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Nickelback Laugh Off Insults by Black Keys Drummer Patrick Carney

Roadrunner Records

What can you do when you’ve sold more than 20 million records and the drummer for a blogger-friendly indie-rock duo tees off on you during an interview with Rolling Stone? Nickelback had to find the answer to the question recently, when Patrick Carney of the Black Keys said “Rock ‘n’ roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world” — and to Nickelback’s credit, they were able to find the humor in the situation.

Nickelback winked back at Carney’s comments via Twitter, saying, “Thanks to the drummer in the Black Keys calling us the Biggest Band in the World in Rolling Stone. Hehe.” Say what you will about the band’s music, but that’s a pretty classy response to a profane (and really rather unfocused) diatribe — and it shows a sense of humor that’s all too often missing from musical feuds.

Of course, Nickelback are no stranger to the haters; just a couple of months ago, they were the focus of a petition meant to keep them from performing during the halftime show of the Detroit Lions’ game on Thanksgiving. Frontman Chad Kroeger didn’t take it personally, telling Billboard, “We get that all the time. We’ve never really been a critics’ darling or anything like that… The people speak. We sell a lot of records and fill a lot of arenas, and we don’t hear many complaints.” Nickelback even filmed a pretty hilarious video in response to the petition for ‘Funny or Die.’

When Carney’s original statements surfaced, we asked our readers via Loudwire’s Facebook page whose side they were on. Check out the varied comments here.

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