Friday, June 21, 2024

Pop: Black Keys Split with Best Music Manager After Cancelling Tour, Taking Album Name from Classic Funk Group


I can’t say I’ve ever been a fan of The Black Keys. I just don’t get it.

Nevertheless, they’ve been a staple in the music world for a long time. My interest was actually piqued when they released a new album called Ohio Players. I thought it had something to do with the legendary funk group from the 70s, the Ohio Players (“Love Rollercoaster,” “Skin Tight”).

It didn’t. The title was kind of a rip off, I thought.

In the last couple of weeks, The Black Keys have made news. They abruptly cancelled a big tour with no notice. Why? They said they wanted to play more intimate venues. But it was just like Jennifer Lopez — ticket sales were very slow.

The two acts should have joined forces (which would have been funny). But headliners don’t want to tour with other headliners. There isn’t enough money in it for them.

Now comes news that The Black Keys have left the best managers in the business– Irving Azoff’s company. Who left who? My guess is the Azoff office offloaded the Keys after they set up a tour that was abandoned.

The Black Keys are not retiring, however. They’re playing at NASCAR event on July 6th. Also one of them is launching a sock collection — yes, I mean socks. They see the future of rock and roll. It’s socks.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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