The Black Keys’ have cancelled their Australian and New Zealand tour where they were scheduled to appear for the first time at The Big Day Out concert series as well as headlining their own sideshows.
In a statement published on The Big Day Out website the band noted the reasons:
The Black Keys are sorry to announce the cancellation of the New Zealand and Australian tour including all appearances at the Big Day Out touring festival as well as a portion of the European tour in March. An arduous year of touring and promotion has drained the band and necessitated time off.
Dan and Patrick wish to thank all of you who have shown such incredible support since the release of ‘Brothers’ and have helped make the album a success.
Refunds for headline shows available at point of purchase.
It’s currently unclear exactly which of the European tour dates have been cancelled.
Patrick Carney lamented his exhaustion in this interview conducted in late 2010 previewing the Australia/New Zealand tour:
The Black Keys drummer is counting down the days until the band’s current tour around the States winds down.
“It’s going good, but it’s been going on too long now,” Carney yawns down the phone from California.
Carney might have a reason to feel exhausted. The band was on the road for the majority of 2010 – not exactly what he signed up for, he says.
“When we first started the band I thought we could make thousands of dollars and all you’d have to do is play on stage for 90 minutes, what a breeze.
“But I think I added it up and this year it’s 166 days I’ve been not at home. And then the days I have been home I think I’ve spent 50 of them in the studio or doing TV shows or rehearsing. I basically am always working.
These comments put into context just how hard the band have been working of late. No wonder they’re fatigued, though obviously by booking the 2011 Australia/NZ tour earlier in 2010 they clearly thought they’d be able to soldier on through the inevitable exhaustion of near continuous touring.