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Kensington Drunk Drivers Now Forced To Listen To Nickelback

It's never hard finding people who hate -- or at least say they hate -- Nickelback, but the latest indignity the group is suffering comes from its homeland.

The Kensington Police Service has posted a message online warning drunk drivers that, "When we catch you, and we will catch you, on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and year's driving suspension, we will provide you with a bonus gift of playing the office's copy of Nickleback in the cruiser on the way to jail. So please, let's not ruin a perfectly good unopened copy of Nickleback. You don't drink and drive and we won’t make you listen to it."

The message also features a photo of the cover from Nickleback's Silver Side Up album.

Kensington officer Robb Hartlen, who wrote the post, told CBC News that the department doesn't actually own a copy of Silver Side Up but would be happy to get one if necessary.

"What we were trying to do is put a little humor into a very serious matter of drinking and driving," Hartlen said. "Poor Nickleback. They take the brunt of the nation's joke, and I'm sure they're crying all the way to the bank."

Frontman Chad Kroeger confirmed that the last time we spoke to him, explaining that,

"We've just been incredibly lucky. I think when we started off I used to think, 'Oh well, this is all, it all makes sense to me that all these things are happening, all these things are lining up. this all makes sense. This is just hard work.' But it's not. And the longer I get to be in this, on this roller coaster ride, the more I realize that the stars truly do have to align in order for this to happen the way it's happened to us."

Nickelback, which had to cut its 2015 tour short for Kroeger to undergo throat surgery, is currently working on a new album, the follow-up to 2015's No Fixed Address.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.