A Kickstarter campaign aimed at preventing Nickelback from touring the UK has received the backing of an unlikely figure - Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger.

Kroeger (seen above with partner Avril Lavigne) described the campaign - dubbed 'Don't Let Nickel Back' - as "hilarious", adding that that things like this keep his band in the public eye.

Speaking to Pulse of Radio, Kroeger said: "I love it. [The] 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 don't know that they're still responsible for us being around today."

Kroeger elaborated: "If [critics] 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"

The Kickstarter campaign had attempted to raise funds to ensure that Nickelback couldn't tour in the UK - though it's unclear exactly how the movement by Londoner Craig Mantel would achieve this.

Either way, Kroeger seems to revel in the band's bad publicity and all signs point to Nickelback being part of our lives for a long, long time to come - whether you like it or not.

(via Pulse of Radio)