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(Grantland)   These guys took in a concert doubleheader with Creed and Nickelback, so we don't have to   ( grantland.com) divider line
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2012-04-25 01:41:39 PM  
4 votes:
Nickleback will never be as shiatty, pandering, or talentless as KISS

/The End
2012-04-25 05:23:34 PM  
1 vote:
My "cool story bro" story of the day:

One of the coolest, happiest, and in-demand bands I ever knew were -- no shiat -- a western swing dance band in the vein of Asleep at the Wheel. I mean, these guys (and gal) were constantly working, and had the most rabid fan base I've ever seen. And not just bluehairs -- they drew quite a few of the young 'uns to the clubs and dancehalls they played at. They've been doing the gig for twenty years, and can probably go on for twenty more. I love watching them not so much because I love the music (though I do) but because I love they way they do it: they're great musicians and they always put on a great show. They're pros.

The musicians all knew that they weren't creating art. Hell, half of them weren't even particular fans of the swing/jazz genre. But they loved playing music and wanted to do it for a living, and because they were pros, they brought their A game to every show. They weren't the best of friends, but they all liked each other and respected each other. They had fun, but they also had personal lives apart from the band. They had wives, kids, non-music-world friends, and all the rest. They've learned to have separate identities from their musical world.

I enjoy playing the "your band sucks" game as much as anyone else, but ultimately, as a listener, it just boils down to which sounds tickle my brain in just the right way. I also find that some bands and performers can impress the hell out of me without necessarily playing music that I "like" (Jack White is one of these). And to me live shows always trump recordings: I'll almost always give a band a chance live, even if I wouldn't buy their CD.

I'd go to see a Jack White show for the same reason I'd go to see a Mel Torme show: I like to watch musical pros do their work. I get the listener's pleasure of hearing good music along with the craftman's pleasure of seeing a job well-done.
2012-04-25 05:04:35 PM  
1 vote:
There are a lot of people in this thread that say people just hate Nickelback just because it's cool to hate them. Let me put forth another perspective. Every time I listen to the radio and a Nickelback song comes on, I am shocked by how much I don't like it. Every song of theirs that I've heard (by no means an exhaustive list) is, in my opinion, plodding, humorless, lowest-common-denominator awfulness. And I like rock music, or used to. The most straight-ahead rock band that I have liked recently is The Joy Formidable, if that gives you any sort of barometer.
2012-04-25 05:03:07 PM  
1 vote:

Strategeryz0r: El Brujo: Top Pizzarock bands:

Limp Bizket
Linkin Park
Kid Rock
3 Doors Down

Van Halen
Def Leppard
Bon Jovi
Judas Priest
Buck Cherry

Your list missed a few. Hell I probably missed a few.

Fark you for including Judas Priest and Motorhead on there. Those are two solid early metal bands. Priest has been putting out amazing records for 40 years. I just saw them on their Epitaph tour and Halford is still amazing. The rest can DIAF though
2012-04-25 03:39:16 PM  
1 vote:

Mixolydian Master: Nickelback is one of the only bands around these days where when I buy there album, put it on and know it's a safe bet that it will be good until the final note of the last song.

I find their music incredibly challenging, daring, yet ultimately rewarding. Many similarities to the Velvet Underground, I think.
2012-04-25 02:15:07 PM  
1 vote:

bark_atda_moon: According to the author, the most 5 hated bands are Bush, Hootie and the Blowfish, Limp Bizkit, Creed, and Nickelback. Of the 5, with a gun to my head and I had to pick a concert to go to, I'd pick Hootie. Otherwise, I'd prefer being shot in the head.

I'd rather go see Bush, Hootie, and maybe even Creed before I'd see ICP live.
2012-04-25 01:45:32 PM  
1 vote:
I like Creed. The hate on Stap is pretty much because he was openly Christian. Nickleback however, does nothing for me.
2012-04-25 01:41:08 PM  
1 vote:

babysealclubber: No. I hate them for a myriad of reasons. It may be Kroeger's voice, their simplistic song writing, shallow lyrics, reliance on power chords, etc

And so again I say they aren't any worse than any other pop/rock band out there.
2012-04-25 10:28:13 AM  
1 vote:
I'd rather see Hole open for Tool.
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