Having already announced their return to Australian shores as part of the highly anticipated 2015 Byron Bay Bluesfest, The Black Keys have now confirmed they will be bringing their Turn Blue World Tour with them. The blues rock duo will now play headlining shows, rolling through venues in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide.
In addition to headlining Bluesfest 2015 and dates in select capital cities across Australia, guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney will be the first artists to play Roundhouse Entertainment’s inaugural Rolling Green events at wineries in Victoria’s Yarra Valley and the Hunter Valley in NSW.
The duo first aired their plans for a 2015 return back in May when Auerbach told The Australian that they were “planning a return early next year”, while indicating that they would be taking on a lighter schedule. Though looking at the dates below, it doesn’t look like things have slowed down for the busy pair.
The seven-time Grammy Award winners began their ongoing love affair with Aussie fans back in 2003, shortly after the release of their highly acclaimed second album, Thickfreakness. They quickly became regular visitors, making the long trip Down Under another six times, last appearing in 2012.
“We actually have a couple of different players [now],” Auerbach told Triple J. “One of the guys who plays bass with us now is a friend of mine named Richard Swift. He’s a great musician, makes amazing records. Love the dude to death. And the guy playing keyboards is Juan Palo, he’s like kind of a psychopath, really.”
When asked if the two had ever played a winery before, Auerbach joked, “Pat lives on a winery, he whines constantly.” Remarking on the band’s early visits to Australia, the guitarist explained, “I was freaked out for half of that trip just because of that plane flight. I couldn’t comprehend how you could be in the air so long. I couldn’t comprehend how that massive thing had enough fuel… Now, it’s just a walk in the park.”
The new tour comes in celebration of the band’s hugely successful eighth full-length album, Turn Blue, the follow-up to 2011’s platinum-selling El Camino. The new album debuted in the top spot on both the Billboard 200 and ARIA charts, making it The Black Keys’ highest charting album to date internationally.
“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,” said Carney of the group’s latest album, which featured production from studio maestro Danger Mouse.
Tickets and on sale details for all shows are below.
Gallery: The Black Keys – Sydney, Entertainment Centre 22/10/2012
Photos by Ed Watson
The Black Keys Australian Tour Dates
Byron Bay Bluesfest tickets on sale now
Rolling Green tickets on sale from 9am Thursday, 11th September 2014
Tour tickets on sale from 12 noon Thursday, 11th September 2014
Friday, 3rd April 2015
Bluesfest, Byron Bay NSW
Sunday, 5th April 2015
Rolling Green, Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley VIC
Tickets: Rolling Green
Tuesday, 7th April 2015
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne VIC
Friday, 10th April 2015
Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney NSW
Saturday, 11th April 2015
Rolling Green, Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley NSW
Tickets: Rolling Green
Tuesday, 14th April 2015
Red Hill Auditorium, Perth WA
Thursday, 16th April 2015
Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide SA