Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney has explained his recent comments about Nickelback in a new interview with MTV Canada, although it would be kind of a stretch to call what he said an apology. Speaking with Rolling Stone back in January, Carney accused the Canadian quartet of playing a direct role in the current sad state of rock music, saying, "Rock 'n' roll is dying because people became okay with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world. So they became okay with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be s***."
Pressed to explain his comments, Carney told MTV Canada, "I don't like bad music. Look, I've got a lot of friends and not one of them own a Nickelback record. I'm not (in the) the small minority. There's certain bands that make me embarrassed to be on Earth."
Carney then walked back his statement ever so slightly, although he didn't exactly say he was sorry. He commented, "I didn't mean to single them out actually -- it just came out. There's much worse bands than Nickelback . . . maybe. That was the worst apology."
Nickelback responded to Carney's original slam back in January by tweeting, "Thanks to the drummer in the Black Keys calling us the Biggest Band in the World in Rolling Stone. Hehe."
The Black Keys and Nickelback both released their seventh albums at the end of 2011, with the Keys' El Camino doing well out of the box and Nickelback's Here And Now putting up that group's typically strong sales numbers.
The Black Keys are currently in the midst of their first headlining arena tour, which brings the duo to Norfolk, Virginia on Friday night (March 23rd).
CHECK IT OUT: Watch the Black Keys interview with MTV News at http://tinyurl.com/825ejk6