Nickelback target of stay-away crowdfunding campaign
Nickelback crowdfunding campaign to prevent band from playing in London, Don't Let Nickel Back. (Tilt.com)
Canadian rock band Nickelback may be one of the most successful rock bands of all time from the Great White North, but they don't get a lot of love on the Internet.
A Change.org petition in 2011 unsuccessfully attempted in to prevent the band from playing at halftime of an NFL football game even though the petition had almost 56,000 supporters. In 2013, people pranked friends by forcing them to watch one of the band's music videos in a Rickroll-inspired meme. Salon ranked them as one of the most hated bands of the last 30 years and now there is #dontletnickelback.
It is a hashtag inspired by London, U.K. resident Craig Mandell, who has launched a crowdfunding campaign to prevent Nickelback from ever playing in his city.
The band is scheduled to release their new album 'No Fixed Address' in November, and has not announced tour dates, but Mandell wants to make sure if lead singer Chad Kroeger and the band are thinking about London, they should think again.
"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," reads the campaign description on the website tilt.com.
"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. Dare we say, game changing?"
Supporters can pledge in amounts between $1-50. For the minimum commitment, Mandell will send a kind email to Nickelback management requesting that the band skip his city. A donation of $5 results in a "forceful" email, $10 a "somewhat explicit" email, and $50 guarantees an email containing an mp3 of a Nickelback song. It's Mandell's way of sending Nickelback's music back to the band.
As of Wednesday morning, the site had raised $252.
In the past few days, dozens of supporters have emerged on social media.