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Fort Worth's hot new arena gets ready to rock with Black Keys show

Fort Worth's hot new arena gets ready to rock with Black Keys show

The Black Keys
The Black Keys guys bring their "Let's Rock" tour to Dickies Arena. Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

The two-man rock machine known as The Black Keys are back — and they are hitting the road with a tour that'll rock the stage at Fort Worth's new Dickies Arena this fall.

Akron, Ohio guys Dan Auerbach (guitar) and Patrick Carney (drums) announced their "Let's Rock" tour on March 14. It will begin on September 21 in Las Vegas and end on November 24 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Keys will make a Fort Worth stop on November 14 as part of the Texas leg of the tour, which also includes shows in Houston on November 12 and Austin on November 13. (Note: no Dallas. Sorry, Dallas. You'll have to come to Fort Worth for this show.) Modest Mouse and Sharon & the Clams will open up for them on those dates.

The Keys' concert date is the earliest announced for Dickies Arena, which is set to open in the fall. The show is taking place the week before George Strait's two-night stint November 22-23. Strait had been widely speculated to be the 14,000-seat venue's opening act.

Dickes Arena is the $540 million venue that has been under construction on the grounds of the Will Rogers Memorial Center west of downtown Fort Worth since February 2017. Besides hosting concerts, it will be home to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, and has been tapped to host future NCAA men’s basketball rounds and the NCAA women’s gymnastics championships.

The Black Keys' announcement comes after the band just released a new song last week: "Lo/Hi," the first new music they've done together in five years. The pair has dabbled separately since the release of their last album, the Danger Mouse-co-produced Turn Blue, in 2014.

Auerbach formed the Easy Eye Sound record label (named after his Nashville studio) in 2017, where he released his second solo album, Waiting on a Song. 

Carney has produced music for other artists, including Karen Elson, Michelle Branch, and Jessy Wilson. He also composed the theme music for the Netflix show Bojack Horseman, along with his late uncle Ralph Carney.

Fans at the shows can expect new tunes and classics — and to sing along to the one of the decades's most recognizable choruses, the "da da, da da, da" from the wildly popular, "Howlin' for You." 

Tickets for all dates go on sale to the general public beginning 10 am March 22 on the Black Keys' website. Fans can register now through 9 pm March 17 for Ticketmaster's Verified Fan presale here. Registered fans who receive a code will have access to purchase tickets before the general public.