The Black Keys React To Arena Cancellations

The tour will be re-routed to "intimate" venues...

Blues rock duo The Black Keys have reacted to the cancellation of their North American arena tour.

The band returned earlier this year, sharing their raucous new album ‘Ohio Players’. On its release, CLASH wrote:

It’s still undeniably the Black Keys. ‘Please Me (Till I’m Satisfied)’ is a bluesy rocker with cacophonous drumming from Carney, while ‘Fever Tree’ is a riot, Auerbach eschewing a chorus for some good old-fashioned ‘na-na-na’s’. 

The group were set to play a full North American tour this year, scheduled to take in some massive arenas. Earlier this week the entire tour was pulled, with fans sharing screenshots that seemed to illustrate low ticket sales.

It’s an embarrassing situation, for sure, with The Black Keys now taking moves to “assure everyone that Dan & Patrick are alive and well.”

In a note on social media, The Black Keys insisted they would tour this year, but in more “intimate” spaces. The statement reads:

Following the recent run of shows in the UK & Europe, including stops at iconic venues like Brixton Academy and the Zenith in Paris, we have decided to make some changes to the North American leg of the International Players Tour that will enable us to offer a similarly exciting, intimate experience for both fans and the band, and will be announcing a revised set of dates shortly.

Everyone who had purchased tickets and/or VIP to the initial tour dates will be fully refunded – and when the new plans are announced, will be the first to be able to buy tickets.

Thank you for your understanding and apologies for the surprise change… We’re pretty sure everyone is going to be excited when you see what we have in mind though, and look forward to seeing everyone soon.

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