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Black Keys Apologize for Nickelback Remarks

"I didn't mean to single them out," says Patrick Carney

The Black Keys perform in London.
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March 22, 2012 9:03 AM ET

The Black Keys' Patrick Carney is sorry that he picked on Nickelback in Rolling Stone's January cover story on the band. But the drummer isn't exactly recanting his assessment of the band's polished post-grunge style.

"I didn't mean to single them out," Carney told MTV News Canada. "It just came out.

"There's much worse bands than Nickelback, maybe," he added in his half-hearted apology.

Speaking to Rolling Stone for the cover story, Carney said, "Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world, so they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be shit."

When pressed on whether he is a music snob, Carney told MTV Canada. "I don't like bad music, but look, I've got a lot of friends and not one of them has a Nickelback record. I'm not a small minority."

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