The Black Keys make big plans for arena tour

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The Black Keys have revealed plans for an ambitious tour of North America that will see the band graduate to arenas in 2012. The indie rockers will hit Massachusetts for a show at Boston’s TD Garden for a show on Wednesday, March 7. Joining them will be special guests Arctic Monkeys. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $42.50 to $59.50, will go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

The upcoming tour will be in support of the band’s brand new album, El Camino, which was released on Tuesday. Produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys, the band’s seventh studio effort was recorded in their new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011. The video for lead single “Lonely Boy” is streaming below.

Led by Akron, Ohio natives Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, The Black Keys released their debut album The Big Come Up in 2002. Their 2010 breakthrough album Brothers won three Grammy Awards in 2011, including Best Alternative Music Album.

“We’ve taken the long road to get where we are,” said drummer Patrick Carney of the band’s recent success in a press release. “It’s pretty cool to be in your early 30’s making music with your best friend. We’ve experienced everything from driving a thousand miles to play for no one to winning Grammys.”

Auerbach added, “We don’t talk before we play. We don’t practice before we record, we just fly by the seat of our pants.” He said 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.”

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