It appears even some law enforcement officials have an issue with Nickelback. With the band on tour in Australia and performing in Brisbane on Wednesday night (May 20th), the QPS Media Unit account on Twitter -- the social media site for the Queensland police -- issued an alert saying, "Urgent police warning: Men matching this description expected to be committing musical crimes in Boondall tonight," accompanied by a cartoon image of the Canadian rockers.
- The police force’s Facebook page took the joke even further, warning followers that the band members "are believed to be impersonating musicians" and warning residents near the gig, "Avoid the area. It may be hazardous to your hearing and street cred."
- Nickelback itself has yet to comment on the story or respond via its own Twitter account.
- The band has been the target of such jokes before. Last year, a British man named Craig Mandell launched a Kickstarter campaign to have Nickelback permanently banned from playing in London.
- Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger told us at the time how he felt about the initiative:"I love it. I hope the money goes to charity and not in this guy's pocket. More controversy that surrounds either myself, my personal life, the band, whatever -- I think it's hilarious. All these critics, they're just tireless. They keep ragging on the band. 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 (laughs) around today."
- Nickelback will play a few more shows in Australia and Japan before flying back to begin a lengthy North American trek on June 19th in Ridgefield, Washington.
- The band is touring behind its eighth studio album, No Fixed Address, The disc entered the Billboard chart at Number Four last November with sales of around 80,000 copies -- a far cry from the nearly 227,000 copies moved by the act's previous release, 2011's Here And Now.