About The Black Keys
Upon first glance, Dan Auerback and Patrick Carney don't fit the standard mold of the "selling out Madison Square Garden" artist. They two childhood friends look like they might run an local tea shop and play some music on the side. But dont let appearances fool you. The Black Keys have been delivering some of the best garage rock sounds since the genre's revival in the 2010's.
Auerback and Carney met when their were kids, and though they were from different social groups, their love for music brought them together. They both went on to attend the University of Akron, but dropped out together shortly after. The Black Keys was formed in 2001 when Carney and Aurback signed to Alive, a small label in Los Angeles.
After releasing their first album, The Black Keys slowly gained a cult following and some attention from critics. The band members did, however, get lawn mowing jobs in order to fund their first tour! They even drove themselves to their first festival, South by Southwest in Texas, a 14 hour drive from Akron.
It wasnt until 2007 when The Black Keys set foot into a professional music studio for the first time. Danger Mouse came on to produce their fifth studio album. Attack & Release held singles like "Strange Times" and "I Got Mine", the former being featured in Grand Theft Auto IV and NASCAR 09. The band, however, had a brief moment of tension in 2009. Auerback released a solo project and CArney, feeling betrayed, went on to form a different band called Drummer.
After reconciliation, the band moved to Nashville and released Brothers, their sixth studio album. The record lead off with "Tighten Up", which spent 10 weeks on top of the Alternative Songs chart. The music video for the song won the 2010 MTV Video Music Award for Breakthrough Video, and the record went on to sell 73,000 copies in its first week. The release of Brother's sent the career of the Black Keys on a roller coaster ride. In 2011, the Black Keys appeared on Saturday Night Live as the musical guest and won 3 Grammy Awards out of its five nominations. Their success was so overwhelming that the group had to cancel concerts due to exhaustion.
El Camino was released at the end of that year, featuring a more uptempo feel compared to Brothers. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. Rolling Stone and Time ranked El Camino to be among the best albums of that year. The El Camino tour came shortly after in 2012, marking the group's first headlining arena tour.
The group went on extended hiatus in 2015, each working on side projects of their own. Carney went on to compose the theme song for the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman, and Auerbach formed the Arcs. They released their first single in five years in 2019. The band released their ninth studio album mid 2019.
The Black Keys Live
No matter the size of the venue, the Black Keys need nothing but their own music to put on a jaw dropping performance. They don't need to fill the arena with pyrotechnics or lasers. Their energy and musicality is the full package.
The Black Keys are on their North American headlining tour. Grab your tickets to the Black Keys live tour today.