Is Nickelback Killing Rock N’ Roll?

The Black Keys think so.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

If Nickelback hadn't already had its fair share of criticism and scrutiny, the band the Black Keys have said in a recent interview that it's because of bands like them that rock n' roll is dying.

"Rock 'n' roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world," Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney said in the new edition of Rolling Stone magazine, as reported by The Canadian Press. "Rock 'n' roll is the music I feel most passionate about," he says in an expletitive-peppered crie de coeur where he rants he doesn't like to see it "ruined and spoon-fed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap."

But that's okay – Nickelback, as always, took it all in stride and responded with the following tweet (as reported by Billboard): "Thanks to the drummer in the Black Keys calling us the Biggest Band in the World in Rolling Stone. Hehe."

Nickelback has been dealing with negative backlashes since they hit radars back in 1996 with their debut album "Curb." Since then the Alberta band has released six more albums including the most recent, "Here and Now," which came out this past September, and have won AMAs, Billboard Music Awards, and been nominated for six Grammys. They were recently the target of an online petition that was trying to ban them from performing at the halftime show of the Thanksgiving bout in Detroit, and they've been dubbed one of the worst rock bands out there today.

However they keep on making music and letting the naysayers roll off their backs… and it keeps paying off in spades.