Over the weekend, Nickelback spent some time responding to haters spewing venom in their direction through the social media website.
"Hey @nickelback, time to be done with music.you ruin my day when I hear your music. #retire," tweeted @corymyoung.
To which Nickelback responded, "@corymyoung we thought about it. But how else could we cause you so much torment? So worth it. A lifetime of tunes just for you. #enjoy"
"nickelback makes me want to chop my ears off #worstbandever," tweeted @kiimboslicee.
That garnered this response from the band: "@kiimboslicee...did you do it yet? What's the holdup?"
Nickelback made it clear in multiple tweets that they were just having fun, tweeting at one point, "When people don't care is when you're in trouble."
The band, which originally formed in 1995 in Canada, has been one of the most commercially successful bands of its generation. Nickelback has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and according Yahoo! Music, the band trailed only The Beatles among foreign artists for album sales in the U.S. during the 2000s.
But despite the widespread popularity, Nickelback has also become a punching bag for music fans who feel the band produces shoddy music. Critics claim the band sticks to a similar, repetitive formula for each song, rather than strive for something more.
Nickelback received another critique last week, but it wasn't just anyone. Patrick Carney, the drummer for The Black Keys, ripped Nickelback and blamed the band for the fall of rock and roll.
"Rock'n'roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world," Carney told Rolling Stone. "So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be [expletive] - therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world. [Expletive] that."
As expected, Nickelback took the jab in stride.
"Thanks to the drummer in The Black Keys calling us the Biggest Band in the World in Rolling Stone. Hehe," the band tweeted.
When Nickelback isn't deflecting haters, the band is preparing for a new tour that will kick off April 10. The "Here and Now Tour 2012" will last through June 26 with 39 shows scheduled in the U.S. and Canada.
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