Patrick Carney of The Black Keys says he wanted the duo to go on hiatus so Dan Auerbach could actually take a break from working.
Of course, Auerbach has produced a few albums, recorded and toured with The Arcs, and recorded a solo album due out later this year. Carney tells Rolling Stone, "He's a different type of person than I am. He has a harder time appreciating the things he's earned. Do you know what people say on their death bed? They regret working too much, and Dan and I have worked our asses off. I'd like to see him take a break. The reason why [we] are taking a break is for him to take a break."
Carney adds that fans shouldn't worry about this being a permanent break. "I love making music with Dan and I'm excited for when we do that next, and we will do it. But both of us have PTSD from being on the road constantly. This will be my first summer not working since I was in seventh grade. I mean, I wake up every day and I'm like, 'I can't believe [what] Dan and I accomplished.' But every day, it feels further and further away, even though it's only been a year and a half."