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The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach confirms band are ready to play live again following drummer injury

Bandmate Patrick Carney recently damaged his shoulder while on holiday on the Caribbean island of St Barts

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The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach has discussed his bandmate Patrick Carney's recent shoulder injury, confirming that the band are now ready to return to live duty.

The duo were recently forced to cancel a number of shows after drummer Carney struggled to recover from a shoulder injury sustained in January. Carney was injured after being slammed to the ocean floor by a wave while on holiday on the Caribbean island of St Barts. He was later taken to hospital for treatment under anaesthesia.

Speaking to NME Auerbach says "I wasn’t pissed off at all [about the break]. I mean, I felt bad that we had to cancel for our fans but at the same time, having a break for me personally was great." He added, "It was really nice to spend a lot of time hanging out at home. It was really good!"

The band are due back on the road shortly, with Auerbach confirming that Carney is nearly recovered from the incident. "We have a bunch of gigs set for the rest of the year," Auerbach said. "[Patrick] says he feels good. He’s been doing his rehab this whole time. It’s like a full time job trying to recuperate from that."

Asked if the upcoming shows would be stripped back due to Carney's injury, Auerbach answered, "No, if that was ever the case we wouldn’t play the show."

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Meanwhile, Dan Auerbach is set to release a new album, recorded with a collection of musicians known collaboratively as The Arcs, which follows on from his debut LP 'Keep It Hid' in 2009.

Speaking to Rolling Stone recently, the musician said that he's "just finished up" work on the effort, claiming to be "really excited about it". He also confirmed that the record will come out in the "late summer".

"It was cut really quick in a week and a half, two weeks of recording," Auerbach added. "I just wanted to do my thing and get extra weird... I wanted everything to flow [and] be cohesive. A lot of the songs bleed one into the other, a lot like the Grateful Dead – my favorite records that they did. So I’ve got a lot of connected songs. It's basically everything I love about music all wrapped up into one record – that’s all!"

The Black Keys frontman also stated, "I'm just finishing up the artwork now, working on a cartoon video with this kid who lives in Bakersfield who's never made a video before... Kind of ridiculous. I’m just having fun [and] basically making music with no responsibility."

The Black Keys play the following European live dates:

Barcelona Primavera Sound (May 28)
Athens Rockwave Festival (30)
Isle Of Wight Festival (June 12)
Aarhus Northside Festival (14)
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