I love Nickelback – although it has nothing to do with the songs, and I’ve been pretty partial to the releases. I love Chad and the guys. They are every inch a group of rockstars, and extremely kind people – I’ve been around them enough times to see the respect they have for the fans and music industry alike. I’ve never, ever understood the hate towards a band – any band. At least you feel something, I suppose, which, in PR, is better than apathy. But there’s no compelling argument for publicly berating a band for existing – none. You can’t discredit a band, you can’t fall back on ‘they suck.’ Nickelback and anyone who gets to a certain level of fame, sales and success deserves to be in the limelight, and the group are passionate, powerful, and help the entire music industry, get it? Good. I dont tell people what to buy, I only want people to buy, and listen, and love whatever they love. Because behind the actions of this British man launching a crowdfunding site to keep the band away (seriously – $250 raised is 1/1000th of the revenue generated by the band in record sales and touring) or those who signed a petition to stop the group from performing at The Super Bowl a few years back, it reeks of bullying at it’s finest – “you” (Nickelback) don’t deserve the radio play, the sales, the fans, the online pundits will say. They must be stopped, as if the band is pushing a dark disease into our bodies. It’s not fun. It’s not games. And people have to chill out, and fast, because every single time petitions like this get into the mass media, the trolls have yet another way to push out their hatred, a pure adrenaline shot in the arm of nothing but noise.
A British man named Craig Mandell recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to have Nickelback banned from playing in London, explaining, “With your help, we can ensure that the band do not schedule any gigs here, do not attempt to come here — nor even phone here.” The Pulse Of Radio asked Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger how he felt about Mandell’s initiative. “I love it,” he said. “I hope the money goes to charity and not in this guy’s pocket. More controversy that surrounds either myself, my personal life, the band, whatever — I think it’s hilarious.
“All these critics, they’re just tireless. They keep ragging on the band. If they had stopped writing all this stuff about us, there would be no controversy left in the band and we probably would have died out years ago. They don’t know that they’re still responsible for us being [laughs] around today.”
Mandell was hoping to raise $1,000 for his effort to keep the Canadian rock act out of the English capital for the foreseeable future. At press time, he had raised $266 from 51 backers, with 24 days left to go.