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The Black Keys' El Camino Rolls into KeyArena this May – Tickets On Sale Now


When The White Stripes announced that they’d split, it left a two-person-shaped hole in the hearts of the country’s alt-rock fans. While Jack White has since risen from the ashes, it seemed that we needed a new two-man band to step up.

Enter The Black Keys. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney (along with touring musicians Gus Seyffert and John Wood) are currently on the road again, and on May 8th, 2012, they’ll take over Seattle’s KeyArena for one of the hottest shows this Spring. Given that Britain’s Arctic Monkeys are providing the support, you can expect this to be a seriously riff-heavy guitarfest.

While Auerbach and Carney have been around since 2002’s The Big Come Up, it was only with 2010’s Brothers that they truly started to fulfill their indie rock promise. With last year’s El Camino the transformation was complete – the little touring band from Akron, Ohio, was finally the biggest arena sensation to hit since Kings of Leon. It may have been a slow train coming, but no one could deny that The Black Keys had put in the hard yards.

My personal preference would have been for Japandroids or San Fran’s Two Gallants to step into the breach, but there’s an undeniable energy behind Carney and Auerbach’s rise that can’t be denied. With El Camino they’ve taken their garage blues sound and turned it up to eleven. While Brothers was classic R&B/soul rewired through distorted Marshall amps, El Camino takes us back to their hard-rockin’ bluesy roots, amping up that Black Keys sound to fill the arenas that seem more and more like their birthright. It’s no coincidence that it was named after their early touring vehicle.

Tickets are available now for the May 8th show at KeyArena, and as this article goes live there are still plenty of seats available. You can find tickets on Ticketmaster, with prices ranging from $50-$65, plus fees. The new ticket app on the Ticketmaster site also allows you to pick your own seats – and to see where your friends are sitting via Facebook. Maybe we don’t miss The White Stripes too much after all…