Black Keys Sue Pizza Hut, Slam Van Halen

Pizza Hut allegedly didn't ask the band for permission when scoring their cheesy ads, and drummer Patrick Carney says Van Halen's lineup is "f--king retarded."

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The Black Keys are suing mainstream retail chains for allegedly using their music without permission, but fans can rejoice at news that the band is set to record a new album next month.

The band say Pizza Hut used "significant portions" of "Gold On The Ceiling" in an ad for Cheesy Bites Pizza whilst Home Depot used "Lonely Boy" in an commercial for power tools, according to NME.

Their lawyers say it was "a brazen and improper effort to capitalise on [the] plaintiffs' hard-earned success." It's a surprise we half expected them to say the Pizza Hut ad just came across as too cheesy.

Drummer Patrick Carney also had his trademark biting comments for other musicians, this time for Black Sabbath and Van Halen:

"I love Black Sabbath, but I don't know if I'd want to watch Black Sabbath without Bill Ward," Carney told Rolling Stone. "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 fking bummer. Like what the fk is the point? 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 fk is that? That's fking retarded."

Meanwhile, drummer Patrick Carnay has confirmed that the band will re-enter the studio in July, with the record set for release in 2013.

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    DartS17
    It's funny because Carney's comments here look like the comment section of every Sabbath and Van Halen article, but everyone here suddenly disagrees when the Black Keys agree with them. Hypocrite's gonna hypocrite I guess.
    hassasin
    Well consider how much money they could have made had pizza hut and home depot payed them to use their music. Instead they just used their music, if you were a musician and your music was getting used without your permission you wouldn't be happy either.
    cptcomet
    I would've just asked for unlimited Pizza and settled there. I wish they'd stop insulting other bands though.
    Spanner93
    Note: Misleading title is Misleading, this is ONLY Patrick Carney yakking on about nothing inparticular. Dan Auerbach (The brains of the band) hasn't said anything. Also, wouldn't you be pissed off if some shitty company use your music without consulting you first.....
    john_kimble
    The Black Keys are the most overrated band in the world. Gary Glitter should sue them for stealing his drumbeat from "Rock & Roll Part II."
    T7E
    who do they think they are, insulting other bands as if they have the credibility to do so
    slipknot836
    "I just saw Van Halen without Michael Anthony. Im not a very big Van Halen fan but it was such a fking bummer. Like what the fk is the point? I mean, sure, Eddie Van Halens son is a pretty good bass player and hes a 20-year-old kid and thats cool, but like, what the fk is that? Thats fking retarded."
    I understand the point he's trying to make but the language is idiotic. If anything he just makes his point sound invalid by swearing so much.
    Stratus475
    I can't stand these guys. All they do is criticize everybody and everything. Their tickets are way too overpriced for their concerts. And on top of that, they aren't even that good.
    KnotParkDay
    "I have no interest in seeing bands with partial lineups." Seriously? Yes some bands go through their whole careers without lineup changes, but generally it's a pretty common thing. His mindset is ridiculous.
    ProgFripp74
    These guys need to learn their place. Yes they have written some quite good music with relative commercial success, but not a huge amount. They keep insulting lots of other bands for virtually no reason. I'ts unneccessary and it won't do them any favours in advancing their career whatsoever plus it makes them look like twats -_-
    MacEspn
    Im so sick of reading about bands smashing other bands. Find something better to do with your time people. Write more songs. Eat more piazza.
    fret13
    I love these guys music for the most part. I feel it's a bit over hyped for the attention that they're getting for it, in my opinion, but regardless, I like their tunes. That aside, a majority of the articles I read about this band only portray them as pompous d-bags. I mean hell, if Pizza Hut used a song I wrote to promote one of their pizzas without my permission, I would BUY pizzas from them in gratitude. And because they're effing delicious.
    Sarrazin
    I love how the black keys always have a "Holier than Thou" mentality. They call other bands out on being sellouts and just play to make money, but then there they are, main stage of the MTV music awards... give me a break
    jdsmith0405
    Rick_Diculous wrote: David Lee Roth is too cheesy for me. Pizza Hut should use him in commercials.
    I see what you did there
    /OOM
    Most misunderstood band around these days. They are great guys, and are actually very picky when it comes to their music being used in advertising. I'm tired of reading people's comments about them being over rated and whatnot. They've been around ages, their back-catalogue is awesome, and they are laid-back, hilarious and talented.
    Zoltan1251
    SLAMS?????!!!.... well he just said he doesnt like when the band cant solve their shit to play together.... and yeah, i would be pissed also if someone just took my song to some commercial
    kgesme21
    The better part of this is that The Black Keys probably would have let them use the music in their commercials if they had just asked. They were on The Colbert Report like, two years ago with vampire Weekend showing how many of their songs are in commercials.
    theblackwell
    The guys actually believe that they're rock royalty, when in reality, they possibly one of the most overrated bands ever. Personally, I can't stand listening to them.
    Human371
    /OOM wrote: Most misunderstood band around these days. They are great guys, and are actually very picky when it comes to their music being used in advertising. I'm tired of reading people's comments about them being over rated and whatnot. They've been around ages, their back-catalogue is awesome, and they are laid-back, hilarious and talented.
    great point. These guys are from low wealth, smallish town background (my high school, in fact only like 4 years above me). I think the fact that they get so much attention is what makes them seem overrated to people. but hell, if any of you actually saw them live, damn...it'd be hard to still say that. though I preferred when they didn't play 10,000 seat stadiums and I could actually afford the tickets. Maybe the money has went to their heads a little. But still, they had several albums and an EP before they started getting much major mainstream notice (a la Muse) and all of the sudden people act like they are some corporate butt rock act that has no integrity. Remember, this band recorded their first album in a basement.
    Alan Ciccone
    I like a few Black Keys songs. Not a major fan. I do like it when bands aren't afraid to publicly criticise each other though. Most bands in the public eye are far too well behaved. It's good to be able to discriminate and call bullshit when it's warranted. He makes two good points
    mradubz33
    Shreddfest96 wrote: so these guys can't make money on there shity music so they have to bend over pizza hut?? wow...
    First, its "their shitty music", not "there shity music". Second, they make boat loads of money by selling out arenas all over the world. I like the Black Keys a lot; I've seen them twice. They deserve to get paid for the music they make, especially by companies as big as Pizza Hut and Home Depot. But Pat Carney sounds like a douche when he's talking about Van Halen and Black Sabbath.
    ronhoward
    I guess if you bash a lot of well known bands that's how you get your name out there? IMO they're mediocre at best.
    ZakkyChan
    I don't get why people on UG keep bashing the Black Keys. They are a great band, their drummer is just very opinionated.
    iammclovin
    TheMattones wrote: Guys stop saying The Black Keys, Its JUST Pat doing the insults, leave Auerbach out of it he`s a legitamately nice guy.
    I agree with this, the guitar player seems like a nice fella and he's actually quite talented. The drummer is average at best and is an obnoxious prick.
    fret13
    hassasin wrote: Well consider how much money they could have made had pizza hut and home depot payed them to use their music. Instead they just used their music, if you were a musician and your music was getting used without your permission you wouldn't be happy either.
    I'm easily pleased, what can I say.
    Bubbles516
    I wouldn't want to see The Black Keys with a full or partial lineup. I do not like Black Keys sam I am. I would not like them here nor there, I would not like them anywhere. I would not like them on a train, I could not, would not hear them with a fox, I would not, could not listen to them in a box. I do not like the black keys, sam I am.
    MegadethFan18
    "I have no interest in seeing bands with partial lineups.
    Says a guy in a partial band. Pretty stupid thing to say considering his, lets say "band" doesn't have a full line up and uses touring musicians.
    TheMattones
    Guys stop saying The Black Keys, Its JUST Pat doing the insults, leave Auerbach out of it he`s a legitamately nice guy.
    ruker
    Blood.Sugar.Sex wrote: Wow, I didn't know so many people hate this band...
    Every band in the history of bands will have more haters than supporters. I thought this was common knowledge....
    Mondo Generator
    I enjoy the Black Keys alright, but hell if that quote doesn't make them sound like half-wits. I get it, and agree with the Michael Anthony thing, but can't you put together an intelligent, communicative sentence without insulting everyone in the band?
    doomsdayscottie
    I KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING UP WITH THAT PIZZA HUT AD! everytime it came on it bothered me how close it was
    vanhailin
    They didn't really slam the bands music or anything. They just partial line-ups suck. What's so bad about that?
    FN77
    fifopher wrote: I like the Black Keys, but they are way overrated... shouldn't they be glad they've gotten as popular and have made as money as they have from their music? I would be upset if someone illegally profited from my product as well, but damn...
    How can you be overrated if you didnt get mainstream famous until your seventh record? Does that mean they were underrated for their first six?
    siksofus
    Point 1: They should get paid for corporations for using their music. Point 2: Black Sabbath is not the same without Bill Ward. Partional line up Point 3: Van Halen is not the same without Michael Anthony. Partial line up. He is absolutly correct with his comments.
    Mikeyrox3162
    I like the Black Keys their music is great but they act like total d-bags to other bands.
    Phiddler
    Everytime I start to get into their music they come out and start sh.tting on other musicians. The stuff they play really isnt good enough to give them that right/excuse whatever you want to call it
    theblackwell
    Also, they are in in absolutely in NO position to say anything negative about Black Sabbath or Van Halen. Seriously? Bill Ward elected not to go out with Sabbath and Wolfgang Van Halen is a pretty good bassist. Who the hell is he to complain? These bands are still putting on shows a million times better than The Black Keys and making timeless music that I'd choose to listen to over the Black Keys any day. Sorry, that's the end of the rant...
    PatVanHalen5150
    I've seen Black Sabbath without Bill Ward. It was called Heaven & Hell. It was amazing. And without Wolfgang, VH would certainly have no new material or be on the road & there's a good chance that Ed would've died at the bottom of a bottle of Smoking Loon. Wolf saved his dad & the band, whether anybody likes it or not. Take your boring current "rock" crap and shove it.
    p_a_morgan
    Shiookami wrote: I DON'T ENJOY THE BLACK KEYS, OKAY?? Now then, he's all "It's ****ing retarded without a full lineup" -.- you have two members, you can't do without a full lineup. but when it comes to these fifty year old bands, they almost never have a full lineup. it's one thing to change the singer or the guitarist, but he's whining over a bassist. B-A-S-S-I-S-T
    What are you implying about bassists, bro? Came @ me
    RaKooN13
    So I opened this expecting a "slam" on Van Halen. I honestly didn't see a slam, but rather an opinion. Call me crazy, but I sorta agree. It sucks to see a band without the full, original lineup, especially if its a legendary band. How would you react if a third of Rush was replaced, or if it RHCP was missing Flea (as it is I'm disappointed that Frusciante is gone). And we all know how much it sucks when a notable band member dies, like Freddie Mercury from Queen or Led Zeppelin without John Bonham. It's not easy to fill big shoes like those; fans want the original. As for the hate on Black Keys, I have nothing to add but the fact that I listen to em and I dig em. To each their own.