Black Keys Drummer Calls U2 iTunes Stunt a "Disservice" to Artists

Due to space limitations, we couldn't include every part our conversation with Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, who's coming to US Airways Center on Monday, November 10, in our print feature this week.

Our story focused mostly on Carney's outspoken stance on the need for streaming music services to pay artists more, and how his position parallels and contrasts the anti-Napster stance that got Lars Ulrich in so much trouble at the turn of the century.

That said, the conversation touched on many topics, including how the only song he really is excited to show people from the band's new album, Turn Blue, is the opening track, how producer Danger Mouse is like a third member of the band, and how file-sharing probably helped the Black Keys get popular.

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David Accomazzo is a music wrangler, award-winning reporter, critic, and editor with more than a decade in the business.
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