What brings The Black Keys back to town to promote its acclaimed 2008 album, “Attack & Release?”
“Lots of money!” says singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach. “Why else would we leave home in zero-degree weather?”
The Keys’ latest batch of dates actually accomplishes another purpose, however.
Auerbach will release his first-ever solo album, “Keep It Hid,” on Feb. 10, and start an 11-date solo tour 18 days later. Hitting the road for a bit with drummer
will reassure Black Keys fans that the Akron, Ohio duo is still very much together and in no danger of being sidelined by Auerbach’s extra-band effort.
“It’s all kind of ridiculous,” Auerbach, 29, says of any breakup concerns. “It’s like people think you’re in a band and you can’t do anything else, ever. That doesn’t make any sense at all.
“I’m a musician, and I like to make music. I think that I’ve been so busy just only being able to do The Black Keys. The Black Keys is great, and I love doing it, but I also love making music with other people and singing harmonies and (playing) full band arrangements and stuff like that. So I’m just sort of feeding my appetite to do those kinds of things, too.”
Auerbach says some of the songs on “Keep It Hid” — including one, “Whispered Words,” written by his father — date back several years, and he acknowledges a few of them “sound like The Black Keys, ‘cause I write songs for The Black Keys.”
And he’s been continuing to do that, too, with plans to hit the studio with Carney in March for a new album in the spring of 2010.
“I’m always writing songs, so I’ve got a stockpile,” Auerbach reports. “We’ve got some ideas about where (the album) will go, but I don’t really want to say yet ‘cause you never know what’s going to happen.”
The Black Keys, Buffalo Killers and the Other Girls perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 29) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward. Tickets are $27.50. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.
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