Nickelback Thank Black Keys For Insult

It's yet another hilarious response from Nickelback to their critics. So how did they deal with yesterday's insult from the Black Keys drummer?

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Nickelback have given a hilarious response to The Black Keys, who yesterday claimed that rock is dying because of the mainstream rock act.

Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney complained to Rolling Stone that Nickelback caused a lull in guitar groups because "[Musicians] became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be s--t - therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world."

Nickelback took to Twitter to reply with a typically wry back-handed comment:

Thanks to the drummer in the Black Keys calling us the Biggest Band in the World in Rolling Stone.Hehe.

Nickelback (@Nickelback) January 5, 2012

It is not the first time Nickelback have dealt well with criticism. In November, a petition to ban them from playing at half-time during a football game in Detroit collected more than 50,000 signatures. Their response? To produce a self-parody for Funny-or-Die to make light of the situation, earning the band a good dose of respect.

Similarly, the sports star Peter Moylan, a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, tweeted that the band should visit a Foo Fighters concert to "see how it's done." Nickelback quickly replied to say the Foos are killer, and asked Pete whether it was better watching his team mates from the bench or the TV. Touche!

With their latest album "Here And Now" shooting straight to the top of the Billboard chart in early December, and more than 3 million sales of their 2008 album "Dark Horse", we can understand why Nickelback are targeted by people who dislike mainstream music.

However, we have to respect Nickelback's sense of humor and way they deal with critics; with maturity and aplomb. Let it be a lesson to all of us.

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    nailsarecruel
    Replace "a hilarious response" with "an annoyingly well handled response". And lol @ the Peter Moylan response.
    dixon247
    Nickleback seem to just be on here every other day Whatever they are doing must be working for them though Plus you have to admire that the band don't seem to take themselves too seriously
    Ceesjah
    Gotta hand it to them, they are funny And everyone only says they hate Nickelback's music because it's cool to say it, not because they actually do.
    Eirien
    It's cool to say it's cool to hate Nickelback, that's why I say I hate them. It's not because I actually hate them. But seriously, I don't hate them. Not heard one note of their music since that Rockstar song was popular a few years back.
    Firewind Raging
    I guess 50,000 signatures on a petition means nothing to a band that sells millions of records, makes millions of dollars and plays to millions of fans. And fair play to them. I'm not really a fan but I like a couple of their heavier songs like "Burn It to the Ground" and "Fight for All the Wrong Reasons".
    skilletfan17
    God, you UG members are the worst, instead of appreciating music in its diverse forms, you continue to idiotically fuel the retarded articles ranging from Mike Portnoy eating a chicken sandwich to someone's grandmother liking Metallica with your ignorant comments that make rock music into a stereotype. People really do love to hate Nickelback and Justin Beiber because it's "cool" or socially accepted. This is just really annoying because we have the biggest evolution of music in our generation--so many genres now with so much diversity--yet we can't fully appreciate it because stupid/ignorant people go around spewing poisonous stereotypes about different kinds of music, ruining it for everyone. I like Nickelback--they make impressive melodies, riffs that sound cool, some meaningful lyrics now and then, and can kick the crap out of pretty much any band you guys like live, despite the gritty voice of Kroeger; I also like tons of other metal bands, rock, classical, some pop, indie, songwriter, rap, the list goes on because I'm musically open-minded. Sorry of this rant, I just wanted to encourage musical honesty and address a problem that needs to be addressed, not that my comment even matters.
    Powerpro
    I'm not much of a Nickelback fan but I do commend them for handling these things like that. Its pretty easy when you have a lot of people that do like you and buy your records. It was like when Creed was at there best, lot of critics but a helluva lot of fans.
    Year Zero
    I actually respect Nickelback for taking all this crap talking so lightly. They may not be the best band but they certainly are far from the worst.
    guitarist41
    Even though I'm not into their music, I respect Nickelback. They seem to do what they want, they give their fans a good show at their concerts, and they take all the crap they get in good humour.
    w77yyz
    skilletfan17 wrote: God, you UG members are the worst, instead of appreciating music in its diverse forms, you continue to idiotically fuel the retarded articles ranging from Mike Portnoy eating a chicken sandwich to someone's grandmother liking Metallica with your ignorant comments that make rock music into a stereotype. People really do love to hate Nickelback and Justin Beiber because it's "cool" or socially accepted. This is just really annoying because we have the biggest evolution of music in our generation--so many genres now with so much diversity--yet we can't fully appreciate it because stupid/ignorant people go around spewing poisonous stereotypes about different kinds of music, ruining it for everyone. I like Nickelback--they make impressive melodies, riffs that sound cool, some meaningful lyrics now and then, and can kick the crap out of pretty much any band you guys like live, despite the gritty voice of Kroeger; I also like tons of other metal bands, rock, classical, some pop, indie, songwriter, rap, the list goes on because I'm musically open-minded. Sorry of this rant, I just wanted to encourage musical honesty and address a problem that needs to be addressed, not that my comment even matters.
    [pause].... yes but this one goes to 11.
    iommi600
    actually a good response to a very douchy statement from Patrick, but still I hate Nickelback and enjoy Black Keys.
    meow1992
    I like the guys in Nickelback. their pretty cool guys, all around. but their music sucks serious shit.
    PlayMeSomeFloyd
    I've seen Nickelback live like about 5 times and they are EXTREMELY tight and solid musicians. I happen to like their music, as Chad Kroeger is a great songwriter. But that is soley a matter of opinion. Knocking their musicianship is really uncalled for though. Besides, what the hell is some drummer doing insulting a guitar player? For the record, I am an independent artist based out of Nashville, like the Black Keys, and although I currently favor the indie path over the major label one, I NEVER knock someone else for acheiving success bigger than my own. That gets you nowhere. Success as an indie comes from hard work and big dreams. I think the Black Keys should just stick to that. Besides, they are doing pretty damn good for themselves I'd say. What's all the whining about?
    Ibeanez
    TOOLeffingTOOL wrote: The consumer is the reason Nickelback is popular. Plain and simple people buy their music. So if you hate their music, don't take it out on them. Take it out on record execs and the consumers.
    Every person on earth is "the consumer". It's about a general lack of music education and appreciation, and low standards that result. Been that way for decades now. Problem is, if we could hypothetically force the standards higher, how many rock bands would even be left? The Black Keys have no business criticizing anyone.
    peachesenregali
    Eifler121 wrote: Ibeanez wrote:TOOLeffingTOOL wrote:The consumer is the reason Nickelback is popular. Plain and simple people buy their music.So if you hate their music, don't take it out on them. Take it out on record execs and the consumers.Every person on earth is "the consumer". It's about a general lack of music education and appreciation, and low standards that result. Been that way for decades now. Problem is, if we could hypothetically force the standards higher, how many rock bands would even be left?The Black Keys have no business criticizing anyone.Actually they have every business criticizing everyone. They're the best band to come out in my lifetime for sure, and they've made guitar-based music interesting again to the majority.
    Wether I take what you just said seriously depends on what year you were born.
    Dardar1989
    Don't like their music but it's good to they have a good sense of humor and can laugh at themselves. Patrick Carney is a massive troll and I wouldn't take anything he says in interviews seriously. Anyway the Black Keys make good music
    Gee Halen
    Tell you what: I don't switch to another channel if Nickelback's on. Moreover I sing along with (or at least attempt to) "Rockstar" in my car eventually.
    AcdcTXfan
    Like em or not, you can't deny the sense of humor they have for themselves. They had every right to cuss back at them and handled it very maturely.
    TOOLeffingTOOL
    The consumer is the reason Nickelback is popular. Plain and simple people buy their music. So if you hate their music, don't take it out on them. Take it out on record execs and the consumers.
    LesThanPaul
    I'm starting to like Nickelback more and more. This is a great reply. Also, the Black Keys need to stfu. They're acting like they're some godsend to protect the spirit of rock and roll, when in reality they're just some average indie band that is going to be passed over soon.
    GeekInThePink
    They have a few good songs, a few OK songs, and a lot of horrible songs, but I really like how they've handled criticism.
    GBcommander
    iPotatoes wrote: Why do people hate Nickelback? It really doesn't make any sense to me.
    Not sure if serious...
    Set-Abominae
    At this point, I'm cheering for Nickleback. They've taken all the shit people give them, shrugged it off, laughed in their face and continued making millions.
    betterman5
    0zzmosis wrote: At first glance of the photo, I thought it was Nicolas Cage. I'm not a fan of Nipplecrack :/
    Nipplecrack? Wow man, thats so ****ing funny I nearly peed my pants. Moron.
    Sean-Man
    I like the Black Keys, but those two can be damn mouth pieces sometimes.
    RockInPeaceDime
    The mainstream band that sold their track list as shitty background music for advertising commercials is mad because "Nickelback is making mainstream rock look bad." Nickelback has some jokes, but TBK has better jokes. That interview was hilariously retarded and hypocritical.
    spiff-corgi
    I love that hating Nickleback became so cool that now it's flipped to the complete reverse and loads of closet Nickelback fans are coming out. Personally I'm indifferent about them.
    jonathanb2
    Ha! I think that was a great way of dealing with some idiot who used his only Rolling Stone interview to tell the world how jealous he is of Nickelback.
    Paroxysm
    Haters going to hate. If I was rich as the members of Nickelback, I wouldn't care what other musicians think to be honest. Besides, they do have some good songs.
    Vinson
    I like Nickleback. And now I'm gonna start saying I LOVE Nickleback so I don't look like all the sheep here who hate them because they sell.
    DreamTheaterFan
    I don't like their music, but at least they have a sense of humor! Seriously, they don't give a damn about haters, and that's how it should be.
    Jimmyboba
    If only more people handled criticism like this. Never been a big Nickelback fan (their music makes me cringe) but the world would be a better place if more musicians took criticism like this.
    mustaine42
    There is one comment I hate seeing more than anything: "Nickelback is so popular because mainstream consumers aren't smart in the music area" First off, that is by far the most idiotic statement I've ever heard. You are saying a band sucks because they aren't technical. Since when did that become criteria for being held in high regards? I enjoy their music. I also have a lot of Porcupine Tree, Opeth, and a lot of really technical music on my computer. I still like Nickelback. Simple doesn't make it bad. Good god. Music is about what you feel. If Kroeger wants to sing about drinking, let him. While they may not be technical, I will say this: Their riffs will stay in my mind over some ridiculous tech riff that lasts for over a minute and half. You cringe when you hear them? Why? Because the ****ing tempo isn't at 160bpm double time? Ha. Have you ever watched a live performance? I've NEVER seen such a perfect performance. They literally never mess up. His voice sounds exactly the same live, the guitars are badass, and the drummer is very good. They sell a lot of records for a reason. No, the consumer isn't musically ignorant. You are.
    peachesenregali
    Nickelback have given a hilarious response to The Black Keys, "Thanks to the drummer in the Black Keys calling us the Biggest Band in the World in Rolling Stone.Hehe." Whats hilarious about that? That reply is about as funny as cancer.
    MoshGrizzly
    JSTER720 wrote: who the **** are the black keys? i dont like nickelback at all but they shouldn't be talking smack if know one knows them..
    The Black Keys are really well known and popular too actually. Not to mention ****ing awesome
    bitchfist
    love em or hate em, at least nickelback doesn't try to be something they're not... which is a shame cus what they are sucks hard
    Fuzzy Rockstar
    So what if Nickelback are mainstream rock? Maybe it's just over here in the UK, but I would rather hear the entire Nickelback catalog repeated constantly on the radio rather than the dubstep and dance shit that gets played all the time.
    Kenjisan231
    CJMusics wrote: Thumper! wrote: And yet the Black Keys are now mainstream as well... I still wouldn't call them mainstream, Yeah they are on the radio but they still aren't that well known. Best band around though i must say.
    They are doing an Arena tour right now, if you ask me, they have broken into the mainstream. Mind you, I am not saying anything about their music, or about them as people, but if it walks like a duck.
    bfk
    uh this is so 90's. And what's the BKeys Drummer complaining about. I just bought a ticket for a Black Keys concert for 50 f***n USD (concert in germany). Tell me what's not mainstream about that!
    Zeppelin Addict
    Keys = Less popular radio rock, than Nickleback. IMO They're both meh.. I've got no love or hate for either. Nickleback deserves respect for handling this lightheartedly, Patrick Carney just seems like a jealous douchebag throwing a tantrum over the fact that they aren't as popular.
    eclecticmantz
    JSTER720 wrote: who the **** are the black keys? i dont like nickelback at all but they shouldn't be talking smack if know one knows them..
    ...well. actually a lot of people know the Black Keys. Their stuff is pretty good too in my opinion.
    scawti
    As will a lot of the posts, not a fan of Nickelback, but like how they act off the stage. Good ol' Canadian boys. How can Black Keys retort a statement like that without looking like jerks? I still have issue with all the 'pop' bands claiming that rock is dead... in who's opinion? Next time Black Keys or Ke$hia grab a couple of bands and fill Yankee Stadium, I'll take their opinion serious about the demise of guitar music.
    eclecticmantz
    for all the people who say there are people who only dislike Nickelback and Justin Bieber just because it's 'cool': Just like to throw out throw out there that I genuinely don't like them because I genuinely don't like them. I'm not gonna say they're not talented because they probably can actually play pretty well, but the talent that is required to play music is not the same talent required to make good music. Neither Nickelback nor Justin Beiber have the latter, or if they do, they choose not to use it. Which is just dumb as hell.
    JDR3009
    There's still 1 big difference between Oli Sykes doing this and Nickelback. Oli syskes tries to act like he'd beat you up while Nickelback just have fun with it. Not trying to defend them, just saying that Oli tries to act tough in this situation when he's really, really not.