The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney said he loves Chicago’s urban music festival Lollapalooza for the after-party potential in the city, but when asked by Rolling Stone what other artists he was looking forward to seeing while there to perform, Carney voiced his disappointment in the new Black Sabbath line-up instead.
Carney said he loves Black Sabbath but doesn’t know if he wants to “watch Black Sabbath without Bill Ward.” Then the outspoken drummer–who infamously bashed Nickelback in an interview a few months back–compared Sabbath’s new line-up to that of Van Halen who he saw recently and didn’t enjoy at all.
“I love Black Sabbath, but I don’t know if I’d want to watch Black Sabbath without Bill Ward,” admitted Carney. “The band is Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Ozzy. I have no interest in seeing bands with partial lineups. I just saw Van Halen without Michael Anthony. I’m not a very big Van Halen fan but it was such a f**king bummer. Like what the f**k is the point?”
“I mean, sure, Eddie Van Halen’s son is a pretty good bass player and he’s a 20-year-old kid and that’s cool, but like, what the f**k is that? That’s f**king retarded,” continued Carney, spewing out expletives. “If someone is able to be in a band for 30 years and then people are okay with replacing him with a 17-year-old, they’re obviously motherf**king a**holes, right?”
Carney said the show was “flat” and “didn’t sound good.”
“I don’t think Dave’s voice is really there,” he explained. “Eddie Van Halen’s guitar sounded pretty good but I’m not a big fan of that music to begin with. I do like some of the classic Van Halen stuff, but not in the same way that I actually like Black Sabbath stuff. I just think some Van Halen is exceptionally awful.”
Focusing back on his own musicianship, the Van Halen-hater said that El Camino track “Dead And Gone” is coming out as a single in Europe and will be accompanied by a cartoon video directed by Carney’s brother. The drummer also divulged that the Black Keys are “going back in the studio in July” and that they hope a new record will come out in 2013.
“We don’t know when we’ll be done but we’re starting it in July. We might not finish it until March since we have to tour so much but we’ll see. We don’t know what’s going on. After July, we’ll be able to know how long it’ll take.”
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles