The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach: ‘Neil Young trod on me when he was soloing’

Frontman says 'it was cool' to join the Canadian singer on stage in New York last Saturday (September 29)

The Black Keys‘ frontman Dan Auerbach has said that Neil Young trod on his foot when he joined the legendary rocker on-stage last weekend in Central Park, New York.

Alongside Foo Fighters and Band of Horses, The Black Keys played Keep On Rockin’ In The Free World with Neil Young and Crazy Horse at the Global Festival on Saturday. Speaking on KROQ, Auerbach explained that Young managed to stamp on his foot during the multi-band jam session.

When asked about the performance, Auerbach said:

He stepped on my foot while he was soloing. He was wearing tennis shoes, so it didn’t hurt!

He added of playing with Young: “We felt like we were in an alternate universe. It was cool. He said, ‘You guys sounded great from my hotel room’. He was in his hotel room while we were playing.” Auerbach was speaking during a session for KROQ radio station, which was broadcast earlier today (October 5).

The band played eight songs during the session to an intimate 300-strong crowd of competition winners at the Red Bull Sound Space at the KROQ studios in Los Angeles.

The band recently revealed that they would be putting out a new album next year and drummer Patrick Carney said of their approach to what will be their ninth LP: “We’re gonna start it on our own and see what happens [with]­ just the two of us.”

He explained that they haven’t written any tracks for the record yet, saying: “Our brains kind of shut down when we’re on tour.” “A lot of people write during soundcheck,” added Auerbach, “but we can’t do that. We need to be isolated.”

The band were also asked if they hated lounge singer Michael Buble for keeping their 2011 album ‘El Camino’ off the top spot in the US Billboard charts, to which Auerbach responded: “That’s not the only reason [we hate him]. That was definitely a bummer.”

Answering a question from a crowd member about their best ever gig, Auerbach said “the best show is wherever the audience is best” but added that their recent show in Portland, Maine was a particular favourite, as the crowd “were going ape banana”.

The Black Keys played:

‘Howling For You’
‘Tighten Up’
‘Next Girl’
‘Dead and Gone’
‘Little Black Submarines’
‘She¹s Long Gone’
‘Gold On The Ceiling’
‘Lonely Boy’

The Black Keys play tonight (October 5) at tomorrow (6) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and return to the UK later this year for a full arena tour. They will kick off their six-date trek at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on December 7, before playing Glasgow’s SECC on November 8, Birmingham’s NIA on December 9 and the Manchester Arena on December 11. The tour will conclude at London’s O2 Arena on December 12 and 13.