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Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger admitted in a new interview with Canada's Edmonton Journal that he doesn't see many critical or music industry accolades in the band's future. Asked about their chances of one day getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Kroeger said, "We may be dead by then but I think the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will probably show up the same time as our first Grammy."
Kroeger told us not long ago that keeping Nickelback's fans happy is more important to the band than anything else: "We don't feel pressure from the label or management or anything like that. We set the bar pretty high, you know, for ourselves and our fans because they're always in the forefront of our mind when we're creating new stuff, and we love giving our fans what they want. It's tough because picking out a Nickelback fan's tricky, you know, 'cause they're all over the map and they all like something different. So trying to keep all of them happy, it's a challenge."
Nickelback has been the source of constant criticism throughout their career, but it escalated in the past year.
The band was slammed earlier this year by Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, who said, "Rock 'n' roll is dying because people became okay with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world."
Last fall, more than 50,000 people signed a petition asking to have Nickelback removed from the halftime show at a Thanksgiving Day football game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers.
Kroeger said that the petition backfired, explaining, "When the whole thing was going on with the petition . . . the NFL was calling us twice a day going, 'Oh, my God, we're so happy. The viewership just went up by 15 million.'"
The band also receives a constant stream of insults on Twitter, but Kroeger said that the group enjoys fending those off. He remarked, "We're just laughing while we do it . . . whoever comes up with the most comedic thing, it's like, `Oh, that's good. We have to tweet that.'"
Nickelback is currently in the midst of a massive North American tour in support of its seventh studio album, 2011's Here And Now. The quartet next plays in San Jose, California on Monday night (June 18th).