June 25 is a landmark day in the calendar year. Besides being the birthday of literary and entertainment legends such as George Orwell, Ricky Gervais, Sidney Lumet and Carly Simon, it’s also the 40th birthday of one Mike Kroeger, also known as the bassist from Nickelback.
Now, Nickelback have gotten a lot of flak over the years, and for some reason, appreciating the band seems to be equivalent to worshiping Satan.
I’ve never really quite understood why the Canadian quartet is so reviled. When they were scheduled to perform at halftime during a Thanksgiving football game, people went crazy — protests, petitions, media coverage. And then Patrick Carney of the Black Keys had to go and tell Rolling Stone that “Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world” and “they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be sh-t.” I mean, I might not agree with the lead singer’s choice in fiancees, but come on! Kroeger and company created instant gems like “Photograph,” “How You Remind Me” and “Far Away.”
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