The Black Keys play the Air Canada Centre in Toronto tonight. In a new interview, drummer Patrick Carney stands up for the fans that enjoy capturing photos or videos at a concert on their cellphone.
From The Toronto Sun:
“It doesn’t bother me. “What was it that happened recently? Peter Frampton threw a cellphone? I mean, maybe he didn’t know what a cellphone was? Maybe he was confused on what it was? … What we are used to more than the cellphones is what happened to us during the four years we were playing clubs. It was people with their arms crossed standing at the back looking like the ultimate scenester record store clerk. That’s way more uncomfortable… At least the people filming seem to be enjoying it.”
On twitter wars re: Justin Bieber:
“With regards to the Bieber thing, it was the most frightening day of our career and also one of the most exhilarating…
We knew a lot of people had no idea what our music sounded like and then afterwards we celebrated for a little bit and then I have a TMZ camera asking me about Justin Bieber. The last thing I would ever expect to happen was a camera in my face, followed by a camera in my face asking me about someone who I know nothing about. ..I was aware that he was having an issue for not being nominated for a Grammy, but the reality is that was our seventh record. We’d been around for a long time, but I think we felt we didn’t even deserve to be there. I put it all in context of the Clash and other bands that were never nominated or won Grammys who deserved them probably more than anybody else…Feeling entitled to anything is really his issue. There are a lot of bands more talented than ours who aren’t successful at all, for various reasons…Dan and I are super lucky. He has a career and millions of fans and he’s making lots of money, so the idea of wanting more than that is quite ridiculous, so I don’t feel bad about what I said.”
On Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’:
“Why do you think Michael Jackson left those songs untouched for 30 years in the vault? Why are they coming out now? If someone pillaged the songs Dan and I chose not to release; if someone started putting those out, I would hope that my family and Dan’s family would stop that. There’s a reason why those tracks weren’t released.”
On what’s up next:
“At some point we have to find time to record, but we can normally work pretty quickly,” he chuckles. “This last record took a little longer. But Dan and I can look around, find a two-week block and make an album.”
On the future of rock music…
I think rock ’n’ roll will stick around, but I really don’t know. Jazz is still around, it’s just no one listens to it. Maybe that will be rock ’n’ roll in 20 years… If I could answer that I’d be really rich.
On the Keys’ honorary Canadian status…
We grew up in Akron, which is basically 50 miles from Canada, so we’re basically Canadian.
On whether he has ever downloaded anything illegally…
I buy way more digital albums than physical albums, but if I really like something I will definitely get an actual copy… In my whole life, I think I’ve only illegally downloaded like five songs and that was because I couldn’t find them. They were out of print.
On not letting fame go to his head…
It’s all about perspective and not starting to think everything you do is good. When that happens, you start to fall off the map.
More from The Toronto Sun here: http://bit.ly/1BJRqr5