Black Keys Apologize To Nickelback

US rockers The Black Keys have apologised to Nickelback. Although as apologies go, it wasn't he most convincing we've ever heard.

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US rockers The Black Keys have apologised to Nickelback for calling the band "sh-t". Although as apologies go, it wasn't he most convincing we've ever heard...

The Black Keys insulted the band during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, adding that "Rock and roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world."

Now, the band have made a half-hearted attempt to smooth things over with Nickelback in an interview with MTV.

"There's much worse bands than Nickelback. Maybe," said The Black Keys' Patrick Carney. "That was the worst apology."

"I don't like bad music, but look, I've got a lot of friends and not one of them has a Nickelback record," he added. "I'm not a small minority."

The Black Keys are currently touring the US alongside Arctic Monkeys. Watch the band's "apology" below.

Thanks for the report to Gigwise.com.

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    nailsarecruel
    "I don't like bad music, but look, I've got a lot of friends and not one of them has a Nickelback record," he added. "I'm not a small minority."
    How many of those friends own a Black Keys record? Nickelback may lose a bunch of points for making one dimensional fun rock but for me at least, they regain those points by not being a bunch of shit talking jerks.
    Attack&Release
    So the problem is that they spoke their opinion and they were supposed to feel guilty? I don't see a problem with them calling a band "shit" if they believe it. I haven't been here and three months and what's changed? Nothing, since UG still has incredibly misleading headlines and shit news. (Oh god, I called something shit, so I'm going to get in trouble)
    AmalgamOfMeat
    TimTheWizard wrote: If anyone of us would be famous too, we wouldn't hide in the closet whenever someone asks our opinion bout Nickelback being shite. So stop pointing your fingers and just agree. It's been going on for decades. Led Zeppelin calling Beatles crap, Sex Pistols hatin on Pink Floyd, Bloc Party and Oasis hating each other, etc. It's natural because these people have very strong opinions on music.
    Did Led Zeppelin really call the Beatles "crap"? Wow lol
    AmalgamOfMeat
    I know it's trendy to hate Nickelback but I just don't like them. That's the extent of my opinion though. I don't hate them, I don't care to make lists of the worst bands in the world, I don't know if they're shitty people and I won't take time out of my day to try to discredit them because musical quality is subjective and I can handle somebody having a different opinion from me. That said, I also don't know anything about the Black Keys but I don't think they did anything wrong. They were just answering questions in an interview and they're entitled to their opinions. The consequence of their actions might be that people think they're a little douchier but that's fine. It's all opinions =[
    fnv8m8
    its amazing what jealousy does to someones opinion of other people
    scawti
    I don't like Nicklebacks music, but I respect how they handle bands taking shots at them for no legimate reason. Any band who writes a song for Dime can't be that bad...
    RoomOnFire03
    They arent rock you say? Theyre hipster indie music? Wow obviously you guys havent listened to the black keys, to them, its all about the bluesy garage rock sound..... Brothers is not indie, you retards, its ****ing bluesy rock, same with Magic Potion, look into a band before you bash on them for not being your definition of "rock" (To all of you that dont know, rock came from blues, and most all rock is based around the blues scale Ex: Everything by Led Zeppelin)
    kornflipsk8er
    I just can't say anything bad about Nickelback after hearing that guy that does "Rack City." Everything is just so much better than that.
    RequiemofDemons
    A ton of people hate nickelback...why is this even news worthy...this just in...the earth revolves around the sun >
    mereed
    Normal guys talk shit about bands they hate all the time and it's fine. But if you're a band and you say something bad about another band all of a sudden it's like, "What a classless jerk!" Screw that noise, I love the Black Keys and Patrick and Dan are hilarious in most every interview and they seem like cool guys. Pat's just a loudmouth, everyone's got friends like that. And I don't even really hate Nickelback, they're just pretty meh.
    TimTheWizard
    If anyone of us would be famous too, we wouldn't hide in the closet whenever someone asks our opinion bout Nickelback being shite. So stop pointing your fingers and just agree. It's been going on for decades. Led Zeppelin calling Beatles crap, Sex Pistols hatin on Pink Floyd, Bloc Party and Oasis hating each other, etc. It's natural because these people have very strong opinions on music.
    jesus quintana
    Patrick Carney has a right to voice his opinion, who cares if it pisses off a few wimpy Nickelback fans? People are way too easily offended these days with all this "political correctness" bs. Besides, I'm sure he's not the only one who thinks Nickelback sucks. Btw the Black Keys kick ass
    powachord
    Dear UG, Why is it that every time an artist opens their mouth, you deem whatever they said to be newsworthy?
    betterman5
    Swannie wrote: If someone asked me in an interview what I thought of Nickelback (or any other band) I'd tell them. Why should the Keys have to do anything else.
    Yeah but the whole thing started from an article where The Black Keys drummer or whatever just randomly attacked them, which seems like a very douchebag like thing to do. I mean yeah it's one thing to say that sort of shit if the interviewer asked them about it.
    Root Beer
    MR.LZZYHALE wrote: foopeppers wrote: Since when have Nickleback been the biggest band in the world? I would give that to Foo Fighters since when has it been the foo if anything its metallica
    No you're thinking of "most OVERRATED band"
    Rick_Diculous
    Why do people on U-G insist that The Black Keys aren't a rock band? Because hipsters like them? If "10 am Automatic" isn't a rock song, then enlighten me on what one is.
    Swannie
    If someone asked me in an interview what I thought of Nickelback (or any other band) I'd tell them. Why should the Keys have to do anything else.
    Austin_205
    I'm sure if nickleback got a different singer and better lyrics the hate would stop
    socialdiseaze4l
    Black Veil Brides are better than both of these bands put together. My fav bands are, Black Veil Brides, Sleeping With Sirens and Blood On The Dancefloor!
    )ThunderhorsE(
    I have a healthy amount of respect for bands who aren't afraid to be dickish and voice their opinions. I hate nickelback, and I haven't listened to the black keys so I don't have an opinion on their music, just on their stance.
    rmzeppelin1919
    black keys > nickelback I've seen them both live. black keys put on a great, honest show, the nickelback show i went to is what made me start to hate them. seemed choreographed. chad kroger is for the money and fame. very theatrical and overdone. and i like theatrical but too much is too much. end of story.
    D4CE
    BigSpence wrote: Mack888 wrote: Who the **** are the black keys? The biggest mainstream indie band in the world. If that makes sense.
    I lol'd
    MR.LZZYHALE
    foopeppers wrote: Since when have Nickleback been the biggest band in the world? I would give that to Foo Fighters
    since when has it been the foo if anything its metallica
    AcdcTXfan
    foopeppers wrote: Since when have Nickleback been the biggest band in the world? I would give that to Foo Fighters
    I would probably say U2
    Logan_B
    Black Keys....Where do I begin. You've damaged my opinion of you greatly. I would have given your music a chance and even enjoyed one of them but now I just think you're a bunch of jealous little pricks. A band like you with as little respect as you have will never be remembered and we will flush your fame down the toilet like a nasty shit nobody wants to see.
    Darthkp
    AcdcTXfan wrote: foopeppers wrote: Since when have Nickleback been the biggest band in the world? I would give that to Foo Fighters I would probably say U2
    I +1'ed this to balance out whoever -1'ed it because frankly, U2 still is the biggest band of all time. Even if you don't like them, you know who they are.
    CMurray121
    Carling_1994 wrote: not everybody likes Nickelback and not everybody likes The Black Keys but seriously people? we are talking about ROCK music here, i dont even class Indie as rock, its so boring and theres nothing special about it? Nickelback bring a mixture of heavy rock, great guitar solos and slow melodic acoustic songs to the table....come on, we all know whos an all round better band.
    An all around better band? They wrote a few songs about ten years ago and have been working their little formula to death ever since. All of their songs sound the same. That's why people don't like Nickelback. You've heard one song, you've heard them all. Nickelback haven't evolved AT ALL since their first album came out.
    iup788
    I really don't care for the Black Keys. Nickelback makes terrible, awful music, but the members aren't all douches. The Black Keys members are super douches. Notice how he said "...I have a lot of friends..." what a douche!
    dkennedy88
    Patrick Carney reminds me why I despise the uber hipster types. What a douche. And I'm pretty sure Daniel Adair can play circles around said douche. Just saying.
    vanklef92
    sabbathman3 wrote: I dont listen to Nickelback except for the occasional song that comes on the radio and I dont flip the station BUT with that said, I have heard these guys and they are terrible! For this shitstain to say something about Nickelback is like Creed saying something bad about well.....Nickelback lol.
    haha really??? Nickelback better then Creed? ur not a guitar player are you...i mean creed isnt technical in the slightist-but boy o' boy are they better rock then nickelback...where every songs about partying or being a 10-year old boy in love...(and i LIKE Nickelback...somewhat...lol) seriously-u got some downvotes on that one cuz u sound like an idiot... ijs
    Dostoyevskian
    Without going into which band is better or anything, we have to remember that this whole deal is because of something Pat Carney said. He's only one of them, and from the friend of two of mine who had a chance to meet the band, I heard Dan was nice, but pat was a complete asshat
    RockInPeaceDime
    TimTheWizard wrote: If anyone of us would be famous too, we wouldn't hide in the closet whenever someone asks our opinion bout Nickelback being shite. So stop pointing your fingers and just agree. It's been going on for decades. Led Zeppelin calling Beatles crap, Sex Pistols hatin on Pink Floyd, Bloc Party and Oasis hating each other, etc. It's natural because these people have very strong opinions on music.
    Also natural because the people who front well-known bands are often narcissistic ****s.
    RockInPeaceDime
    WGFDarth wrote: Yeah, well, Jimmy Page and Robert plant don't go to Nickelback concerts, but have been spotted at a few Black Key's concerts.
    whoopie!!!!
    RockInPeaceDime
    RC52190 wrote: mooseknuckle123 wrote: I would jump on the Nickleback hate train, but I've already been warned by the mods, so... How dare they talk about nickleback like that! I'm offended! Nickleback is a charming group of upstanding young men who play thought provoking groovy rock chops! I don't really care for the black keys either...They can't ban you for having an opinion, only being a dick about it. I'm sure they didn't tell you, "You can't keep openly disliking Nickelback or any other band we write articles about or were going to ban you." I'm sure it was something more along the lines of "If you keep posting crude, offensive comments about bands in our threads, then we're going to have a problem." ...Anyway! I dont think Nickelback deserve an apology. The guys from the Black Keys just spoke their minds; their opinions. Maybe they could've been less offensive about showing their point, but thats just how it goes in the world. Why act all sensitive to a band you really, really dislike? Can't have everyone be your friend so there's no point trying. Besides, everyone has a band or two they hate more than any other band in the world. Nickelback is probably that band for TBK, and truthfully, I know they are "that band" for a LOT of people. If you were ever given a microphone to the world to state your thoughts on whoever "that band" is for you, you'd probably take the opportuinty too. No one's perfect and you can't please everyone -- there's always someone who's going to have some stupid shit to say about your own opinions no matter what, so you might as well just be honest to the world.
    They can say whatever they feel like saying. They just can't get mad when everybody labels them self-absorbed *****s.
    AcdcTXfan
    Does the Black Keys music really even compete with Nickelback? Nickelback is way heavier, and maybe I'm the only one that likes this about Nickelback, but Chad's lyrics relate to almost everyone. Tell me if you disagree.
    MrCloudshoe
    The Black Keys are amazing. Their older stuff is better but El Camino is still better than any Nickelback album.
    nickrohla
    BigSpence wrote: Mack888 wrote: Who the **** are the black keys? The biggest mainstream indie band in the world. If that makes sense.
    most definitely not indie
    WGFDarth
    Yeah, well, Jimmy Page and Robert plant don't go to Nickelback concerts, but have been spotted at a few Black Key's concerts.
    Obama FTW
    Ive said it a million times, Nickelback before 2005 = good music. After that, its all sugarcoated garbage with maybe one or two songs that are decent. But I dont know if the Black Keys have much room to talk.
    Ghost_Dancer
    Rick_Diculous wrote: Shaggy91 wrote: ugh both bands blow. Nickelback sucks, the black keys are hipster douchebags who heard a clapton album. once. while high. and thats their music. who cares if they trash talk....they make serious cash. Ummm, Dan Auerbach is the biggest Junior Kimbrough fan there is. If you're really gonna say that "hearing Clapton once while high" is their background in blues, listen to Chulahoma, then come back and admit you're wrong.
    Junior Kimbrough > 98% of other blues music Seriously, that man is imo the best bluesman I've ever listened too.
    Dark Canuck
    I do enjoy both of these bands but if one of them could take an award for being "best pretentious douche-bags", black keys would have to take that one. Or at least Carney, what a c*nt.
    Koelker12
    Seriously, ever article about these guys makes me like them less and less. Their first couple albums were so raw, and now that they've tasted mainstream success it's like they can't stop talking crap about others. Just shut the hell up, already.
    meow1992
    i lol'd at people taking their insult to heart. i thought it was common knowledge that Nickelback was the laughing stock of the rock world. Just like Coldplay.....
    gkex
    I think these bands are equally annoying, but at least Nickelback dosen't pretend to be relevant. Never thought I would defend that band but the only thing worse than bearded fugly hipsters are ones that pretend to be rockers.