The Black Keys announce first tour in four years

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The Black Keys have announced details of their first US tour for four years, which will see them joined on the road by Modest Mouse.

The co-headline ‘Let’s Rock’ tour will kick off in Las Vegas on September 21, before heading across North America for 31 shows.

It follows ‘Lo/’Hi’ – their comeback single which arrived last week. You can check out the dates in full below. Support comes from Shannon & the Clams, Repeat Repeat and Jessy Wilson on select dates. UK and European dates are expected to follow in the months ahead.

SEPTEMBER 2019
21 – Life Is Beautiful, Las Vegas
23 – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
24 – Spring Center, Kansas City, MO
25 – Enterprise Center, St Louis, MO
27 – United Center, Chicago, IL
28 – Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
30 – Quicken loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

OCTOBER

1 – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
2 – Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
4 – Fisery Forum, Milwaukee, WI
5 – Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
7 – PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
8 – Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
9 – Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
11 – TD Garden, Boston, MA
12– The Anthem, Washington DC
14 – Wells Fargo Arena, Philadelphia, PA
15 – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

NOVEMBER
5 –  BB& T Center, Sunrise, FL
6 –  Amway Center, Orlando, FL
8 – PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
9 – State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
12 – Toyota Center, Houston, TX
13 – Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
14 – Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX
16 – Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
17 – Pechanga Arena, San Diego, CA
19 – The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
20 – TBA, San Francisco, CA
22 – Moda Center, Portland, OR
23 – Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
24 – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC

Describing Lo/Hi, NME wrote: “From the opening growling riff, it’s clear The Black Keys are operating just as expected. There’s a beefy chorus (“high like a bird in the sky/low because you’re angry”), studio howls and uplifting backing vocals. It’s the soundtrack to the type of party that doesn’t exist anymore, but one you still wish you were cool enough to get the invite to.

There’s a good chance that it may well see them return to the arenas, but it’s a song that belongs in a different time – when rock was king. But perhaps that’s fine. Perhaps, sometimes, the only thing you can hope for when a band returns after a half-decade absence is to stay true to themselves.

“The Black Keys have done that here and coloured-in neatly and diligently. But if they want to avoid being a legacy band – a distinct reality – perhaps it’s time to scribble outside the lines just a little bit.”