The Black Keys star Dan Auerbach used new album Turn Blue as a form of therapy after his marriage to Stephanie Gonis collapsed. Auerbach went through a very nasty and public divorce in 2013 with his wife of four years and mother of his daughter, Sadie.
Gonis accused him of pushing her to self harming and he hit back by insisting she tried to commit suicide by slashing her legs in front of their child.
Now the musician has revealed he managed to overcome the pain of the split by writing tracks for his new record.
Auerbach tells the Brisbane Times, "Usually when I sit down with a song I can write about whatever I want. I can make things up, I can tell a story, I can be creative, there are no rules. But with this one my head was just so wrapped up in what was going on in my life immediately around me that I couldn't focus on anything else.
"I had to write about what was going on in my head. I used this record as a form of therapy, but that was also unavoidable. It wasn't like I could do something else, or write about something else, it was almost a necessity."
"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.
Jack White has apologised for criticising his ex-wife and former bandmate Meg White, singer Adele and rockers The Black Keys in a candid new interview with Rolling Stone magazine. The former The White Stripes frontman hit headlines last week (ends30May14) after opening up about his relationship with White in the revealing chat, claiming he always felt alone in the duo, even at the height of its success.
He said, "She's one of those people who won't high-five me when I get the touchdown. She viewed me that way of, 'Oh, big deal, you did it, so what?' Almost every single moment of The White Stripes was like that. We'd be working in the studio and something amazing would happen: I'm like, 'Damn, we just broke into a new world right there!' And Meg's sitting in silence."
He also reignited his long-standing feud with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, accusing them of continuing to copy his former band's sound, and took aim at British soul star Adele, suggesting she would not have sold 20 million copies of her album 21 if Amy Winehouse was still alive. However, he has now shared a lengthy open letter on his website apologising for his negative comments.
In a post titled, "An apology and explanation from Jack White", he claims he wanted to clear the air to avoid being "hounded by nonsense" in future interviews and blames his candid Rolling Stone comments on feeling "in a way forced into talking about very private opinions of mine". He insisted he bears no ill will to the likes of The Black Keys or Adele, and alleged his statements about ex-bandmate Meg were "blown out of proportion", adding, "Somehow I looked like I was picking on her. I would never publicly do that to someone I love so dearly. And, there are mountains of interviews where my words are very clear on how important I think she is to me and to music."
He continued, "Anyone who can get people to pay attention for more than a second with musical notes in this age, or any age for that matter, deserves credit and applause... "So, God bless The Black Keys, Danger Mouse, Adele, Meg White, and anyone else I've spoken about, and thank you for understanding. Good fortune to all of them, and I'm sorry for my statements hurting anyone."
The Black Keys star Patrick Carney has defended rock rival Jack White over his leaked email shame, insisting the former The White Stripes star did not deserve to have his private thoughts laid bare in public. Carney and his bandmate Dan Auerbach have long been at loggerheads with White after he accused them of copying his musical style and band name for their duo.
Last year (13), an email from White to his ex-wife Karen Elson - sent in the midst of the former couple's custody battle - was leaked to editors of a news website, who reported White told Elson he did not want their children attending the same school as Auerbach's kids and branded his rival an "a**hole".
Now drummer Carney has responded to the incident, admitting White "sounds like an a**hole" in the email but has been treated unfairly and did not deserve to have his private remarks aired in public.
Carney tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I actually feel embarassed (sic) for him... I don't hold grudges, man. I really don't. We've all said f**ked up s**t in private, and divorce is hard...
"I really think personal things are personal things... Everybody should be scrutinised? I don't believe that. I think that if you come off with a strong platform or moral agenda, then, yeah, maybe you should be scrutinised if there's a conflict there. Like, if you're a TV evangelist who's doing something awful. But you're a f**king rock musician, you're a f**king actor, you're a f**king model or whatever. It's your job, you know what I mean? No one's doing anything illegal, it's just that people are living lives that get complicated."
"We had just let him use a couple of songs for the documentary. He actually called to thank us and said, 'If I can ever return the favour, let me know'." Dan Auerbach on how The Black Keys landed boxer Mike Tyson as a pitch man - the former fighter announced the title of the duo's new album, Turn Blue, on his Twitter.com page.
The Black Keys have set up a mental health charity in their native Akron, Ohio to honour the man who inspired their name. Bandmates Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney's fathers cared for artist Alfred McMoore up to his death in 2009 and both guys grew up with the eccentric in their lives.
In a new Reddit.com web chat, drummer Carney writes, "He was schizophrenic, and lived in a halfway house, and really liked to draw with crayons and pencil on 5 foot by 50 foot scrolls of paper, and he was constantly calling both of our houses when we were kids, asking our dads to bring him pipe tobacco, Diet Coke and crayons.
"He would always end the message with, 'Don't be a black key. Don't be a B-flat'. It was his way of saying that the Black Keys sounded dissonant, or insulting someone. He was totally nuts, but a really sweet guy. He used to cry constantly.
"He passed away in 2009, and Dan and I set up a non profit in his name in Akron that helped take care of him in that halfway house. The service that they provide takes people who have mental disabilities and it helps them pay their bills, makes sure they're insured."
"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.
The Black Keys star Patrick Carney fears he and bandmate Dan Auerbach's marriages were doomed to fail because neither of the rockers were prepared for success. The drummer went through a bitter divorce in 2009 and Auerbach officially ended his marriage to Stephanie Gonis last year (13), and now Carney insists the two unions were destined to fall apart.
He tells the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, "We're dudes from Ohio. We were raised to get a job, have a family. No one prepares you for what it's like to want to hold on to those ideals and balance it with this job.
"For years, you don't make anything and you're treated like s**t, and then it flips. No one can prepare you for that transition, and it causes real problems."
"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.
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Models and musicians – the pairing is as perfect as pancakes and syrup. Just last week, U2 bassist Adam Clayton married his model girlfriend Mariana Teixeira de Carvalho in Dublin, entering a long, distinguished line of rockers who have said “hell yeah” to fashionistas and models around the globe.
Here’s a rundown of some of the best model/rocker pairings over the years.
Kate Moss and Pete Doherty Kate Moss may be happily married to The Kills’ Jamie Hince, but before there was Jamie, there was her busted relationship with Pete Doherty. Moss was hardly a vision of innocence herself, but hooking up with a notorious, self-admitted junkie made for pure tabloid gold. Drugs and scandal followed, with Doherty claiming everything from “loving her bones” to saying that Moss was a “nasty old rag” who once kicked him in the head. In his mind, the pair broke up because, according to Doherty, “I can’t buy her diamonds.”
Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley The Piano Man definitely loves his statuesque blondes, and supermodel Christie Brinkley is no different. Brinkley starred in Joel’s video for “Uptown Girl,” which, contrary to popular belief, wasn’t actually written about Brinkley, but another one of Joel’s model exes – Elle McPherson. The pair married in 1985, but their marriage was strained due to Joel’s philandering and love for booze, and they finally divorced at the end of 1993.
Jack White and Karen Elson This couple was smoking hot and seemed like they were made for each other. White and Elson met when the former starred in the White Stripes video for “Blue Orchid,” and the pair married in 2005. Although they divorced 6 years later, they were awesome enough to hold a divorce party in 2011, so everyone thought that all was well between the two. However, lately Elson has accused White of basically being a douchebag (who really has it out for the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, for some reason), and White has countersued her in what’s become a messy ending for the once-reigning Couple of Cool.
Caleb Followill and Lily Aldridge Son of a preacher turned rock star who has fire-sex meets California girl at overexposed music festival, and they live happily ever after – that’s essentially the story of Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill and Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge. The two met at Coachella in 2011 and married later that year. Their daughter, Dixie Pearl Followill, was born in June last year.
Simon Le Bon and Yasmin Parveneh Not all model/rocker pairings end badly. Simon Le Bon has been married to Yasmin Parveneh since 1985. At the time of their marriage, their relationship was all over the gossip headlines – Le Bon was the lead singer of Duran Duran, one of the biggest bands of the 1980s, and Parveneh herself was one of the highest-earning models of the decade.
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Previously trying his darndest to be the Leonardo DiCaprio of the pop world, Adam Levine has had a long list of models by his side. His latest model girlfriend, Behati Prinsloo, is set to be his future wife, putting to rest his image of the perpetual pop bachelor. Though the pair had briefly broken up and Levine wasted no time in hooking up with model Nina Agdal, the two got back together and decided to get engaged.
Agyness Deyn and Albert Hammond, Jr. When Agyness Deyn and Albert Hammond, Jr. hooked up in 2008, it seemed like a match made in hipster heaven. Usually seen in paparazzi photos holding hands and walking dogs, the relationship was rumored to be much rockier than it initially seemed, and the couple finally broke up a year later. Deyn has definitely dated her share of rock stars, including The Paddingtons’ Josh Hubbard, Phantom Planet’s Alex Greenwald, and Last Shadow Puppets frontman and solo artist Miles Kane. The world is waiting for a supergroup of all the model’s exes, hopefully called Deyn’s Discards.
Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter Like Billy Joel, Rod Stewart likes his women tall and blonde (and nearly identical-looking). In 1990, Stewart married model Rachel Hunter, the woman responsible for millions of young men saving up their dollars for Sports Illustrated issues in the 90s. The two separated in 1999 and officially divorced in 2006, and Hunter went on to have it going on as “Stacy’s Mom,” while Stewart – what else? – married another model.
Iman and David Bowie Arguably one of the coolest couples ever, Iman and David Bowie have been married since 1992. The union of Ziggy Stardust and the most gorgeous advocate for social aid had the entertainment world in a frenzy. Forget haters, barely anyone thought that this marriage would last, but twenty-one years later, the couple is still going strong.
Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour From the documentation of his behavior in the media, it’s safe to say that anyone who dates Axl Rose is probably making up for some bad karma in a past life. Allegations of physical abuse, theft, and violence Rose’s relationship with Seymour, but for some reason, the couple still decided to get engaged. The engagement was short-lived, due to Rose accusing Seymour of being unfaithful (because why would anyone cheat on a prize like Axl Rose?) and the couple finally broke up.
Keith Richards and Patti Hansen Who would’ve ever thought that Keith Richards would be the guy to be married to his wife for thirty years? Richards married model Patti Hansen in 1983 and have been together since then. A couple that makes it through drugs, rock and roll, Mick Jagger, and everything in between, is definitely a couple that stays together.
Paulina Porizkova and Ric Ocasek When these two hooked up, most people were scratching their heads, thinking “….what?” The gorgeous, then-19 year old Paulina Porizkova was featured in the Cars’ video for “Drive,” and although lead singer Ric Ocasek was still married at the time (and 35 years old), the two started dating and have been together ever since. Porizkova has also gone on to say that Ocasek is better-looking than George Clooney.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills And the award for the most notorious rocker/model pairing goes to Paul McCartney and Heather Mills. Mills is a former model, famous for 2 things: having a prosthetic limb as part of her leg and for trying to suck Sir Macca drier than anyone else ever could. The pair married in 2002 and divorced 6 years later, with the divorce becoming a highly-publicized affair for the settlement amount that the celebrities were fighting for. Mills wanted £125 million – McCartney offered £15.8 million. Because is £15.8 million is obviously pennies, Mills kept fighting for more, eventually ending up with a total of £24.3 million, plus £35,000 per year to take care of their daughter. The best part of this is that Mills fancies herself to be a charity campaigner.
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