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The Black Keys are currently on a break from their relentless touring schedule, but the duo won't just be sitting on the couch watching TV. Drummer Patrick Carney told RollingStone.com that they plan to get a head start on album number eight, saying, "We're going back in the studio in July. We'll have a couple weeks to start the next album then . . . We don't know when we'll be done but we're starting it in July. We might not finish it until March since we have to tour so much but we'll see. We don't know what's going on. After July, we'll be able to know how long it'll take."Carney added that the Keys hope to get the follow-up to 2011's El Camino in stores by next year.Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach told us that the duo never records more than it has to for an album: "In general we like, record 11 tracks and we're done. I hear a lot of bands who are like 'we recorded 23 tracks and then we picked seventeen, and then we recorded those, and then we whittled those down' -- we never do that. We've never done that. We record our songs and then we put 'em on the record, you know? When we get enough songs for an album, we stop (laughs). I don't know if it's 'cause we're lazy or what, but that's how we do it." The typically opinionated Carney also gave RollingStone.com his thoughts on playing Lollapalooza in August, which the Keys will be co-headlining with the reunited Black Sabbath. Carney said, "I love Black Sabbath, but I don't know if I'd want to watch Black Sabbath without (drummer) Bill Ward. The band is Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Ozzy. I have no interest in seeing bands with partial lineups."Carney added, "I just saw Van Halen without Michael Anthony. I'm not a very big Van Halen fan but it was such a f***ing bummer. Like what the f*** is the point?"The Black Keys will play the inaugural Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware from July 20th to the 22nd, followed by the Catalpa Festival in New York on July 28th, Lollapalooza on August 3rd and a handful of Canadian dates before heading to Europe.

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