Nickelback have their fair share of detractors, and let’s face it, they are often the unfair scapegoat for everything that is wrong with modern rock music, but no one can accuse the band of taking themselves too seriously.
What can you do when you've sold more than 20 million records and the drummer for a blogger-friendly indie-rock duo tees off on you during an interview with Rolling Stone? Nickelback had to find the answer to the question recently, when Patrick Carney of the Black Keys said "Rock ‘n’ roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world" -- and to Nickelback's credit, they were able to find the humor in the situation.
Rock started losing its primacy on the charts in the '80s, and these days, the Top 40 is almost exclusively the domain of pop and hip-hop acts -- a state of affairs that has prompted a steady flow of "is rock dead?" editorials over the last couple of decades. Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney isn't willing to bury the genre just yet, but during a recent interview with Rolling Stone, he singled out Nickelback as a major cause of rock's decline on the charts.
Nickelback and the world of sports just don't seem to be getting along lately. Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Peter Moylan began a Twitter war with the band, who retaliated with some tough words of their own.
When it was announced that Nickelback would perform during halftime of the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions NFL game on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit, a group of 'Back haters started an online petition seeking a different act for entertainment. It's just the latest in a steady stream of disses directed at the band -- yet despite all the Nickelback bashing that goes on, the band members' feelings don't seem hurt in the slightest.
Nickelback recently performed during the halftime show for the Thanksgiving Day Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers match-up, but not without a little drama that including an online petition trying to prevent them from performing along with their own Funny or Die clip in response.
So after much fanfare leading up to Nickelback’s performance during the halftime show during yesterday’s Thanksgiving Day Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers match-up, including their own self-deprecating take at it on Funny or Die, the band took to the field in fine form.
Leave it to Funny or Die to remedy a touchy situation with a little comedy! By now we all know that a few people in Detroit are not happy about Nickelback’s upcoming performance during the United Way Thanksgiving Halftime Show during the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers game on Thanksgiving Day. The online petition hasn’t deterred the band too much, but why not have a little fun with it.
Nickelback is set to release their new album ‘Here and Now’ on Nov. 21, but fans hoping to hear it a little bit sooner can now head over to iTunes at the link below, where the full album is streaming for free all week!
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