I'm sharing this following article for a few reasons, the first of which is that I'm a big fan of Chuck Klosterman. I've read 3 of his books and actually saw him speaking at a college a few years ago. Here he's attended a double-header of concerts in NYC seeing Creed in one venue and Nickelback in the other. Here's the link:
A Night With The World's Most Hated Bands
Here's the quote I think I like best:
"The one transcendent Nickelback song is the semi-acoustic "Rockstar," a dilemma for all those who want to erroneously pretend that Kroeger has no sense of irony. "Rockstar" has a faultless construction — it's simple, true, sarcastic, and aspirant. I suppose those four qualities also describe Nickelback, which is another reason why humorless people will always hate them."
A lot of fun stuff in there overall though. I'm also fascinated how many people put so much energy into hating these 2 bands, yet they selling millions and millions of records. Personally I like them both and have seen them both in concert at least 3 times each. I realize they're both pretty "safe" rock and bit paint-by-numbers, but what do I care? I like their sounds and they have some fun songs and were fun concerts. I'll go again if I get the chance.
I think a lot of people probably just got sick of them as they've both been way overplayed on the radio. The trick to that for me is that I never listen to the radio really. I do crank some Sirius satellite radio but it's usually one of several stations so I'm always scanning.
I'm also amazed at how many people put energy into hating bands at all anyway. The amount of hate Justin Bieber gets is unreal. I'm just indifferent to bands or types of music I don't care for I guess. I focus my attention on the stuff I like.
But anyway... check out the link above for a few laughs from a great writer.