The Black Keys are riding on the highest wave of success in their careers so far. The blues duo have just wrapped up another leg of their tour with Arctic Monkeys, which has seen them sell out arenas across the country. Even with their busy tour schedule, The Black Keys will set aside time this summer to start working on a new album.
The overdue rise of The Black Keys in the last couple of years has elevated them to arena rock status. Earlier this month the Akron, OH duo embarked on their biggest tour so far, bringing along English indie rockers Arctic Monkeys as support. We caught up with Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney before their show in Grand Rapids, MI to talk about the tour, possessive fans, his disdain for Spotify's Sean Parker and more.
Carney lamented the state of rock in a cover story on the Keys in January's Rolling Stone, and in doing so called out the Canadian megaband, saying that “rock 'n' roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world.”