The Black Keys have announced they have signed to new management following a public split from their former team.

The band recently took to social media to claim they were “fucked” after their North American tour was cancelled and they split from their management on June 7. The Black Keys were due to play their ‘International Players Tour’ in the US and Canada from September to November this year, but it was reported late last month that the entire run of gigs had been abruptly scrapped, with no explanation provided.

Amidst speculation the cancellation was due to low ticket sales, the band opened up about the tour, saying it was axed and re-planned in favour of smaller theatre venues as featured on their recent European dates.

Billboard went on to report that the band had split from their management team, Irving Azoff and Steve Moir of Full Stop Management, in what was described as an “amicable parting”.


Now, Rolling Stone have reported that The Black Keys have signed to Red Light Management, whose clients include The Dave Matthews Band, The Strokes and Chris Stapleton. They cited a source “close to the situation”; CEO of Red Light Management Coran Capshaw did not immediately reply to a request for comment, whilst Azoff’s representative declined to comment.

The Black Keys (Photo by Matthew Baker/Getty Images)

Before then, The Black Keys spoke to NME last year and recalled their time working with the “incredible” Noel Gallagher in the studio.


“He’s hilarious and super talented,” said Carney. “We were referring to him as ‘The Chord Lord’ because he’s just a perfectionist with it.”

The band’s 12th studio album ‘Ohio Players’, which includes ‘On The Game’, was released on April 5. In a three-star reviewNME wrote: “It feels like it’s about impact over depth, tamping down flyaway elements into a homogenised whole that more closely resembles last year’s ‘Dropout Boogie’ than any of the seven inch singles that got an airing during the writing process.

“The Black Keys might have a killer record collection but ‘Ohio Players’ is the work of a band who are perhaps too good at being themselves.”

In other Black Keys news, Dan Auerbach appeared on the new Johnny Cash song ‘Spotlight’, released last week.


The track features vocals from the country icon that were first recorded in 1993, with Auerbach one of a number of musicians that added new parts to the recording to bring it up to date. The song will feature on ‘Songwriter’, an entire album of unreleased songs by Cash, set to be released later this year.