The Black Keys Are Already Planning Their Next Album

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 09.03.14 in News

Ever since their humble, made-for-TV beginnings in Akron, Ohio, The Black Keys have rarely let more than a few years pass by without releasing a new record. And while Turn Blue hit shops less than four months ago, drummer Patrick Carney told Billboard the duo would already be back in the studio were it not for their fall tour.

“By the time this record came out we were ready to make another one,” he explained. “We started the band because we wanted to make albums. We wanted to make one record, and then we found out we had to tour. We didn’t play our first show ’til after our first record was recorded, so it’s always been about making records, and it’s been a process in growing to become good performers.”

Part of that growth has been a balancing act — learning to embrace arena-sized visuals without turning their stripped-down sound into a circus act. “There’s two lighting designers and we let them do what they want,” Carney said of their upcoming stateside trek, “but we just told them we wanted to keep it classic. So it’ll be a lot of really weird 70′s par cans and stuff mixed with some moving screens and kind of super-contemporary video stuff. The main thing is we want to look cool but not be pretentious. And we didn’t want any lasers.”

The Black Keys start their tour on Friday in Columbus, Ohio, and wind it down on December 21 in Kansas City, Missouri, leaving the rest of winter wide open for the album sessions Carney and frontman Dan Auerbach hope to spark. As for how it might sound, Carney insisted, “It’s not like we have an idea of what direction we want to go in or anything … I don’t want to go somewhere too pre-planned. We always want to go somewhere different.”

The Black Keys tour dates:
9/5 Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center *
9/6 Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena *
9/7 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena *
9/9 Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center *
9/10 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center *
9/12 Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena *
9/13 Pittsburgh, PA – CONSOL Energy Center *
9/14 Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena *
9/16 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre *
9/18 Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre *
9/20 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center *
9/21 Boston, MA – TD Garden *
9/24 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center *
9/25 Washington, DC – Verizon Center *
9/27 Chicago, IL – United Center *
10/24 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center †
10/25 Winnipeg, Manitoba – MTS Centre †
10/27 Calgary, Alberta – Scotiabank Saddledome †
10/28 Edmonton, Alberta – Rexall Place †
10/30 Vancouver, British Columbia – Pacific Coliseum †
10/31 Portland, OR – Moda Centers †
11/1 Seattle, WA – KeyArena †
11/9 San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl †
11/10 Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center †
11/12 Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center †
11/13 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center †
11/15 Houston, TX – Toyota Center †
11/16 Dallas,TX – American Airlines Center †
12/4 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Arena ‡
12/5 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena ‡
12/6 Richmond, VA – Richmond Coliseum ‡
12/8 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena ‡
12/9 St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center ‡
12/11 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena ‡
12/12 Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena ‡
12/13 Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena ‡
12/15 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center ‡
12/16 Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum ‡
12/17 Orlando, FL – Amway Center ‡
12/19 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center ‡
12/20 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center ‡
12/21 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center ‡

* With Cage The Elephant
† With Jake Bugg
‡ With St. Vincent