Three months after picking on Nickelback in a Rolling Stone interview, the Black Keys have apologized to the Canadian band -- sort of.
Drummer Patrick Carney and guitarist Dan Auerbach recently stopped by MTV News Canada, where, naturally, the Nickelback story came up.
I didn't mean to single them out, actually. Because it just came out. There's much worse bands than Nickelback . . . maybe . . . that's the worst apology, Carney said with a chuckle.
That was terrible man, added Auerbach.
In January, the Ohio duo served as cover boys for an issue of Rolling Stone. While the interview was to promote their latest album, El Camino, the band made bigger headlines for their remarks on Nickelback.
Rock and roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world . . . so they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be sh*t -- therefore you sould never try to be the biggest rock band in the world. Fu*k that! Carney told Rolling Stone.
Rock and roll is the music I feel the most passionately about, and I don't like to see it fu*king ruined and spoon-fed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous sh*t, he added.
The Canadian rockers took to Twitter (of all places), to post the following response:
Thanks to the drummer in the Black Keys calling us the Biggest Band in the World in Rolling Stone. Hehe, the band wrote.
Back to that apology.
I don't like bad music. I mean, look I've got a lot of friends and not one of them has a Nickelback record. So, I'm not a small minority . . . There are certain bands that make me embarrassed just to be . . . on earth. Like, they actually make me want to take a spaceship away. I want to get that far away from the scene, Carney told MTV Canada.
The Black Keys are currently on the first leg of their North American tour, in support of their seventh studio album, El Camino. The band is scheduled to play their second sold-out Madison Square Garden show in ten days.
For a review of The Black Keys' Mar. 12 show at MSG in New York City, click here.
Scroll down to watch the band apologize for their Nickelback comments.