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Nickelback Sought by Australian Police for ‘Crimes Against Music’

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Wherever the guys in Nickelback go, jokes about their music follow.

For the latest evidence of what an easy target the multi-platinum rockers have become, we point you to the QPS Media Unit Twitter account, which acts as a social media mouthpiece for the police in Queensland, Australia. In advance of the band’s gig at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Boondall on May 20, one witty soul with the keys the the account decided to issue an alert:

This is far from the first time someone has publicly accused Nickelback of “committing musical crimes,” but it might be the most well-timed, and even if you happen to be a fan of the band, you have to admit it’s still pretty funny. (Bonus points for the artwork, too.)

The police service’s Facebook page went one further, warning followers that the band members “are believed to be impersonating musicians” and warning residents, “Avoid the area. It may be hazardous to your hearing and street cred.”

The posts have attracted widespread media attention, with the story being picked up everywhere from the traditional newswires to tech culture outlet CNET, whose report refers to Nickelback as “the grandchild of REO Speedwagon.” The band’s own Twitter account has yet to make mention of this latest affront, but they’re surely used to this kind of thing by now. In the meantime, the band remains on the road for the foreseeable future, with a long list of summer U.S. dates on the horizon following the Australian and Japanese dates on their current tour.

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