Black Keys' Patrick Carney on Nickelback: They're ruining rock music

By Gina DiFalco,
Musicians Chad Kroeger, Daniel Adair, Mike Kroeger and Ryan Peake of the band Nickelback arrive at the 39th American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on November 20, 2011. UPI/Jim Ruymen

The Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney has a lot to say about Nickelback, and nothing positive.

Carney started to comment on the state of rock music and how it’s starting to die off, and blames the band Nickelback for it.

He told Rolling Stone that the Canadian band putting out "watered-down, post-grunge crap” is ruining the face of rock music, MTV News reports.

"Rock and roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world," he said. "So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be sh--.”

He goes on to say, “Therefore, you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world. F--- that! Rock and roll is the music I feel the most passionate about, and I don't like to see it f---ing ruined and spoon-fed down our throats [with] this ... horrendous sh--. When people start lumping us into that kind of sh--, it's like 'F--- you,' honestly."

Carney is actually as equally hard on himself as he is on Nickelback, as he quips "I suck at the drums, so it's terrifying.”

He also said he agrees with people’s negative comments about him. “I see a lot of comments on Twitter and stuff about how ugly I am, how bad I am at the drums, how awkward I look, and I'm like, yeah, I agree with most of those things.”

Carney’s comments can be read in the January 2012 issue of Rolling Stone.



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