Nickelback has gotten a negative reputation over the years. But while hating Nickelback was cool up to the mid-2010s, fans have noted that it was unnecessary. After all, it seems that the audiences have matured. There’s no point in openly criticizing music. Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger recently opened up on the matter.
Chad Kroeger talks about the matter
Nickelback is still associated with the issue and in a new interview for Metal Global, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger addressed the issue by explaining how the band got so much hate in the first place. He said:
“I think I’ve got a pretty good grasp of where things kind of went off the rails for us. I think that because we write so many different kinds of music, I think that if you were listening to a radio station any time between 2000 and 2010, ’11, ’12 even, we were kind of tough to get away from. ‘Cause if you didn’t wanna hear it and you changed to a different radio station, you’d probably hear it on there, and then changed to a different radio station, you probably were gonna hear it in so many different places. And we were really tough to get away from.
“And that’s not my fault. [Laughs] We just write the songs. And so with that comes backlash. And then what happens is then comedians start making jokes, and then it starts making it on to TV, and then it makes it into movies and stuff like that. And then it just turns into this wave of, it’s fun to pick on and it’s an easy joke. And I get it. I understand.
“There are bands that when I hear them on the radio, I… And they’re very popular bands… I mean, we all have those. No one is exempt from that. There are certain bands where you just hear them and you just don’t like ’em. And other people may — half the world may love them, and I’ll just be, like, ‘No. I just cannot hear this band one more [time].’ And just like everyone else does, I just change the channel. But we became the whipping boy of the music industry for a while there. But whatever. It’s just part of the history of the band.”
Kroeger further weighed-in on the issue and pointed out that Nickelback is far from being the only band that got this negative attention. He recalled his brief chat with Def Leppard members:
“It’s funny because we were at the American Music Awards, and we were presenting, and we presented to Def Leppard. And when we walked backstage afterwards, Joe Elliott and Phil Collen turned to me, and they were just, like, ‘Dude, thank you so much.’ I’m, like, ‘For what?’ They were, like, ‘For taking the trophy. We get to pass the baton to you for being the most hated band in the world now.’ And I was just, like, ‘Oh, yeah. ‘Cause I want that.'”
AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson also talked to the guys from Nickelback about it. Chad recalls:
“And it’s funny — we went for dinner with AC/DC in Chicago years and years and years ago. And this whole thing came up. And Brian Johnson said when they released ‘Back In Black’, they were the most hated band on the planet. So I feel like we’re in good company. [Laughs]”