The Black Keys are currently on a break from their relentless touring schedule, but the duo won't just be sitting on the couch watching TV. Drummer Patrick Carney told RollingStone.com that they plan to get a head start on album number eight, saying, "We're going back in the studio in July. We'll have a couple weeks to start the next album then . . . We don't know when we'll be done but we're starting it in July. We might not finish it until March since we have to tour so much but we'll see. We don't know what's going on. After July, we'll be able to know how long it'll take."
Carney added that the Keys hope to get the follow-up to 2011's El Camino in stores by next year.
The typically opinionated Carney also gave RollingStone.com his thoughts on playing Lollapalooza in August, which the Keys will be co-headlining with the reunited Black Sabbath. Carney said, "I love Black Sabbath, but I don't know if I'd want to watch Black Sabbath without (drummer) Bill Ward. The band is Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Ozzy. I have no interest in seeing bands with partial lineups."
Carney added, "I just saw Van Halen without Michael Anthony. I'm not a very big Van Halen fan but it was such a f***ing bummer. Like what the f*** is the point?"