Black Keys Frontman Mourns New Orleans Legend Dr. John

Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach spoke with Rolling Stone on Friday (June 7th) to pay tribute to late New Orleans musician Mac "Dr John" Rebennack, who died last Thursday (June 6th) of a heart attack at age 77. Auerbach produced Dr. John's 2012 album, Locked Down, and played guitar on it, fulfilling a lifelong dream and helping the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee earn a Grammy.

Auerbach remarked, "I was in my studio -- the same one where we made the record -- when I heard he had died. It wasn’t totally unexpected. I’d heard a few things from people that he wasn’t well. It was actually a scientific miracle that he lived as long as he did. He abused his body for a long time. But when I heard, it was heavy. I immediately felt so grateful and thankful. It’s a blessing we had him around so long."

Auerbach added, "We lost one of the greatest musicians who ever lived and also one of the greatest reflections of this country, musically, in one man. He was a human melting pot, a human embodiment of what makes American music great. He grew up with different races and experiences, and it made him the most incredible mutt ever. We lost something that will never be duplicated."

The Black Keys will release their ninth studio album and first in five years, titled "Let's Rock," on June 28th. The duo will embark on a North American tour this fall in support of "Let’s Rock," starting September 21st at Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas.