The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys announce U.S. tour dates

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Rock bands The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys will take to the stage together next March. The blues-rock and indie-rock bands will kick off the slate of tour dates on March 2 in Cincinnati, OH. The two bands will give 15 concerts before signing off on March 23 in Norfolk, VA. Other cities the bands will visit include Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Minneapolis.

Chart showing normalized changes in ticket sales from 2007-2011 for The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys.
Click to see full size. Chart is normalized, based on data from the TicketNetwork Exchange*. Arctic Monkeys didn't have a 2008 tour.

The Black Keys are touring in promotion of their newest album El Camino, which will be released tomorrow. The band, which has released six previous albums, was established in 2001 and since then has steadily risen to prominence. Since 2007, for example, the number of tickets sold on the TicketNetwork Exchange has risen by at least 40% every year*.

Their touring partners, Arctic Monkeys, were formed in 2002, and were actually the more in-demand act until last year, when The Black Keys surpassed them in ticket sales. A longer tour this year helped them sell more tickets, though The Black Keys remain more popular.

The current overall average ticket price of the tour on the TicketNetwork Exchange is $179*. The U.S. tour dates are listed below.

3/02Cincinnati, OHUS Bank Arena
3/03Detroit, MIJoe Louis Arena
3/04Columbus, OHSchottenstein Center
3/06Portland, MECumberland County Civic Center
3/07Boston, MATD Garden
3/09Washington, DCVerizon Center
3/10Philadelphia, PAWells Fargo Center
3/12New York, NYMadison Square Garden
3/16Indianapolis, INConseco Fieldhouse
3/18Grand Rapids, MIVan Andel Arena
3/19Chicago, ILUnited Center
3/20Cleveland, OHQuicken Loans Arena
3/23Norfolk, VAConstant Convocation Center
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*As of 12/5/2011 12:00pm EST. Prices and other data may fluctuate based on market demand.