The Black Keys issue statement about cancelled arena tour

The topic of The Black Keyscancelled fall arena tour has been generating a lot of discussion on social media over the past couple of days, and the band, who hadn’t released a statement previously, have now spoken out about it. In a message on Instagram, they write:

The band wants to assure everyone that Dan & Patrick are alive and well.

Following the recent run of shows in the UK & 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.

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.

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.

The shows, which were scheduled from September 17-November 12 in North America, mostly with The Head and The Heart, had disappeared off Black Keys’ website, and been listed on Ticketmaster as cancelled without an explanation. See all cancelled dates below.

September 17 Tulsa, OK BOK Center *
September 18 Austin, TX Moody Center *
September 20 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
September 21 Houston, TX Toyota Center *
September 24 Denver, CO Ball Arena
September 26 Phoenix, AZ Footprint Center *
September 27 Los Angeles, CA Kia Forum *
September 28 Palm Desert, CA Acrisure Arena *
September 29 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre *
October 2 Portland, OR Moda Center
October 3 Seattle, WA Climate Pledge Arena
October 10 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena *
October 11 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena *
October 12 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse *
October 13 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena *
October 16 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center *
October 18 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena *
October 19 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena *
October 21 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center *
October 23 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
October 24 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena *
October 26 Indianapolis, IN Gainbridge Fieldhouse *
October 27 Knoxville, TN Food City Center *
October 30 New York, NY Madison Square Garden *
November 1 Boston, MA TD Garden
November 2 Baltimore, MD CFG Bank Arena *
November 3 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
November 7 Chicago, IL United Center *
November 9 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum *
November 10 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
November 12 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena *

* With supporting act The Head and The Heart