Canadian band Nickelback 'wanted' for 'crimes against music' in Australia

Lead singer Chad Kroeger and his band are still the group everyone loves to hate. Now police in Queensland, Australia, say they are "on the lookout for these men who are believed to be impersonating musicians."

Queensland police 'on the lookout for these men who are believed to be impersonating musicians'

(Facebook/Queensland Police Service)

Nickelback is one divisive Canadian band, playing to fans around the world while also seeming to draw the ire of people everywhere they go.

For example, a London man attempted to prevent Nickelback from performing in his city with a crowdfunding campaign.

And then there's Jesse Carey of Virginia, who listened to Nickelback continuously for one week for charity. After completing the challenge, he said: "I don't think I could have gone one more minute."

Chad Kroeger credits Nickelback's longevity to the controversy created by its critics. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

All of this is nothing new for singer Chad Kroeger who laughs off the onslaught of criticism. In an October 2014 interview with The Pulse Of Radio in the U.K., he said, ​"If they had stopped writing all this stuff about us, there would be no controversy left in the band and we probably would have died out years ago. They don't know that they're still responsible for us being around today."

If Kroeger credits his hostile critics with helping the band survive, then he and his bandmates owe a big thank you to the Queensland, Australia, police for their Facebook post about the band.

"Police are on the lookout for these men who are believed to be impersonating musicians," the force said in a Facebook post on Wednesday, which includes a rough drawing of the suspects.

As it turns out, the Queensland police have a history of detesting Nickelback. In December 2014, they stated they would destroy a Nickelback CD received as a Secret Santa gift.

Nickelback is performing in Brisbane Wednesday night.


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