A great way to get your beloved band to play your hometown is by starting a Kickstarter to raise to bring them around. It's worked wonders before; Inspired by a group of Foo Fighter fans who started a Kickstarter to bring the band to Richmond, Va., a bunch of fans in Birmingham, England, have raised nearly $90,000 in a bid to get a Foo Fighters show in their town, too.
But a Kickstarter aimed at getting a band to avoid your local arena? That's the goal of the "Don't Let Nickel Back," a Kickstarter with a mission, and that mission is to make sure the Canadian rockers never set foot in jolly old London again.
"We are attempting to ensure that Canadian 'rockers' Nickelback do not come to London, England to play a gig," reads the plea from the founder, who's looking for $1,000 for his campaign. "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. Legendary. Dare we say, game changing?"
So far, 24 people have donated a total of $127, with a minimum donation of $1 ensuring that your action will result in an email, "written on your behalf, to the management of Nickelback, kindly requesting that they do not play in London, England for the foreseeable future. You also get the added bonus of not seeing Nickelback." A $5 pledge will buy a "slightly more forceful email" and a $10 bid will get generate a note that is, "full of explicit phrases and lots of capital letters and maybe even a rude emoticon or two."
Nodody's bitten on the $50 donation yet, which promises to send Nickelback an MP3 of their own music. "This way, the band will hear their own music, and likely retire immediately, thereby ensuring the success of our campaign. You also get the added bonus of not seeing Nickelback. And perhaps helping to ensure no one ever does again," reads the pitch for the highest pledge.
The campaign's leader, British rock fan Craig Mandell, said he's not going to profit from this effort, but will instead donate all proceeds to charity, or, "perhaps therapy for those who've been affected by the band."
In the meantime, Nickelback is preparing for the November 17 release of their eighth studio album, No Fixed Address, whether the Kickstarter trolls like it or not. (And, one can only imagine, their sales won't be too tarnished by the Kickstarter, considering Nickelback's sold well over 50 million albums worldwide.) A spokesperson for Nickelback could not be reached for comment at press time.