Somebody in England hates Nickelback so much that they’re crowdfunding a seemingly impossible dream to keep the Canadian rock band out of the U.K. for good.
“Following the recent crowdfunding of a Foo Fighters gig in Richmond, Virginia that did not exist, the Foo Fighters agreed to play the gig — subsequently traveling to Richmond and performing for thousands of adoring fans who helped make it happen,” a Tilt crowdfunding campaign titled “Don’t Let Nickel Back” reads.
“In a similar vein, we are attempting to ensure that Canadian ‘rockers’ Nickelback do not come to London, England, to play a gig,” the description continues. “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.”
With a $1,000 goal, it’s not clear how the campaign could possibly lead to Nickelback never performing in the U.K. again, but it has been shared through social media by thousands. Despite the publicity, however, only 42 people have contributed a total of $189, so far.
And perhaps that’s a good thing. Still, whoever is behind the campaign promises it “is not about personal profit,” and “all proceeds will go to charity.”
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Instead of offering perks, the crowdfunding campaign is promising to deliver “explicit” emails to the band and its management on behalf of contributors. Those who cough up $50 will be rewarded with the comfort of knowing the band has been sent MP3s of their own songs.
“This way the band will hear their own music, and likely retire immediately, thereby ensuring the success of our campaign,” the reward description reads.
This isn’t the first time the Grammy-nominated band that has sold over 50 million albums has had to deal with haters rallying against them.
In 2011, over 55,000 people signed a Change.org petition to convince the NFL to boot the band from a Thanksgiving day halftime show in Detroit when the Lions played the Green Bay Packers.
Nickelback, led by frontman Chad Kroeger, partnered with Funny or Die to respond, so it will be interesting to see if the band pays any attention to the latest jab at their reputation.