The timing will be perfect for The Black Keys. According to Rolling Stone on April 23, the rock band from Akron has been announced as the musical act on “Saturday Night Live” on May 10. Conveniently for the Black Keys, the performance will come just three days before the release of their next studio album, Turn Blue, scheduled for a May 13 release.
It will also mark the third time the band has been musical guests on “SNL.” They made two prior appearances back in 2011. The episode, hosted by actress and fashion model Charlize Theron, will feature tracks from the Danger Mouse-produced LP, and may include the slow-jam and album cover tract Turn Blue. In a statement, drummer Patrick Carney expressed their excitement in making another appearance and the opportunity to share new music with their fans.
“We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record, not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either. On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We’re excited for the world to hear Turn Blue.”
Appearing on “SNL” is just the beginning of a string of live performance the duo has scheduled. On May 16th, the band will headline the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Then they will head on the road for a summer tour of European festivals that will compliment their new album.
On May 17, “SNL” will wrap up its 39th season with host Andy Samberg and St. Vincent (Annie Clark) will be slated to make her debut appearance on the show. The singer will be further promoting her self-titled fourth album, released back in February.
In the meantime, frontman Dan Auerbach has revealed a new version of “West Coast” by Lana Del Rey. It is the lead single from Del Rey’s new album Ultraviolance, produced by Auerbach. The young singer will perform with The Black Keys at the Glastonbury festival.