The Black Keys discuss getting 'very sweet' Mike Tyson to announce 'Turn Blue'

The duo's eighth album is set for release on May 12

The Black Keys discuss getting 'very sweet' Mike Tyson to announce 'Turn Blue'

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The Black Keys have revealed how they got Mike Tyson to announce their new album, 'Turn Blue'.

Speaking to NME, the band's drummer Patrick Carney explained that they called in a favour from the boxer, after they contributed music to a new show that Tyson is currently working on. "Mike Tyson's doing a documentary and he asked us if we'd put a song in it," explained Carney. "We hooked him up basically, and he said he'd help us out anyway he could."

"So literally, a week after we hooked him up, we asked for a favour!" added frontman Dan Auerbach. The band decided to announce the name of their eighth album via a video directed by Eric Wareheim of US comedy duo, Tim & Eric, which they then had Tyson tweet before the official album announcement last month. "We asked Eric if he would direct these little tiny weird promo spots and he did," says Patrick. Ahead of the full detailed release, the pair then streamed the clip, linking to it via Tyson's Twitter account. "It was very last minute. The label wasn't sure if it was smart to do it that way, but it made perfect sense to us." Scroll down to watch the promo teaser for the LP.

The Black Keys revealed that they have not met Tyson in person yet. "He called us to thank us though," said Dan. "And when he hung up the phone with me, I think he just out of habit, you know sometimes you say, 'love you'? He said that to me..." added Patrick. "He was very sweet."

'Turn Blue' is set for release on May 12, and follows their 2011 release 'El Camino'. It was produced by Danger Mouse alongside Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney and was recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood last summer. Additional recording was done at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan as well as frontman Auerbach's own Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville.

The duo have also revealed that they will be performing at Glastonbury Festival on Sunday June 29 - the final night of the festival - after recently being announced as the final headliner for this year's Latitude festival in July.


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