Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger revealed how he feels about his band having an infamous title as ‘the most hated band’ as opposed to performing and selling out in the arenas worldwide and, apparently, Kroeger thinks negativity surpasses positivity when it comes to their music.
There are a lot of bands and musicians that people hate and what usually happens is that no one listens to their music and no one goes to their shows, and then eventually, they fade away.
Nickelback, on the other hand, has a reputation for being one of the most hated bands in the last decade. Moreover, they once took second place on a list made by Rolling Stone magazine named ‘Top 10 Worst Bands Of All Time’ back in 2013 right after Creed taking the first place. However, what makes their case peculiar is that they are extremely successful.
The band has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, has sold out Madison Square Garden, and has been nominated for six Grammy awards. There is no doubt that Nickelback is one of the most successful bands of the decade.
Although usually, Nickelback’s members don’t speak about this incident, during a recent interview with Jeremy White Podcast, bassist Mike Kroeger opened up about the opposition between being hated this much and being successful at a huge extension.
In his response, Kroeger stated that negativity is always louder than positivity therefore their success is being surpassed by this created hate. He also stated that hate, no matter what, will play a bigger part than love.
Here is what the interviewer said:
“To be a member of the perceived most hated band in the world to selling out every arena you play in, and selling millions of albums, that must fuck with your head in a lot of ways!”
Here is how Kroeger replied to the question:
“If you take it too seriously, it will. Because it’s like cognitive dissonance, this perceived most hated thing. I think that’s just because negativity is louder than positivity.
Hate will always get more play than love – that’s just how it goes. So if you compare that perceived hate you’re talking about with the numbers, someone’s full of shit.”
You can click here to see the source of the interview.