Poor Nickelback. Despite millions of albums sold and throngs of fans, the Canadian rockers get no respect. And now indie band The Black Keys are jumping on the anti-Nickelback bandwagon.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney rips Nickelback saying they’re responsible for the decline of rock music.
“Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world,” Carney says. “So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be s*** – therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world. F*** that!”
Carney’s hostility toward Chad Kroeger and team didn’t stop there. He discusses how much he resents that The Black Keys are even considered in the same musical genre as Nickelback.
“Rock & roll is the music I feel the most passionately about, and I don’t like to see it f****** ruined and spoon-fed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous s***,” he says. “When people start lumping us into that kind of s***, it’s like, ‘F*** you,’ honestly.”
This isn’t the first time Nickelback has been the subject of public scorn. In Nov. 2011, an online petition formed urging the NFL to sack the group from performing during halftime of the Thanksgiving Day game between Detroit and Green Bay. While the petition secured more than 50,000 signatures, the band played as scheduled.