The Black Keys Cancel Australian Tour Including Bluesfest

The Black Keys Cancel Australian Tour Including Bluesfest

The Black Keys have cancelled their Australian tour due to the serious shoulder injury to drummer, Patrick Carney. Carney dislocated and broke his shoulder when he was dumped by a wave during a New Year’s break in St Barts in the Caribbean.
Carney has undergone extensive physiotherapy since surgery to repair the damage. Despite having to cancel European dates in March, he was confident he would be fit ready for the Australian leg of their world tour but complications developed with Carney developing an infection and doctors ruling out a return to playing.

That is the fourth cancellation for Bluesfest with Lenny Kravitz, Sheppard and Ben Howard are all now off the bill. Needless to say, all The Black Keys sideshows around Australia are also cancelled.

The band has issued an official statement saying, “We are very sorry to have to cancel our upcoming performances through April 23. Patrick sustained a dislocated and broken shoulder in January that required surgery. Working with the doctors, surgeons and physiotherapists since January, we had expected Patrick to be ready to return to touring in April. The recovery process and physical therapy has taken longer than anticipated and unfortunately Patrick is still unable to perform and needs additional time to heal. We thank all of our fans for their ongoing support and we look forward to getting back on the road as soon as possible.”

The Black Keys Cancel Australian Tour Including Bluesfest

The Black Keys’ Australian & New Zealand Promoter, Brian Taranto from Love Police Touring said: “We have taken great pride in promoting The Black Keys for over 10 years now from small clubs to big arenas and festivals. We were incredibly excited about the shows that were about to happen but there is no way around cancelling the tour with the extent of Pat’s injury. You just can’t have The Black Keys with no drums. We sincerely apologise for the hassle this cancellation will cause fans.”

Bluesfest Festival Director, Peter Noble, said it was a terrible loss for Bluesfest but that the 2015 festival would still be one of the best.

"We feel sorry for The Black Keys fans all over the world who were hoping to see them at Bluesfest and other venues which they have now had to cancel due to drummer Patrick Carney's ongoing issues with his shoulder injury. We love The Black Keys, and will miss them at Bluesfest this year and look forward to having them play in future.", Peter Noble said.

Rolling Green promoter Michael Newton said: "This is obviously hugely disappointing news as we knew The Black Keys were the perfect band to get the very first Rolling Green up and running and the bill with Spiderbait, Band Of Skulls and Bad//Dreems was a killer. I know there will be a lot of disappointed fans out there. We will have more news on the Rolling Green front for next season, so stand by!”

All Australian, New Zealand and Japanese tour dates have been cancelled. The tour will resume at Barcelona in Spain for the Primavera Sound Music Festival.

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
The Black Keys Cancel Australian Tour Including Bluesfest


April 2 Riverstage - Brisbane
April 3 Bluesfest - Byron Bay
April 5 Rolling Green - Rochford Wines Yarra Valley,
April 7 Margaret Court Arena - Melbourne,
April 10 Qantas Credit Union Arena - Sydney,
April 11 Rolling Green - Bimbadgen Winery Hunter Valley
April 14 Red Hill Auditorium - Perth,
April 16 Entertainment Centre Theatre - Adelaide
April 18 Horncastle Arena - Christchurch, New Zealand
April 19 Vector Arena - Auckland, New Zealand
April 22 Studio Coast - Tokyo, Japan
April 23 Studio Coast - Tokyo, Japan



All tickets (outside of Bluesfest Byron Bay) will be refunded at their point of purchase.

For Bluesfest, refunds for Friday 3rd of April (only) will be made available from 9am Tuesday 24th of March until 5pm Friday 27th of March. Please email or call the Bluesfest office directly on 02 6685 8310 to speak to one of their friendly staff members.

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