Three Rounds With... The Black Keys |


Three Rounds With... The Black Keys

Rock's awesomest duo since the White Stripes have a new album, ''El Camino,'' and a big year ahead. We sat down with guitarist-singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney to talk Grammys, vans, and Robert Plant

Whiskey (Auerbach), Bloody Mary (Carney), vodka and soda (EW)
You two were just nominated for another Grammy. How have your lives changed since you won for [2010 breakout] Brothers?
Patrick Carney Last time, when we walked the red carpet, everyone pushed us out of the way so that Kim Kardashian and Snooki could get through. We left when Justin Bieber was about to perform. Dan’s Bieber fever spiked so high we had to rush him to the emergency room. [Laughs]

But now you’re playing to massive crowds. Pat, I heard that you started to get stage fright for a while.
Carney There was a really huge crowd at Lollapalooza last year, and it kind of freaked me out.
Dan Auerbach We were playing in the daylight, which is scary because we don’t get to use any lights — you’re just out there. It’s like watching a sweaty puppet show.
Carney It was a little bit overwhelming. I had a panic attack.

I heard you hired a hypnotist to help.
Carney Yeah, a guy who worked with, like, Kim Jong Il and Russell Crowe. [Laughs] The next night, I sleepwalked out of the hotel room in my underwear.
Auerbach He was wearing Spanx.
Carney Yeah, Spanx and some pasties. [Laughs] But it worked.