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

By Corban Goble / June 22, 2012

The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney recently did a Q&A with Rolling Stone, and naturally, he took some shots at a popular rock band, as he is wont to do whenever he talks to Rolling Stone. Déjà vu! Here’s Carney:

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?

(via Rolling Stone)

He also had some words about the EDM phenomenon currently sweeping through the festival ranks, which is interesting because this particular issue of Rolling Stone has Deadmau5 on the cover. Carney:

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.

That’s Carney at Coachella up top. Read the entire interview here.