Black Keys Q&A: Patrick Carney on the Nickelback Feud, Anxiety & a Live Album
When Patrick Carney calls Spinner, he's understandably tired. The Black Keys are just about to wrap the first leg of their first-ever arena tour, and he's only been to his Nashville home, and seen his Irish wolfhound Charlotte, for four days in over two months. In spite of that, the drummer is ecstatic over how well the Keys' tour behind El Camino is going, and was more than happy to chat about adjusting to the big stages, his surprisingly controversial remarks about Nickelback, making bandmate Dan Auerbach laugh and dealing with his stage-fright anxiety.
How's the tour been? Exhausting, exhilarating, surreal?
It's been surreal playing arenas, but at the same time, the rooms are starting to not feel as huge as they were in the beginning. We have a rule that we try and stick to, three weeks on, two weeks off. Once you hit that three-week mark you just get exhausted. I don't think I'm nearly as tired as I would be if we were touring around in a van. Considering we get to hang out on the bus all day, the tour is relatively easy.
So you're not at the "no brown M&M's" stage yet.
The weird thing is -- Dan and I would never be like that anyway -- but we don't touch anything on our rider. The only thing on our rider besides water and soda and booze is one veggie tray and chips. Our crew, techs, lighting and sound guys have a full rider. But we don't need it. It just goes to waste. Then you start to feel like an asshole wasting that shit every day.
I saw you posted Twitter pictures of a Black Keys ice sculpture and cake.
The way it work is when you're playing a club like the 9:30, usually part of the deal is the promoter