Black Keys’ Patrick Carney Calls Van Halen “Fucking Retarded”

It seems like every time Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney speaks with Rolling Stone Magazine, he makes another enemy in the music industry. This time he’s taken to attacking legendary rock band Van Halen, as well as dance acts at festivals.

What bands will you be checking out at Lollapalooza?
I love Black Sabbath, but I don’t know if I’d want to watch Black Sabbath without Bill Ward. 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 fucking bummer. Like what the fuck is the point?

Yeah, definitely.
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 fuck is that? That’s fucking retarded. 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 motherfucking assholes, right?

A lot of festivals this summer have a lot of dance acts. Do you ever check that stuff out?
No, I don’t understand it. I think when you’re trying to sell a hundred thousand tickets, you have to have a diverse crowd, you know. I think you have to kind of hedge your bets and make sure there’s stuff for people who listen to that music. I don’t know who listens to that kind of music, instrumental versions of LMFAO or whatever.

When will everyone just realize that the Black Keys are perfect, and everyone else is shit? The only thing holding my interest to the band is Carney’s giant mouth and his ability to repeatedly stick his foot in it with every interview he does. Read the rest of the Q&A article here.