LOUIS, MO, SEP 24
UNITED CENTER CHICAGO, IL, SEP 27
TARGET CENTER MINNEAPOLIS, MN, SEP 28
QUICKEN LOANS ARENA CLEVELAND, OH, SEP 30
BRIDGESTONE ARENA NASHVILLE, TN, OCT 1
NATIONWIDE ARENA COLUMBUS, OH OCT, OCT 2
FISERV FORUM MILWAUKEE, WI, OCT 4
LITTLE CAESARS ARENA DETROIT, MI, OCT 5
PPG PAINTS ARENA PITTSBURGH, PA, OCT 7
VAN ANDEL ARENA GRAND RAPIDS, MI, OCT 8
SCOTIABANK ARENA TORONTO, ON, OCT 9
TD GARDEN BOSTON, MA, OCT 11
THE ANTHEM WASHINGTON, DC, OCT 12
WELLS FARGO CENTER PHILADELPHIA, PA, OCT 14
BARCLAYS CENTER BROOKLYN, NY, OCT 15
BB&T CENTER SUNRISE, FL, NOV 5
AMWAY CENTER ORLANDO, FL, NOV 6
PNC ARENA RALEIGH, NC, NOV 8
STATE FARM ARENA ATLANTA, GA, NOV 9
TOYOTA CENTER HOUSTON, TX, NOV 12
FRANK ERWIN CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN, TX, NOV 13
DICKIES ARENA FORT WORTH, TX, NOV 14
TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA PHOENIX, AZ, NOV 16
PECHANGA ARENA SAN DIEGO SAN DIEGO, CA, NOV 17
THE FORUM INGLEWOOD, CA, NOV 19
CHASE CENTER SAN FRANCISCO, CA, NOV 20
THE MODA CENTER PORTLAND, OR, NOV 22
TACOMA DOME TACOMA, WA, NOV 23
ROGERS ARENA VANCOUVER, BC, NOV 24
Their last album was 2014’s Turn Blue. To date, the band has not confirmed a new album, but the new song certainly hints that could be the plan. The Black Keys will appear at the much-heralded Woodstock 50 at Watkins Glen, NY. They’ll be sharing the weekend with artists from Jay Z to Jack White. Of course, White has been in a long-running fued with the Keys’ Dan Auerbach. White banned his kids from attending the same school as Auerbach’s kids. The feud will probably be reignited by Keys’ Patrick Carney producing an album for White’s ex-wife, Karen Jill Elson.
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