Almost a week after a man launched a crowdfunding campaign to ban Canadian rockers Nickelback from performing in London, frontman Chad Kroeger has responded to the the online slight.
"I love it," Koeger told The Pulse of Radio, Blabbermouth notes. "I hope the money goes to charity and not in this guy's pocket. More controversy that surrounds either myself, my personal life, the band, whatever - I think it's hilarious."
According to the crowdfunding website, Craig Mandell is trying to raise $1,000 for charity in order to ensure "that the band do not schedule any gigs here, do not attempt to come here - nor even phone here. 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?"
Different levels of contributions result in emails being sent to Nickelback's management requesting the band doesn't schedule any gigs in London. As the contributions increase, the emails get more "forceful" and "explicit." For a $50 donation, Mandell will send an email with a Nickelback mp3 attached in the hopes that "the band will hear their own music, and likely retire immediately, thereby ensuring the success of our campaign."
"All these critics, they're just tireless," Kroeger continued. "They keep ragging on the band. If they had stopped writing all this stuff about us, there would be no controversy left in the band and we probably would have died out years ago. They don't know that they're still responsible for us being [laughs] around today."
Nickelback's eighth studio album, No Fixed Address, is out Nov. 18.