NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Patrick Carney is reconsidering his very non-pop star policy on openness and honesty.
The Black Keys drummer feels he’s had a tough run in the press recently, and for the first time in his career he’s had to call his publicist, asking for help with comments attributed to him.
“I’ve learned over the last year, especially the last couple months, sometimes it’s best to shut the (expletive) up and let someone else dig the hole for once,” Carney said with a smile. “That’s my stance on life right now. I’m chillin’. My mouth can get me in so much trouble, I know it.”
He said he didn’t disparage Michael Jackson, an impression left by paraphrasing, though he does have problems with the posthumous release of “Xscape” that the Keys’ new album, “Turn Blue,” beat out for No. 1 last week on the Billboard 200.
“And if Michael Jackson were alive, he absolutely would have crushed us,” Carney, 34, said. “Let’s not get confused about it. I’m well aware of that. We know our spot in the world of music.”
He didn’t mean to start a still-simmering Twitter feud with Justin Bieber and millions of fans just hours after the 2013 Grammys when he answered a question about the pop singer’s snub at the awards.
And he has no idea why there’s a growing beef with fellow Nashville resident Jack White, who in the latest issue of Rolling Stone said he thinks Carney and duo partner Dan Auerbach are ripping him off.
Carney said he believes musicians should celebrate each other’s success, and said he gets along with everyone he knows in music, including Nashville’s other superstar rockers, good friends Kings of Leon.
“Nathan (Followill) was one of the first people to text me when we found out we had the No. 1 record,” Carney said of KOL’s drummer. “And I’m always one of the first people to text him when they have something good going on. There are no bands — with the exception of one person who I won’t even name who I’ve never met (White) — that I’m not friends with.”