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The Black Keys Announce New Tour Dates with Special Guests The Flaming Lips

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The Black Keys, who are up for five awards at the 55th annual Grammy Awards—Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album—have just announced a series of special dates with The Flaming Lips for this April and May. The bands will perform at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 28; CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh on April 30; Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta on May 2; and Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on May 3. For additional details, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

The Grammy nominations and tour follow a highly successful year for the duo, whose critically acclaimed Nonesuch album, El Camino, was recently certified RIAA Platinum. Touring highlights over the past year include sold-out shows at Chicago’s United Center, DC’s Verizon Center, and two nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden, plus headlining appearances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and The Global Poverty Project's Global Festival. The band also toured extensively overseas last year including two nights at the 02 Arena in London. MTV describes their Global Festival show as “a set of searing, hard-riffing rock, one that had the 60,000 who packed Central Park’s Great Lawn losing their collective minds,” while Rolling Stone calls the recent shows “their biggest, baddest tour ever.” Additionally, on December 15, the duo joined The Rolling Stones on stage for their final “50 and Counting” concert.

Released December 6, 2011, on Nonesuch Records, El Camino was produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys and was recorded in the band’s new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011. The record debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and the band is the #1 most played artist at Alternative and AAA radio formats for 2012. The album’s first single, “Lonely Boy,” reached #1 on the Alternative and AAA charts; it also entered the top 10 at Rock radio. The second single, “Gold on the Ceiling,” also reached #1 on Alternative radio and the third single, “Little Black Submarines” is currently top 3 at Alternative radio. In addition to El Camino’s success, the band's previous album, Brothers, was recently certified RIAA Platinum.

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