Why did The Black Keys cancel tour? Rock band assures fans - "Dan and Patrick are alive and well"

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The Black Keys have finally revealed the reason behind canceling their 2024 North America tour. The band was scheduled to perform in North America between September to November 2024. The segment was a part of their International Players Tour.

On May 27, 2024, The Black Keys, comprising Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, took to Instagram and X (formerly Twitter) to offer an explanation to their fans while promising a "similarly exciting, intimate experience" soon. They wrote:

“The band wants to assure everyone that Dan and Patrick are alive and well. Following the recent run of shows in the UK and Europe, including stops at iconic venues like Brixton Academy and the Zenith in Paris, we have decided to make some changes to the North American leg of the ‘International Players’ Tour that will enable us to offer a similarly exciting, intimate experience for both fans and the band, and will be announcing a revised set of dates shortly.”

The band also informed that those who purchased tickets for the initial dates will get a full refund and the opportunity to get tickets first when the new dates are announced. The caption read:

“Everyone who had purchased tickets and/or VIP to the initial tour dates will be fully refunded – and when the new plans are announced, will be the first to be able to buy tickets."

The band apologized for the inconvenience and looked forward to meeting their fans soon. Further said:

“Thank you for your understanding and apologies for the surprise change… We’re pretty sure everyone is going to be excited when you see what we have in mind though, and look forward to seeing everyone soon.”

About The Black Keys International Players Tour

The International Players tour was to promote the rock duo's recently released twelfth studio album, Ohio Players. The album was released on April 5 and ranked 13 on the UK chart, and number 26 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album includes collaborations with artists like Noel Gallagher and Beck alongside singles like Beautiful People (Stay High), Forgot To Be Your Lover and This Is Nowhere.

The Black Keys announced their tour at the beginning of April and was scheduled to begin in September 2024. The band was supposed to perform at multiple popular spots across North America, such as Madison Square Garden in New York and Kia Forum in Los Angeles.

Other stops included Milwaukee, Seattle, and Boston, with a final stop at Little Caesar Arena in Detroit on November 12.

Fans first realized that The Black Keys had canceled their North America leg after all announced dates were marked 'canceled' on the Ticketmaster website. The band also removed all the dates from their official website, except one solo performance of the rock duo, which isn't canceled.

The Black Keys is slated to perform at NASCAR’s Chicago Street Race on July 6, 2024. Those interested can still purchase tickets for the event through the band's official website. The tickets are priced at around $317 for both dates of the event.

The band has also successfully wrapped up their Europe and UK edition of the International Players Tour, which began on April 27 and ended on May 13.

The duo also recently released a documentary titled This Is a Film About the Black Keys on March 11, 2024, at the SWSX show. The documentary was directed by Jeff Dupre and talks about the rise of the band and how Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney met.

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