Black Keys Q&A: Patrick Carney on the Nickelback Feud, Anxiety & a Live Album
will give every band member $20 for dinner. In this situation, with techs, crew, local crew, there's 200 people who need to eat, so it's much cheaper to just hire a catering service to do it. I guess some of the budget goes to making ridiculous ice sculptures.
You said once that you had a panic attack while performing at Lollapalooza. Has that anxiety come back while playing in front of arena crowds?
Never really went away. I'll always have and always have had incredible emotion on stage. But that one show I really spun out. It was a like a feedback loop where I couldn't channel my nerves the right way and I just got really panicky. I always have nerves, it's just a matter if I can use them to my advantage or if they start fucking with my head. I got a prescription for Ativan, but I can't play music with it, so I don't take it. I have to play drums stone-cold sober. I can't even have a beer. I don't know how [Cream's] Ginger Baker or whoever was shooting up heroin. No fucking idea how they were able to do that.
Same with Keith Moon and John Bonham.
They were probably nervous as fuck themselves.
Has the press been hounding you about that one Nickelback comment?
Just that one interview in Canada. I didn't mean to single out that band. I tried to apologize. I don't want to seem like I don't stand by my comments from earlier. Whatever. It's like someone acting surprised that I don't like a band like that. It's like them being surprised that I don't watch "The 700 Club" every Sunday. What the fuck?
Yeah, like another site said "Patrick Carney put his foot in his mouth again." Like you're really saying something messed up.
It was the VH1 blog. I was talking