One Nickelback detractor has mounted a campaign to keep the band out of London, but Chad Kroeger is fine with that.
“I love it,” Kroeger told radio show The Pulse of Radio, according to NME. “More controversy that surrounds either myself, my personal life, the band, whatever. I think it’s hilarious.”
The crusade to prevent Nickelback from playing in London all started with a Kickstarter-like page that set out to raise money for the Foo Fighters to play a show in Virginia. It worked, and Craig Mandell—an avid Nickelback anti-fan—decided to try out the method for himself: He created a Tilt page that asks music lovers for a total of $1,000 “to ensure that Canadian ‘rockers’ Nickelback do not come to London, England to play a gig.”
Mandell writes that all proceeds will go to charity, or “perhaps therapy for those who’ve been affected by the band.” After hearing news that Kroeger is supportive of this mission, Mandell updated the page with Kroeger’s comment and a note that he expects “all Nickelback fans to immediately contribute, as it will make [Kroeger] very happy.” So far, that plea hasn’t worked out too well: The total’s only at $283 as of Monday, but Nickelback fans—or non-fans—have until Nov. 3 to contribute.
Thankfully for Mandell, Nickelback doesn’t have any shows planned for England right now. They are, however, releasing a new album in November.