El Camino Tour

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El Camino Tour
Blackkeys.jpg
Promotional poster for tour
Tour by The Black Keys
Associated album El Camino
Start date January 23, 2012 (2012-01-23)
End date July 13, 2013 (2013-07-13)
Legs 9
Shows 129

The El Camino Tour was a worldwide concert tour by American rock duo The Black Keys in support of their 2011 studio album, El Camino. The tour, which spanned 129 shows, began on January 23, 2012, and ended on July 13, 2013. It was the group's first tour playing arenas as a headlining act.[1] The tour grossed $12.7 million in 2012.[2]

Background[edit]

In December 2011, The Black Keys announced a 2012 concert tour, their first playing arenas as a headlining act.[3] The tour opened in Europe on January 23, 2012 with three weeks of shows,[4] before visiting North America from March to May.[5][6] The tour made multiple return visits to Europe and North America throughout the year, while also visiting Australasia from October through November.[7][8] In total, the group played 112 shows in 2012.[9] Among the support acts that accompanied the band were Band of Skulls,[10] Arctic Monkeys,[6] and Tegan and Sara.[11] After tickets went on sale, The Black Keys' concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City sold out in 15 minutes,[12] resulting in the addition of a second date at the venue to satisfy demand.[13] The tour ended on July 13, 2013, after 129 shows.[14]

Just as it did on its previous tour, the group added bassist Gus Seyffert and keyboardist/guitarist John Wood as touring musicians in order to perform songs as close to their studio arrangements as possible.[15][16] Guitarist Dan Auerbach explained the decision for the expanded live band: "It wasn't about the size of the venue. It was just that we could afford to do it and our songs deserved it. We wanted to finally present the songs like we'd written them."[17] During the middle portion of each concert, Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney played older material as a duo without the backing musicians. Many critics singled these performances out as the shows' highlights.[18][19][20]

The concert stage used an austere setup with a lighting system and video projections designed by Karl Lemieux.[21] The lighting comprised four banks of on-stage vintage spotlights,[20] along with two disco balls and a lighted sign bearing the band's name that were lowered for the encores.[22] Lemieux's video, which was projected onto a white sheet at the stage's rear, incorporated black-and-white footage of junkyards, deserts, and open highways.[20][23] Carney explained that the band was aiming for a retro aesthetic, saying, "We kind of wanted to make the whole stage look like an old-school rock 'n' roll show, as much as possible. We're referencing bands in the '70s, what they were doing when they were playing arenas."[16] Moreover, the footage was meant to pay homage to the group's origins. Auerbach said, "We wanted it to represent our music and the Midwest where we're from, the Rust Belt and open spaces. We find that stuff beautiful and uplifting."[24]

Support acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

  1. "Howlin' for You"
  2. "Next Girl"
  3. "Run Right Back"
  4. "Same Old Thing"
  5. "Dead and Gone"
  6. "Gold on the Ceiling"
  7. "Thickfreakness"
  8. "Girl Is on My Mind"
  9. "I'll Be Your Man"
  10. "Your Touch"
  11. "Little Black Submarines"
  12. "Money Maker"
  13. "Strange Times"
  14. "Chop and Change" (North America) / "Sinister Kid" (Australasia)
  15. "Nova Baby"
  16. "Ten Cent Pistol"
  17. "Tighten Up"
  18. "Lonely Boy"
Encore
  1. "Everlasting Light"
  2. "She's Long Gone"
  3. "I Got Mine"

Source:[29]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Leg 1: Europe
January 23, 2012 Antwerp Belgium Lotto Arena
January 24, 2012 Lille France Zénith
January 25, 2012 Paris Zénith de Paris
January 27, 2012 Hamburg Germany Sporthalle
January 28, 2012 Berlin Arena Berlin
January 30, 2012 Milan Italy Alcatraz
January 31, 2012 Zurich Switzerland Maag Halle
February 1, 2012 Eindhoven Netherlands Klokgebouw
February 3, 2012 Nottingham England Capital FM Arena
February 4, 2012 Edinburgh Scotland Corn Exchange
February 6, 2012 Manchester England O2 Apollo
February 7, 2012
February 9, 2012 London Alexandra Palace
February 10, 2012
February 11, 2012
Leg 2: North America
March 2, 2012 Cincinnati United States U.S. Bank Arena
March 3, 2012 Detroit Joe Louis Arena
March 4, 2012 Columbus Value City Arena
March 6, 2012 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center
March 7, 2012 Boston TD Garden
March 9, 2012 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
March 10, 2012 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
March 12, 2012 New York City Madison Square Garden
March 13, 2012 Montreal Canada Bell Centre
March 14, 2012 Toronto Air Canada Centre
March 16, 2012 Indianapolis United States Bankers Life Fieldhouse
March 18, 2012 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena
March 19, 2012 Chicago United Center
March 20, 2012 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena
March 22, 2012 New York City Madison Square Garden
March 23, 2012 Norfolk Constant Convocation Center
March 24, 2012 Charlotte Bojangles' Coliseum
March 31, 2012 New Orleans Woldenberg Park
April 13, 2012[A] Indio Empire Polo Club
April 20, 2012[A]
April 22, 2012[B] Frisco FC Dallas Stadium
April 24, 2012 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
April 25, 2012 Austin Frank Erwin Center
April 27, 2012 St. Louis Chaifetz Arena
April 28, 2012 Tulsa BOK Center
April 30, 2012 Denver 1stBank Center
May 1, 2012
May 2, 2012 Salt Lake City Maverik Center
May 4, 2012 Oakland Oracle Arena
May 5, 2012 Sacramento Power Balance Pavilion
May 7, 2012 Portland Rose Garden
May 8, 2012 Seattle KeyArena
May 9, 2012 Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena
May 11, 2012 Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome
May 12, 2012 Edmonton Rexall Place
May 14, 2012 Winnipeg MTS Centre
May 15, 2012 Minneapolis United States Target Center
May 16, 2012 Milwaukee Bradley Center
May 18, 2012 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
May 19, 2012 Atlantic City Ovation Hall
July 20, 2012[C] Dover, Delaware Dover International Speedway
July 21, 2012[C]
July 22, 2012[C]
July 28, 2012[D] New York City Randall's Island
August 1, 2012 Council Bluffs Mid-America Center
August 3, 2012[E] Chicago Grant Park
August 4, 2012 Toronto Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
August 5, 2012[F] Montreal Parc Jean-Drapeau
Leg 3: Europe
August 9, 2012[G] Gothenburg Sweden Slottsskogen
August 10, 2012[H] Oslo Norway Middelalderparken
August 11, 2012[I] Helsinki Finland Suvilahti
August 13, 2012 Copenhagen Denmark Tap1
August 14, 2012 Hanover Germany AWD Hall
August 15, 2012[J] Sankt Pölten Austria Green Park
August 17, 2012[K] Biddinghuizen Netherlands Spijk en Bremerberg
August 18, 2012[L] Hasselt Belgium Kempische Steenweg
August 19, 2012[M] Leipzig Germany Störmthaler Lake
August 21, 2012[N] Belfast Northern Ireland Boucher Playing Fields
August 22, 2012 Dublin Ireland The O2
August 24, 2012[O] Leeds England Bramham Park
August 25, 2012[P] Paris France Domaine National de Saint-Cloud
August 26, 2012[O] Reading England Little John's Farm
Leg 4: North America
September 29, 2012[Q] New York City United States Central Park
October 1, 2012 Fresno Save Mart Center
October 2, 2012 Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Bowl
October 4, 2012 San Diego Valley View Casino Center
October 5, 2012 Los Angeles Staples Center
October 6, 2012
October 8, 2012 Anaheim Honda Center
October 9, 2012 Phoenix Capital Centre
October 10, 2012 Las Cruces Pan American Center
October 12, 2012[R] Austin Zilker Park
October 14, 2012[S] Mexico City Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Leg 5: Australia / New Zealand
October 21, 2012 Newcastle Australia Newcastle Entertainment Centre
October 22, 2012 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
October 23, 2012
October 26, 2012 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
October 28, 2012[T] Perth Arena Joondalup
October 30, 2012 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
October 31, 2012 Melbourne Sidney Myer Music Bowl
November 1, 2012
November 3, 2012 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
November 5, 2012 Wellington TSB Bank Arena
Leg 6: Europe
November 27, 2012 Lisbon Portugal Pavilhão Atlântico
November 28, 2012 Madrid Spain Palacio de Deportes
November 30, 2012 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier
December 1, 2012 Turin Italy Torino Palasport Olimpico
December 3, 2012 Amsterdam Netherlands Ziggo Dome
December 4, 2012 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
December 5, 2012 Düsseldorf ISS Dome
December 7, 2012 Newcastle England Metro Radio Arena
December 8, 2012 Glasgow Scotland S.E.C.C
December 9, 2012 Birmingham England National Indoor Arena
December 11, 2012 Manchester Manchester Arena
December 12, 2012 London The O2 Arena
December 13, 2012
Leg 7: North America
December 30, 2012 Las Vegas United States The Joint
December 31, 2012
Leg 8: South America
March 30, 2013[U] São Paulo Brazil Jockey Club
April 2, 2013 Montevideo Uruguay Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo
April 3, 2013[V] Buenos Aires Argentina Estadio Costanera Sur
April 7, 2013[W] Santiago Chile O'Higgins Park
Leg 9: North America
April 28, 2013 Kansas City United States Sprint Center
April 30, 2013 Pittsburgh Consol Energy Center
May 2, 2013 Atlanta Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
May 3, 2013 Nashville Bridgestone Arena
May 4, 2013[X] Memphis Tom Lee Park
May 5, 2013[Y] New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course
May 10, 2013[Z] Napa Valley Napa Valley Expo
May 18, 2013[AA] Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 4, 2013[BB] Ottawa Canada LeBreton Festival Park
July 5, 2013[CC] Laval Espace Montmorency
July 6, 2013[DD] Quebec City Plains of Abraham
July 8, 2013 Buffalo United States Buffalo Outer Harbor
July 9, 2013 Hartford Comcast Theatre
July 11, 2013 Raleigh Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
July 12, 2013 Greenville Charter Amphitheatre
July 13, 2013[EE] Louisville Louisville Waterfront Park
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances

Box office data[edit]

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
Lotto Arena Antwerp 7,332 / 7,347 (99%) $273,699[30]
Capital FM Arena Nottingham 7,129 / 7,129 (100%) $236,989[30]
Manchester Apollo Manchester 6,816 / 6,816 (100%) $226,239[30]
Alexandra Palace London 30,259 / 30,259 (100%) $1,105,060[30]
Verizon Center Washington D.C. 12,625 / 12,625 (100%) $616,434[30]
Air Canada Centre Toronto 14,887 / 14,887 (100%) $792,991[31]
Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids 8,277 / 10,859 (76%) $336,812 [30]
United Center Chicago 14,386 / 14,386 (100%) $687,274[30]
Constant Convocation Center Norfolk 6,789 / 6,789 (100%) $310,786[30]
Maverik Center Salt Lake City 5,297 / 7,500 (71%) $268,984[32]
Oracle Arena Oakland 12,744 / 12,744 (100%) $630,828[33]
Power Balance Pavilion Sacramento 9,170 / 9,170 (100%) $434,275[33]
Rogers Arena Vancouver 12,483 / 12,483 (100%) $647,977[31]
Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary 12,180 / 12,180 (100%) $637,145[31]
MTS Centre Winnipeg 6,856 / 6,856 (100%) $356,750[31]
Bradley Center Milwaukee 7,460 / 8,000 (93%) $274,070[32]
Mid-America Center Council Bluffs 4,897 / 6,000 (82%) $227,711[34]
Save Mart Center Fresno 4,795 / 6,500 (76%) $237,353[35]
Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara 4,965 / 4,965 (100%) $337,109[36]
Staple Center Los Angeles 24,821 / 26,990 (92%) $1,246,127[36]
Honda Center Anaheim 10,518 / 13,228 (80%) $435,824[36]
Entertainment Centre Brisbane 7,753 / 8,505 (91%) $802,857[35]
The O2 Arena London 28,723 / 33,898 (85%) $1,384,780
The Joint Las Vegas 7,237 / 8,024 (90%) $993,107

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