Chad Kroeger has laughed off a crowdfunded campaign to keep his band Nickelback out of London, branding the drive "hilarious". The project, titled #DontletNickelback, was launched on crowdfunding website Tilt.com earlier this month (Oct14) by a Brit determined to stop the Canadian band from performing in the U.K. capital ever again.
However, frontman Kroeger is adamant the negative publicity is actually helping the group.
He tells The Pulse Of Radio, "I love it. More controversy that surrounds either myself, my personal life, the band, whatever - I think it's hilarious. All these critics, they're just tireless. 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 around today. I hope the money goes to charity and not in this guy's pocket."
The campaign, which is raising funds for charity or for "therapy for those who've been affected by the band", had raised $282 (£176) of its $1,000 (£625) goal as WENN went to press.
Brit Craig Mandell has launched a crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign to keep Canadian rockers Nickelback from performing in London. Inspired by recent online campaigns to raise funds for Foo Fighters gigs in Cornwall and Birmingham, England, Mandell has decided to offer music fans the chance to be part of an anti-concert initiative.
He is hoping to raise $1,000 (£625) to keep Chad Kroeger and his bandmates out of London for the foreseeable future.
On his Don't Let Nickel Back Kickstarter page, Mandell writes, "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... Just imagine, thousands - perhaps tens of thousands of music lovers - all not witnessing an exclusive concert by Nickelback in London. It will be glorious."
Those who donate to the cause will have their names added to a collection of emails that will be sent to sent to Nickelback's management company.
Mandell has given himself until 3 November (14) to raise the funds.
Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger appears to have dismissed rumours of trouble in his marriage to Avril Lavigne by posting a cryptic message on Twitter.com on the eve of his wife's 30th birthday. The rocker wed Lavigne last summer (13) after a whirlwind romance, but the couple hit headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier this month (Sep14) when tabloid reports suggested the singers were heading for a split.
A source told Us Weekly magazine, "He (Kroeger) has been going around L.A. (Los Angeles) telling people that they are divorcing."
The pair has yet to officially comment on the rocky relationship rumours, but Kroeger took to his band's Twitter.com blog on Friday (26Sep14) and appeared to blast the claims in a post which read: "I've been listening to a couple (of) Fleetwood Mac and Guns N Roses albums recently. RUMORS & LIES ... Too funny - CK".
Lavigne has remained silent on the story, but she celebrated her 30th birthday without her husband on Saturday (28Sep14), when she partied at the Bank Nightclub at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with a group of gal pals, including her sister-in-law Amie Lavigne and best friend Caryn Alpert.
The Sk8er Boi hitmaker, who wore a hot pink mini-dress for her big day, seemed to be in good spirits as she was presented with a sweet treat baked into the shape of a giant cupcake, topped with a large cherry.
Rockers Pearl Jam have paid tribute to the producer behind their iconic debut album Ten. Rick Parashar, 50, passed away on Thursday (14Aug14) at his home in Seattle, Washington after suffering a fatal blood clot, and his death has sent shockwaves across the music industry.
The stars of Pearl Jam have now offered up a moving tribute to their former collaborator, posting a picture of him on their website and across social media along with the message, "RIP to Rick Parashar who worked on Ten and (Eddie Vedder's pre-Pearl Jam band) Temple of the Dog. Our condolences go out to Rick's friends and family."
Parashar also worked with rockers Alice In Chains, who posted a snap on their own website, adding, "Remembering Rick Parashar today. Another good soul gone too soon. Our thoughts are with... the rest of the family."
Another of the producer's famous acts, Nickelback, also offered up a tribute to their late pal, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "Very sad to hear about the passing of Rick Parashar. Our thoughts are with his family & loved ones. RIP Rick."
Rocker Deryck Whibley has finally been granted permission to remove his ex-wife Avril Lavigne's last name from his official documents five years after their split. The Sum 41 star changed his name to Deryck Jason Lavigne Whibley after the pair married in 2006. They went on to split in 2009, and divorce a year later (10), but the musician only filed a petition to legally remove her name in 2013.
A Los Angeles judge granted the request in court on Thursday (12Jun14), according to TMZ.com.
Lavigne wed Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger last year (13), while Whibley is currently engaged to Ariana Cooper.
The name change comes as Whibley is recovering from a near-fatal health scare earlier this year (14), when his liver and kidneys collapsed after years of heavy drinking.
Canadian rockers Nickelback banned producers behind Jonah Hill's new comedy 22 Jump Street from using their music during a drug hallucination scene. The actor reveals he had the How You Remind Me hitmakers' songs blasting out from a stereo onset to help him get into character as he pretended to be under the influence during shooting, but the band refused to grant movie bosses permission to keep the tunes in the film.
Hill admits he has no idea why Nickelback objected to the request, but he wants fans to keep their music in mind while watching the scene because it'll make the sequence "way more awesome than weird".
Hill adds, "We specifically chose the music of Nickelback to play during my sequence, and they wouldn't let us use it...
"It's me having a complete drug trip to a Nickelback song, which I find hilarious, and they said no, so just imagine it with your minds and stuff."
Country star Miranda Lambert once hurled moonshine all over Canadian rocker Chad Kroeger after he pestered her to join him for a drink in a Nashville, Tennessee bar. The singer's husband Blake Shelton reveals the Gunpowder & Lead star took offence to something the Nickelback frontman said to her and left him drenched in alcohol.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "People always try to pop off or call her bluff at bars... He tried to get her to drink some moonshine, and she said no. He was drunk, and I can't remember what he said to her, but she grabbed that jar out of his hand and threw it on him.
"So then me and him ended up getting into it."
Kroeger is now married to Avril Lavigne after tying the knot last year (13).
Punk pop star Avril Lavigne has reached out to her ex-husband Deryck Whibley to offer her support after he went public with news of a recent hospital stay to treat years of alcohol abuse. The Sum 41 rocker shocked fans on Friday (16May14) by revealing his liver and kidneys had collapsed following years of heavy drinking.
Lavigne has since pledged her support for Whibley via Twitter.com. Taking to the website on Saturday (17May14), she wrote, "Spoke to @Sum41 Deryck today. I am so proud of him. He is family to me and always will be. #StayStrongDeryck." Whibley, who has been warned that one more taste of alcohol could kill him, was photographed for the first time since his big reveal on Monday (19May14).
He looked extremely frail and thin as he was helped to walk around a Los Angeles neighbourhood by his fiancee Jocelyn Aguilar and a friend. Lavigne was married to Whibley for four years before their divorce in 2010. She is now wed to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger after tying the knot last year (13).
Avril Lavigne's Hello Kitty obsession is quickly taking over her house - she has filled three rooms full of cute memorabilia. The pop punk has been collecting soft toys and keepsakes of the Japanese bobtail cat cartoon from her travels around the world for years, but she's struggling to contain her vast collection and she's starting to feel sorry for her new husband, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger.
She tells U.S. talk show host Katie Couric, "Chad has been so kind because... one room turned into two rooms and now I'm working on a third, literally I have three Hello Kitty rooms and I just turned the office into pink everywhere..."
The couple wed in July (13) after a whirlwind romance.
Deryck Whibley is on a mission to recoup his birth name - the singer took ex-wife Avril Lavigne's name when they wed in 2006 and now he wants rid of it. The Sum 41 frontman decided to legally change his name to Deryck Jason Lavigne Whibley when he tied the knot with the pop singer, but now, three years after their divorce, Whibley is finally getting around to changing his name.
He recently filed a petition in a Los Angeles County Court to drop 'Lavigne' and go back to his birth name, according to TMZ.com.
Meanwhile, Lavigne has moved past their broken marriage at a quicker pace - she exchanged vows with Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger in July (13).