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Black Keys Drummer Trashes Nickelback

Black Keys and Nickelback
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Rock started losing its primacy on the charts in the ’80s, and these days, the Top 40 is almost exclusively the domain of pop and hip-hop acts — a state of affairs that has prompted a steady flow of “is rock dead?” editorials over the last couple of decades. Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney isn’t willing to bury the genre just yet, but during a recent interview with Rolling Stone, he singled out Nickelback as a major cause of rock’s decline on the charts.

According to Carney, “Rock ‘n’ 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 s— – therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world.”

Carney’s response? “F— that! Rock ‘n’ roll is the music I feel the most passionately about, and I don’t like to see it f—ing ruined and spoon-fed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous s—. When people start lumping us into that kind of s—, it’s like, ‘F— you,’ honestly.”

We aren’t sure who exactly is lumping the Black Keys in with Nickelback, but if nothing else, Carney is certainly passionate about music. Read the rest of the Rolling Stone interview here, and tell us what you think. Is Nickelback killing rock music? Or is the Black Keys stickman just bitter at Nickelback’s success?

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