The Black Keys guitarist and singer Dan Auerbach has said he ‘honestly doesn’t care’ if rock music is dead amid continuing reports of declining albums sales and mainstream struggles for today’s guitar-led bands.
Last month, drummer Patrick Carney pointed to the dubious success of bands such as Nickelback as a reason for rock’s struggles, telling Rolling Stone that ‘rock and roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world’.
However, Auerbach has now told The Independent all this talk amounts to nothing more than ‘fads and stories’ which don’t really concern him.
“Is rock music dead? Ha. Honestly? I don’t really care,” he said. “I don’t listen to just one kind of music. As long as music doesn’t die, I’ll be OK. All that talk is just fads and stories and that’s not my job. I don’t worry about anything other than playing music. We’ve always ignored the trends.”