The Black Keys Cancel Entire North American Tour, Retread Toward Smaller, ‘Intimate’ Venues

The Black Keys cancel stadium tour
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The Black Keys cancel their North American arena tour following low ticket sales, promising to rebook the tour in smaller, more ‘intimate’ venues.

After quietly canceling their entire North American arena tour, which many speculated was because of low ticket sales, The Black Keys announce they will be rebooking the tour in smaller venues. The duo recently finished up the European and UK leg of the tour in support of their latest album, Ohio Players.

“The band wants to assure everyone that Dan [Auerbach] and Patrick [Carney] are alive and well,” the band posted to their social media accounts. “Following the recent run of shows in the UK and Europe, including stops at iconic venues like Brixton Academy and the Zenith in Paris, we have decided to make some changes to the North American leg of the International Players Tour that will enable us to offer a similarly exciting, intimate experience for both fans and the band, and will be announcing a revised set of dates shortly.”

“Everyone who had purchased tickets and/or VIP to the initial tour dates will be fully refunded — and when the new plans are announced, will be the first to be able to buy tickets,” the statement continues. “Thank you for your understanding and apologies for the surprise change; we’re pretty sure everyone is going to be excited when you see what we have in mind though, and look forward to seeing everyone soon.”

Previously, The Black Keys’ North American arena tour was scheduled to kick off in September and run through November. Some fans seemed to balk at the ticket prices, which ranged from $100 to $300. Others expressed disappointment that the band was taking to larger venues in the first place, with comments on social media lamenting the lack of the “intimate vibes” from the Keys’ earlier performances.

Notably, although The Black Keys have toured arenas before, their recent album was their least successful commercial release in almost 20 years. Ohio Players, upon release in April, debuted at No. 26 on the Billboard 200, whereas their previous album, 2022’s Dropout Boogie, debuted at No. 8.

Aside from their rescheduled tour dates, the band is scheduled to play at the NASCAR Chicago Street Race on July 6.