Two powerful modern rock bands will burst into Norfolk, guitars blazing, in March. An announcement made Monday, Dec. 5, said that the American band Black Keys will team with England's Arctic Monkeys for a show March 23 at the Ted Constant Center.
Tickets -- $42.50 and $47.50 -- go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9 from COXTix.com.
The Black Keys are set to release a new album, "El Camino," on Tuesday, Dec. 6. It finds the guitar-and-drums duo collaboarating once again with producer Danger Mouse, who also helped create the group's 2008 album "Attack and Release."
Meanwhile, The Arctic Monkeys are a band that's trying to gain a foothold in America after already surviving Next Big Thing status in their native Great Britain. When the group released its debut album in 2006, the English press expected them to conquer the world. That hasn't turned out to be the case on American shores, but the band's albums have attracted generally positive reviews.
Its most recent disc is "Suck it and See" which was released back in June. It peaked at No. 14 on Billboard's albums chart.
Here's a press release about the Norfolk show.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THE BLACK KEYS AND SPECIAL GUESTS ARCTIC MONKEYS STOP IN NORFOLK AT THE TED CONSTANT
CONVOCATION CENTER ON MARCH 23
TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 AT 10 AM EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH COX TIX
The Black Keys U.S. Tour is coming to the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Friday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at $42.50 and $47.50 and go on sale Friday, December 9, 2011 at 10:00 am through COXTix.com, the Constant Center Box Office or charge by phone at 888-3-COXTIX. Special guests Arctic Monkeys will open for The Black Keys. In order to receive all of the information you need regarding pre sale information sign up to the Constant Center All Access Club at www.constantcenter.com.
The Black Keys will embark on the first leg of their U.S. tour this March, in support of their new album, El Camino, due out December 6 on Nonesuch Records. Additionally, The Black Keys are teaming up with Tickets-for-Charity to offer fans access to some of the best seats in the house. Proceeds will benefit Community Support Services in Akron, OH and W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville, TN.
Produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys, El Camino was recorded in the band’s new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011. The album’s first single, “Lonely Boy,” has been climbing the radio charts rapidly and is rising toward #1 on the Alternative and AAA charts. Additionally, the accompanying video has been viewed nearly three million times on YouTube.
Describing the sound of the album, drummer Patrick Carney tells Rolling Stone, “Every record, we figure out the mood and stick with that. With Brothers, we were listening to a lot of hip-hop and old R&B and drawing from that. This is the first record we’ve made where it’s all rock & roll.” And in an interview with Spin Magazine Auerbach says, “I’ve never been into guitar solos. I really like when every instrument in the band is a rhythm instrument. This record has a lot of that going on—guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards all working together as a rhythm instrument. But unlike Brothers, which has more of these slower songs with an open feeling, [the new LP] is definitely fast.”
Tickets for all Constant Center events are available through COXTix.com, at the Constant Center box office, or charge-by-phone at 888-3-COXTIX. Join the free Constant Center Cyber Club and receive advance notices and special offers to future events at www.constantcenter.com. You can also become a fan and follow the Ted Constant Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tedconstantcenter and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/constantcenter for special contests and daily updates.
About The Black Keys The Black Keys—Akron, OH natives Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney—released their debut album, The Big Come Up, in 2002, followed by Thickfreakness (2003) and Rubber Factory (2004). In 2006 they signed to Nonesuch Records in the U.S. and released their fourth album, Magic Potion, which was followed by the Danger Mouse-produced Attack & Release in 2008. El Camino is the first Black Keys album Nonesuch will release worldwide.
About Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys are an English indie rock band. Formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield, the band currently consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, Lead/rhythm guitar), Jamie Cook (rhythm/lead guitar), Nick O'Malley (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Matt Helders (drums, percussion, backing vocals). Former members include Andy Nicholson (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Glyn Jones (lead vocals, rhythm guitar). The band has released four studio albums: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (2006), Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007), Humbug (2009) and Suck It and See (2011), as well as one live album At the Apollo (2008). Their debut album became the fastest-selling debut album in British music history, surpassing Oasis' Definitely Maybe and remains the fastest-selling debut album for a band in the UK. Arctic Monkeys are heralded as one of the first acts to come to the public attention via the Internet (fan-based sites rather than from the band), with commentators suggesting they represented the possibility of a change in the way in which new bands are promoted and marketed.
About Global Spectrum The Ted Constant Convocation Center is managed by Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com), the fastest growing firm in the public assembly facility management field with more than 85 facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The Philadelphia-based company is part of one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies, Comcast-Spectacor, which also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, a regional sports programming network, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, and Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company and 3601 Creative Group, a full-service in-house advertising agency. In a partnership with Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor annually produces 10 nationally televised figure skating spectaculars on NBC.
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