They have been called the most universally-hated band. They have one of the most-vandalized Wikipedia pages in history. Now, one man is working to keep them out of London. The infamous Nickelback is the target of a new Kickstarter campaign called “Don’t Let Nickel Back,” which has set its goal at $1,000.
Despite their widespread commercial success in the 2000s, the Canadian post-grunge group began receiving criticism for the style and quality of their music. Somewhere along the way, the criticism snowballed into full-on disdain at a comic level, with some mob psychology certainly rolled into the mix. Think Justin Bieber hate, or Rebecca Black’s “Friday” hate, but stretched over 15 years.
In 2011, over 50,000 people signed a petition to try to stop Nickelback from performing for the Thanksgiving Halftime Show in Detroit. By 2013, readers of Rolling Stone had named them the second worst band of the 90s (a close second behind Creed), and Nickelback had become more meme than music.
This past May, former Phillies MVP Ryan Howard was forced to publicly respond to allegations that he enjoys their music, when opposing fans held up a sign that said “Ryan Howard likes Nickelback.” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel faced a similar reputation hit in 2012, when someone held up a sign that said, “Rahm Emanuel likes Nickelback.” His spokesperson publicly denied the claims with a straightforward “no.”
The recent Kickstarter campaign is taking the Nickelback hate to a new level. Although the band does not currently have any tour dates scheduled in London, a man named Craig Mandell, who has described their music as “unlistenable,” intends to keep it like that. Every person who makes a donation toward the $1,000 goal will have an email sent to the band’s management on their behalf. The severity of the message is dependent upon how much money is contributed.
“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,” writes Mandell. “Just imagine, thousands – perhaps tens of thousands of music lovers – all not witnessing an exclusive concert by Nickelback in London. It will be glorious. Legendary.” You can check out the “Don’t Let Nickel Back” campaign here.