Fact: The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney showed off his sporting skills on Tuesday (05Apr16) as he threw out the first pitch at the Cleveland Indians baseball team's Progressive Field. The Ohio native, who suffered a serious shoulder injury last year (15), was invited to take part in the team's Opening Day festivities, but his presence failed to help the Indians secure a victory against the visiting Boston Red Sox.
Fact: The Black Keys have gifted animal rights activists at Peta their track Howlin' For You so it can be used in a new ad campaign promoting animal adoption. Drummer Patrick Carney says, "If you're looking for a furry roommate, check out an animal shelter. They're filled with purebreds and mutts who'd love to be adopted."
Fact: The Black Keys' new video for Weight of Love features model Lara Stone as the leader of an all-female cult.
Quote: "Sometimes I refer to him as Depression Era Pat because he's so cheap. He'll buy a round at the bar - but only after he gets drunk." The Black Keys star Dan Auerbach reveals bandmate Patrick Carney doesn't like spending money.
Quote: "I still have a lot to learn. See, drumming's like golfing. And I don't know why, but I just know I suck at both and am trying to get better. My grandfather golfed for 30 years, but never improved, but he always felt like he did, so maybe that's what drumming's like." The Black Keys star Patrick Carney insists he'll always be trying to become a better drummer.
Quote: "(It's) some f**king bulls**t that sucks so bad that it took them three years after he died to make it listenable. He had to be dead for three years for it to be released." The Black Keys star Patrick Carney won't be buying Michael Jackson's posthumous album Xscape, which was released on Tuesday (13May14) - the same day as his band's latest record, Turn Blue. Jackson actually died in June, 2009.
Quote: "Playing to 50,000 people is cool, but when I have a relationship with my idols, like when RZA says my name, or John Prine says, 'Hey, Dan!' - that's the greatest (feeling)." The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach has made some famous friends.
Quote: "We were only scheduled to do three days, and then she stretched it out to two weeks and we finished a whole record. She's the real deal. She impressed me every day. There were moments when she was fighting me. I could sense that maybe she didn't want to have anybody think she wasn't in control because I'm sure it's really hard to be a woman in the music business. So we bumped heads a little bit, but at the end of the day we were dancing to the songs." The Black Keys star Dan Auerbach on producing Lana Del Rey's new album Ultraviolence.
Fact: Indie rockers The Black Keys are hoping to hit a home run with their latest charitable effort - they have designed T-shirts and hoodies to raise money for their childhood baseball league in Akron, Ohio. All proceeds will go to the West Akron Baseball League and help the organisers purchase uniforms, upgrade equipment and minimise registration fees for young athletes.
Fact: Rockers The Black Keys have given young sportsmen and women in their Ohio hometown a big boost by selling T-shirts they've created to fans. The duo has posted the custom jersey for the West Akron Little League it sponsors online - and all proceeds from sales go directly to officials to help them fund the upkeep of fields and bleachers and upgrade equipment.
Tweet: "Thing is i was called all these names by kids 20 years ago so I just blocked it out and started playing music. So this is all kinda cute." The Black Keys star Patrick Carney is unfazed by the vile tweets he has been sent by Justin Bieber fans after suggesting the pop star was not Grammy Awards material. The rocker has spent the past nine days retweeting Bieber fanatics' poorly-worded remarks and adding his own sarcastic comments.
Quote: "The Black Keys are my favourite band... I was going to see them in London but couldn't because I was getting my hair dyed for X-Men: First Class. It was miserable." Actress Jennifer Lawrence on missing out on what she fears may have been the best gig ever.
Quote: "I can still wash dishes. I have really bad eczema, so it's going to be a little bit of a hold-up, but I could probably get through it." The Black Keys star Patrick Carney considers his options if his music career falls flat.