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Black Keys and St. Vincent to play Dec. 20 Tulsa show

by Brandy McDonnell Published: May 8, 2014
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The Black Keys will embark on an extensive North American tour this fall that includes a Dec. 20 show at Tulsa’s BOK Center.

Tulsa native St. Vincent will perform as special guest at the BOK Center concert, along with several other dates on the tour, according to a news release.

Promoted exclusively by Live Nation, the tour begins Sept. 5 in Columbus, Ohio, and runs through December, with dates at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, among others. The North American tour follows a summer European trek.

Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday to all fans pre-ordering the album at www.theblackkeys.com and to Citi cardmembers in the U.S. through Citi’s Private Pass Program at www.citiprivatepass.com.

Tickets go on-sale to the general public starting at 10 a.m. Friday, May 16. Tickets to the Tulsa show will be available at online at www.bokcenter.com, at Arby’s Box Office at the BOK Center, all ticket outlets, or by calling (866) 7-BOKCTR.

Ticket prices for the Tulsa show have not yet been released.

The tour supports The Black Keys’ highly anticipated new album, “Turn Blue,” which will be released Tuesday on Nonesuch Records and is now streaming exclusively on iTunes. In celebration of the release, the band will return to “Saturday Night Live” for their third musical guest appearance this Saturday.

Produced by Danger Mouse, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, “Turn Blue” comprises 11 new tracks, including the first single, “Fever,” which is currently No. 1 on AAA radio for the fourth straight week and No. 2 on Alternative radio. Additionally, the album’s title track recently premiered on Carney’s SiriusXM show, “Serious Boredom,” and can be heard here. Both songs are available as free instant downloads with album preorders at theblackkeys.com/turnblue; the LP, CD or digital version may also be ordered as part of ticket and T-shirt bundles at the band’s site. The songs are also on sale—alone or as free instant downloads with album preorders—on iTunes.

“Turn Blue” was recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles during the summer of 2013 with additional recording done at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, Mich., and Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound in Nashville in early 2014. Of the new album, the band says “Turn Blue” could refer to:

A: Suffocation

B: Sadness

C: Numbness from extreme cold

D: A Cleveland late night TV host from the 1960s named Ghoulardi

E: All of the above

Carney also adds in the news release, “We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record—not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either. On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We’re excited for the world to hear ‘Turn Blue.’”

This is the eighth full-length album from the duo and follows 2011’s critically and commercially acclaimed “El Camino,” which is now certified  platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Internationally, “El Camino” has been decreed gold in Belgium, Spain, Italy and Holland; platinum in Ireland, France and the U.K.; and double-platinum in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The record also resulted in three awards at the 55th annual Grammy Awards—Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. The band now has a total of six Grammy Awards, including three in 2010 for their breakout, the RIAA platinum-certified album “Brothers.”

THE BLACK KEYS TOUR

May 16-18 Gulf Shores, AL Hangout Music Fest

June 20 Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival

June 22 Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival

June 24 Zagreb, Croatia Inmusic Festival

June 25 Pilton, U.K. Glastonbury

June 27 St. Gallen, Switzerland Open Air St. Gallen (sold out)

June 28 Beuningen, Holland Down The Rabbit Hole

July 2 Gdansk, Poland Open’er Festival

 

July 4 Pas-de-Calais, France Main Square Festival

July 5 Werchter, Belgium Festivalpark Werchter

July 6 Belfort, France Les Eurockennes

July 8 Rome, Italy Rock In Rome

July 11 Lisboa, Portugal Optimus Alive

July 12 Bilbao, Spain Bilbao – BBK Live

July 15 Nîmes, France Festival de Nîmes

July 17 Les Vieilles Charrues, France Les Vieilles Charrues

July 20 Suffolk, U.K. Latitude Festival

July 22 Nyon, Switzerland Paleo Festival

Sept. 5 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center*

Sept. 6 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena*

Sept. 7 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena*

Sept. 9 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center*

Sept. 10 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center*

Sept. 12 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena*

Sept. 13 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center*

Sept. 14 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena*

Sept. 16 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre*

Sept. 18 Montreal, QC Bell Centre*

Sept. 20 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center*

Sept. 21 Boston, MA TD Garden*

Sept. 24 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center*

Sept. 25 Washington, DC Verizon Center*

Sept. 27 Chicago, IL United Center*

Oct. 24 Minneapolis, MN Target Center†

Oct. 25 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre†

Oct. 27 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome†

Oct. 28 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place†

Oct. 30 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum†

Oct. 31 Portland, OR Moda Center†

Nov. 1 Seattle, WA Key Arena†

Nov. 9 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl†

Nov. 10 Phoenix, AZ U.S. Airways Center†

Nov. 12 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center†

Nov. 13 Denver, CO Pepsi Center†

Nov. 15 Houston, TX Toyota Center†

Nov. 16 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center†

Dec. 4 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Arena‡

Dec. 5 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena‡

Dec. 6 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum‡

Dec. 8 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena‡

Dec. 9 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center‡

Dec. 11 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena‡

Dec. 12 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena‡

Dec. 13 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena‡

Dec. 15 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center‡

Dec. 16 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum‡

Dec. 17 Orlando, FL Amway Center‡

Dec. 19 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center‡

Dec. 20 Tulsa, OK BOK Center‡

Dec. 21 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center‡

*with special guest Cage The Elephant

†with special guest Jake Bugg

‡with special guest St. Vincent

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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