Man Seeks Donations to Keep Nickelback Away

Craig Mandell never wants to see the band play a show in London
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2014 9:23 AM CDT
Man Seeks Donations to Keep Nickelback Away
Singer Chad Kroeger and drummer Daniel Adair of Nickelback perform at the Juno Awards on Sunday, April 1, 2012, in Ottawa, Ontario.   (AP Photo/Arthur Mola)

It seems almost everyone dislikes Nickelback, but one London man apparently hates them more than most: Craig Mandell launched a crowdfunding campaign with the sole aim of keeping the Canadian band out of his city, Time reports. "Don't Let Nickel Back," which is being funded on the Kickstarter-like platform Tilt, has a goal of $1,000. For every $1 received, Mandell will email Nickelback's management on the donor's behalf "kindly requesting that they do not play in London, England, for the foreseeable future." For $5, you get a "slightly more forceful email" sent on your behalf; for $10, an email "full of explicit phrases and lots of capital letters and maybe even a rude emoticon or two."

But the pièce de résistance: For a $50 contribution, Mandell will send an email to Nickelback ... with an mp3 of the band's own music attached. "This way, the band will hear their own music, and likely retire immediately," he writes. Mandell was inspired by a recent crowdfunding campaign that convinced the Foo Fighters to play a previously nonexistent show—something he does not want to see happen with Nickelback. Mandell is actually friends with the organizer of that campaign, NME reports. As for the money he raises (he's currently only at $189), Mandell says he's not in the market for "personal profit" and will donate it to charity—"or perhaps therapy for those who've been affected by the band." (Could U2 be heading for Nickelback's fate?)

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