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The Black Keys’ new album El Camino will be released December 5 on Nonesuch Records.  Produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys, the 11-track album was recorded at singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in the band’s new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011.   It includes the hit single ‘Lonely Boy’, the video for which attracted more than 2.5 million views within a month of its premiere.  ‘Tremendous, hook-laden, all-killer-no-filler […] by some distance the most powerful, compelling rock album of the year,’ proclaimed the Independent in a five-star review. 

To coincide with the album release The Black Keys will tour Europe in January & February, including dates in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Holland and the UK.  Due to demand, a third London date (February 11) has now been added and will go on sale on December 2.  Please see below for details.


El Camino follows the most successful two years in The Black Keys’ career.  In May 2010 they released their breakthrough album, Brothers, to widespread critical acclaim.  Debuting at # 2 in the US, it went on to win three Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award, and topped numerous year-end lists, including iTunes, NPR, and Rolling Stone.  Brothers, which included the hit singles ‘Tighten Up’ and ‘Howlin’ for You’, has been certified Gold in the US and UK, and Platinum in Canada.  Worldwide sales are now over one million and counting.

Drummer Patrick Carney said of the band’s recent success, “We’ve taken the long road to get where we are.  It’s pretty cool to be in your early 30s making music with your best friend.  We’ve experienced everything from driving a thousand miles to play for no one to winning Grammys.”  Auerbach further describes the band’s dynamic, “We don’t talk before we play.  We don’t practice before we record, we just fly by the seat of our pants.”  He says of El Camino, “I think where this record is going to shine for me is playing the songs live.  This record is more straight ahead rock and roll – raw, driving, and back to basics.”

The Black Keys – Akron, OH natives Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney – released their debut album, The Big Come Up, in 2002, followed by Thickfreakness (2003) and Rubber Factory (2004).  In 2006 they signed to Nonesuch Records in the US and released their fourth album, Magic Potion, which was followed by the Danger Mouse-produced Attack & Release in 2008.  El Camino is the first Black Keys album Nonesuch will release worldwide.


European Tour Schedule – January & February 2012

Mon Jan 23       Lotto, Antwerp, Belgium            

Tue Jan 24        Zenith, Lille, France                   

Wed Jan 25       Zenith, Paris, France                 

Fri Jan 27          Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany  

Sat Jan 28         Arena, Berlin, Germany             

Mon Jan 30       Alcatraz, Milan, Italy                 

Tue Jan 31        Maag Hall, Zurich, Switzerland   

Wed Feb 1        Klokgebouw, Eindhoven, Holland

Fri Feb 3           Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, UK

Sat Feb 4          Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, UK  

Mon Feb 6         Apollo, Manchester, UK             

Tue Feb 7          Apollo, Manchester, UK             

Thu Feb 9          Alexandra Palace, London, UK   

Fri Feb 10         Alexandra Palace, London, UK   

* Sat Feb 11      Alexandra Palace, London, UK   

* Extra date added due to demand, on sale December 2