The Black Keys and the Arctic Monkeys pair up for winter-to-spring tour

The Black Keys performing in an iTunes Session, mid October, 2010.

Dangerously addictive and musically clever British garage rock group the Arctic Monkeys have decided to join the Black Keys (who have just dropped their seventh album, El Camino, co-produced by Danger Mouse) in some of their next dates, spanning from now to the 23 of March next year. The Arctics will be joining the Keys for the last half of the tour, from March 2 to March 23.The two unlikely counterparts have just set the dates as they stand, and each location is undoubtedly in for something incontrovertibly electric. Like blending the naturally musically-intuitive and raw garage rock- esque sounds of bands like the Strokes and Sonic Youth with all of the emotion and grit of the Blues into one solid show, each date is sure to be packed with sounds even the best wouldn’t be able to describe.

Here are the dates for the very end of this year and the very beginning of the next:

December 5: New York, NY; Webster Hall
December 11: Los Angeles, CA; KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

January 23: Antwerp, Belgium; Lotto
January 24: Lille, France; Zenith
January 25: Paris, France; Zenith
January 27: Hamburg, Germany; Sporthalle
January 28: Berlin, Germany; Arena
January 30: Milan, Italy; Alcatraz
January 31: Zurich, Switzerland; Maag Hall
February 1: Eindhoven, Holland; Klokgebouw
February 3: Nottingham, England; Capital FM Arena
February 4: Edinburgh, Scotland; Corn Exchange
February 6 & 7: Manchester, England; O2 Apollo
February 9, 10, & 11: London, England; Alexandra Palace

March 2: Cincinnati, OH;  U.S. Bank Arena ^
March 4: Detroit, MI; Joe Louis Arena ^
March 5: Columbus, OH; Jerome Schottenstein Center ^
March 6: Portland, ME; Cumberland Co. Civic Center ^
March 7: Boston, MA; TD Garden ^
March 9: Washington, DC; Verizon Center ^

March 10: Philadelphia, PA; Wells Fargo Center ^

March 12: New York, NY; Madison Square Garden ^
March 13: Montreal, Quebec; Bell Centre ^
March 14:Toronto, Ontario; Air Canada Centre ^
March 16: Indianapolis, IN; Conseco Fieldhouse ^
March 18: Grand Rapids, MI; Van Andel Arena ^
March 19: Chicago, IL; United Center ^
March 20: Cleveland, OH; Quicken Loans Arena ^
March 23: Norfolk, VA; Constant Convocation Center ^

(^with the Arctic Monkeys)

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  • Chuck

    Its crazy how The Black Keys have blown up so big so fast from well known indie group when they came out with “Your Touch” and now they are playing arena’s. As sick as I am of the song “Tighten Up” I do have a lot of respect for them and I its cool to see their rise.

  • Hailie Hay

    Hah. This is really crazy to me, too…
    I remember all of the hype about Brothers, and how half of the people who were making a huge deal about “Tighten Up” and the rest of the album (which was very good, by the way; “Tighten Up” WAS overplayed, but the album was rather enjoyable, anyway) hadn’t realized that the duo had released five albums before that. They all thought it was the first one.
    I, however, really dig their old stuff, and have yet to hear anything from El Camino.
    I, too, am rather sick of “Tighten Up”, and I do think respect for the Black Keys is well-deserved:)

  • Kristi

    Wow, I think this is seriously cool :)

    Two bands of different sides of rock music touring together! Pretty sweet!