Sunday, August 18, 2013

Nickelback Didn't Fumble at McMahon Stadium

I've never really hated Nickelback but there is a large group of detractors out there. The band went to tremendous expense to perform at the Alberta Flood Aid concert according to reports (none of the other performers seemed to need to make this fact known - but none of them are filling arenas either, bigger shows, bigger budgets).

Unfortunately for Chad Kroeger and his bandmates, much of that goodwill was lost because the band didn't allow live streaming of their performance. Artists are free to exercise control of their creative work but it does interrupt the flow of a show when the ending gets cut off.

Read - Update: Fans vent anger at Nickelback for refusing to allow flood aid concert to be broadcast

The only time I've experienced this was at the Calgary Folk Music Festival where in rare instances, performers demanded that the video feed for the big screens be turned off.  I don't know how to put this nicely but both times were with performers who struggle with mental illness (I believe Michelle Shocked in 2004 and Jeff Mangum in 2012 but I'm a bit hazy on the details).

No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness. - Aristotle

Unlike travelling folk singers, Nickelback is lucky enough to have "people" look after the details. Clearly "Nickelback Inc." didn't want their live show broadcast to the masses. A statement to that effect would clear things up but the circus has left town. An international tour starts shortly. One that will allow the band to make some Do-Re-Me. Weddings to pay for etc.

You can have your personal reasons to hate Nickelback but expecting them to provide a free performance beyond the confines of the Flood Aid concert isn't one of them. If you're a fan, you'll pay to see them. If you're not, nothing much has changed. 

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