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The Black Keys Announce New Zealand Tour

The Black Keys Announce New Zealand Tour

Tuesday 1st May, 2012 8:04AM

The Black Keys have announced their long awaited return with two New Zealand dates in November. Last here in 2008, having stood us up in 2011 when they pulled out of their Australian and New Zealand tour dates due to exhaustion, the garage-rock duo have seriously blown up with the release of their seventh album El Camino last year. Here are the details...

The Black Keys

Saturday 3rd November, Vector Arena, Auckland
Monday 5th November,TSB Bank Arena, Wellington

Tickets on sale at midday from Ticketmaster in Auckland and Ticketek in Wellington.

Here are some clips from El Camino...

'Gold On The Ceiling'

'Lonely Boy'

Press Release:

THE BLACK KEYS return to New Zealand... to unlock their magic

The rapturous reviews of their latest album 'El Camino' are all in, Coachella has been headlined, Grammys have been collected, Madison Square Garden sold out in 15 minutes and it now seems perfectly clear.

The BLACK KEYS are the biggest rock band on the planet right now. No stadium can hold 'em, but Vector Arena and The TSB Bank Arena will try their level best in November.

It's a long way from their modest beginnings as a garage rock band in Akron, Ohio in 2001 but here they are, seven albums later, making the jump to hyperspace. Selling out festivals and arenas and shifting huge amounts of what used to be called 'units', all while keeping their musical integrity firmly intact.

The breakthrough came in 2010 upon the release of their sixth album 'Brothers'. Steeped in the turmoil of broken marriages and busted friendships, its instantly iconic cover alone was enough to warrant a place in the pantheon of classic rock albums, but it was the music therein that became a statement of intent and a signpost of what was to come. The band's 21st century white boy blues was further expanded on their critically lauded late-2011 album 'El Camino', which became an instant commercial hit. Thus far 2012 has been a year of highs for the band - most recently they co-headlined the Coachella festival with Radiohead, Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg.

To say that their return to New Zealand is highly anticipated is a vast understatement. We haven't seen them for a few years and some of the grit of their early albums has been replaced by a more glam sensibility, but not much else has changed. It's still the unassuming duo of Dan (Auerbach - vocals/guitar) and Patrick (Carney - drums) playing like they did in the clubs and bars of Akron, albeit this time with the mother of all light shows.

Don't miss this rare chance to see a band at the top of their game.

Saturday 3rd November – Auckland – Vector Arena
Monday 5th November – Wellington – TSB Bank Arena



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