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The Black Keys' "Tour Rehearsal Tapes" EP Out Now on iTunes; "El Camino" Certified RIAA Platinum

The Black Keys: "Tour Rehearsal Tapes" [cover]

Tour Rehearsal Tapes, a new digital EP from The Black Keys, is out today on Nonesuch Records. Available exclusively on iTunes for the first two weeks, the EP features six songs recorded live in the studio during December 2011 (see below for full track listing). The EP comes as the duo’s acclaimed 2011 full-length album, El Camino, is officially certified RIAA Platinum in the US. It is also Platinum in Ireland and UK; double Platinum in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand; and Gold in Belgium and France. The band’s 2010 breakthrough album, Brothers, is also certified RIAA Platinum.

This spring and summer, The Black Keys played sold-out shows at arenas around the world, including Chicago’s United Center, DC’s Verizon Center, and two at New York’s Madison Square Garden, as well as headlining festivals such as Coachella and Lollapalooza. On September 29, the band also joined fellow headliners Neil Young with Crazy Horse and Foo Fighters in New York’s Central Park for a free concert in front of nearly 60,000 fans as part of Global Festival 2012. The Black Keys have been touring the West Coast this month, including two nights at L.A.’s Staples Center this past weekend, and will close out the first night of the Austin City Limits Music Festival this Friday. See below for all of the currently scheduled 2012 tour dates; for additional details and ticket links, go to

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; its first single, “Lonely Boy,” reached #1 on the Alternative and AAA radio charts and is certified RIAA Gold. The second single, “Gold on the Ceiling,” also reached #1 at Alternative and #3 at AAA; both songs entered the top 10 at Rock radio. The third single, “Little Black Submarines,” is currently in the top 5 at Alternative radio. Other highlights from the past year include appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, and the Late Show with David Letterman. The band also recently was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone.

The Black Keys—Akron, OH, natives Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney—released their debut album, The Big Come Up, in 2002, followed by Thickfreakness (2003) and Rubber Factory (2004). In 2006 they signed to Nonesuch Records in the US and released their fourth album, Magic Potion, which was followed by the Danger Mouse-produced Attack & Release in 2008 and the Grammy Award-winning Brothers in 2010. El Camino is the first Black Keys album Nonesuch released worldwide.

To download The Black Keys' Tour Rehearsal Tapes, head to iTunes now.


1. Dead and Gone (Live In Studio)
2. Gold on the Ceiling (Live In Studio)
3. Lonely Boy (Live In Studio)
4. Next Girl (Live In Studio)
5. Run Right Back (Live In Studio)
6. Tighten Up (Live In Studio)



Oct 9 US Airways Center Phoenix, AZ
Oct 10 Pan American Center Las Cruces, NM
Oct 12 Austin City Limits Festival Austin, TX

Oct 14 Corona Capital Festival Mexico City, MEXICO

Oct 21 Newcastle Entertainment Centre Broadmeadow, AUSTRALIA
Oct 22&23 Sydney Entertainment Centre Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Oct 26 Brisbane Entertainment Centre Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
Oct 28 Rock It Festival Perth, AUSTRALIA
Oct 30 Adelaide Entertainment Centre Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
Oct 31–Nov 1 Sidney Myer Music Bowl Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Nov 3 Vector Arena Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
Nov 5 TSB Bank Arena Wellington, NEW ZEALAND

Nov 27 Atlántico Lisbon, PORTUGAL
Nov 28 Palacio de Deportes Madrid, SPAIN
Nov 30 Halle Tony Garnier Lyon, FRANCE
Dec 1 Palaolimpico Turin, ITALY
Dec 3 Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Dec 4 Olympiahalle Munich, GERMANY
Dec 5 ISS Dome Dusseldorf, GERMANY
Dec 7 Metro Radio Arena Newcastle, UK
Dec 8 SECC Glasgow, UK
Dec 9 NIA Birmingham, UK
Dec 11 Areba Manchester, UK
Dec 12&13 O2 Arena London, UK
Dec 30&31 Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas, NV


will these be sold as flac by you guys? itunes quality is the issue. please. pretty please. mounds of sugar on top, too.

OK, we're suckers for sugar, Kris! We'll be offering the EP as both 320 kbps MP3s and FLAC files in the Nonesuch Store starting October 23.

Will these ever be put out on vinyl?

This one's just scheduled as a digital EP, Eric.

No vinyl = No money from me! itunes NEVER!

Definitely consider releasing this on vinyl--was thinking it would make a great candidate for a Black Friday/RSD limited release!

I agree with Nick - WE NEED THE VINYL !!!

well, you know it will be in the raw, right? :)

The Black Keys are doing amazing things for music. There are a bunch of music scenes that are really thriving (and probably about to be exploited and implode!) but Nashville's is getting really special and good. Bands like D. Watusi, Natural Child, Mystery Twins, PUJOL, & Useless Eaters. (not to mention Jack White).

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