Black Keys cancel tour dates because they are 'drained'

Band pull shows in Australia, New Zealand and Europe

Black Keys cancel tour dates because they are 'drained'

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The Black Keys have cancelled a series of tour dates - saying that they are too "drained" to play them.

The blues-rock band have all but cleared their touring schedule until April, leaving only a couple of US tour dates after pulling shows in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, including Big Day Out festival appearances.

The duo explained on their website, Theblackkeys.com, that they needed time off to recuperate after their past year of touring and promotion of their latest album, 'Brothers'.

"An arduous year of touring and promotion has drained the band and necessitated time off," they wrote. "Dan [Auerbach] and Patrick [Carney] wish to thank all of you who have shown such incredible support since the release of 'Brothers' and have helped make the album a success."

The full list of cancelled tour dates is online at Theblackkeys.com/shows.

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