Florida Georgia Line and Nickelback try and prove they are not the same band

Florida Georgia Line & Nickelback Announce Concert To Prove They Aren’t The Same Band

Portage la Prairie, MB – The Glesby Centre in Portage la Prairie will host the myth busting concert of the century as country superstars, Florida Georgia Line and rock sensations, Nickelback set the record straight.

Despite being mega-stars in different genres, the bands have been dogged by rumours and speculation they were actually the same group.  With similar hair and attitude Florida Georgia Line and Nickelback struck formulated success on the charts but were never seen together.

While most fans don’t care if they are one and the same, music journalists have been mining the conspiracy theory of both bands being the Milli Vanilli of country and rock.  Local concert promoter Billy Neepawa approached both bands with the idea of holding a concert to dispel the rumours.

“I think both bands share a lot of the same fans and they would like to see them on the same stage,” said Neepawa.  “It’ll be proof once and for all that they aren’t the same band.  It’ll also prove that country music is really just bad rock.”

Florida Georgia Line and Nickelback have both won numerous awards for their music and are widely considered pioneers in their respective genres.

“I couldn’t think of two modern acts that sum up the musical sensibilities of Portage better than these two.  A little bit country and a little bit rock and roll,” offered Neepawa.

Some Portagers remain steadfast in their belief that FGL and NB are the same band.  “I don’t give a crap if you put them both in front of me right now.  I still say they are the same damn band,” said Bob Morden of Portage.  “Don’t know what that Billy Neepawa is trying to prove but I won’t be going.”

For all fans wanting to go tickets will go on sale Friday at 10am at all Music Master and Busy Fingers locations.

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Nickelback's Chad Kroeger becomes worship pastor

Portage Church To Hire Chad Kroeger as Worship Pastor To Help Resurrect His Career

Portage la Prairie, MB – 

For years, closet Nickelback fan and Pastor, Kevin Bunski, drew inspiration from the music of Canada’s most iconic rock band so when he had the chance to hire front man Chad Kroeger as the Worship Pastor for the Portage Assembly of Christians Church he went for it.  Click here to read about Bunski using Nickelback songs for sermons.

“We had posted for the vacant position when our last worship leader had to leave for reasons we won’t speak about,” Bunski explained.  “When I saw Chad’s application I squealed a ‘Praise Jesus’ and made the call right away.

To outsiders it might seem odd that a rock and roll superstar would be a good fit for a music pastors but Bunski makes some compelling arguments for the move.

“As I’ve said before, Christians love Nickelback,” Bunski explained.  “Most Christians keep this a secret but at P.A.C. we have come out publicly on this issue. “

“Chad has long identified with his mother’s Mennonite heritage, opting to use her maiden name for his stage handle,” Bunski said.  “We have questioned Chad extensively and are convinced he is a Mennonite at heart and therefore automatically qualified for Christian service.”

Kroeger is scheduled to start next month and is promising to add a lot of energy and edge to the traditional praise and worship choruses offered up at the Portage Assembly of Christians.

“He will be great for evangelism and attracting young Christians under 55 from other area churches who are looking for a more modern expression of their faith,” Bunski said.  “We had to pay a lot to get him to come here but we should be able to generate a lot more income with more people attending.”

Bunski also notes that older adherents will find Kroeger more acceptable since he opted for a shorter hair-style and has sacrificed his goatee.

“While a more full beard is preferable and more Mennonite, I wouldn’t be upset if he went back to the goatee.  Christians would see that as being a little more hipster and that is all the rage in church circles.

Nickelback will be on hiatus while Kroeger takes on his new role but Bunski is willing to offer flexibility to his superstar pastor to tour in the future.

“In the church we have this thing called sabbatical,” Bunski said.  “Sometimes we like to spiritualize it but it’s usually just an extended paid vacation.  If Chad needs to tour for a while I’m sure we can get a sabbatical approved for him.”

The Portage Assembly of Christians Church is planning a special fund-raising supper to raise money for a new and more robust sound system.

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Nickelback Pastor inspires with rock and roll

Pastor Confesses To Using Nickelback Songs For Sermons

Portage la Prairie, MB –

A local pastor confessed he uses a Canadian hit rock group some have dubbed “the worst band in the world” for inspiration for some of his most popular sermons.

Reverend Kevin Bunski told CIPP-TV’s Rick and Anita Siemens, on the award-winning daytime spiritual talk-show Dawn of The Day, how he’s been a closet Nickelback fan since the 90’s and draws sermon ideas from the secular bands music.

“It started when I kind of borrowed from the song Leader of Men for my ‘Christ is living water’ sermon,” Bunski admitted on Dawn of the Day earlier this week.  “The words really spoke spiritual truth to me.  I figured none of my congregation would know it was from Nickelback – and I was right.”

Once Bunski started delving into the poetic hard rock lyrics of Nickelback, he noticed those sermons seemed to resonate the best with his church.

“Every time I used Nickelback lyrics in the sermon or the title of the sermon I noticed more people attending and bringing their friends,” Bunski said.  “I believe it was a sign from God.   So I kept doing it.”

Nickelback’s break out album Silver Side Up provided a bonanza in sermon inspiration.  Bunski was able to spin “How You Remind Me” into a series on finding your identity in Christ.  The top 10 hit “Too Bad” became the base for a sermon about the prodigal son.

“Back then I never figured anyone would catch on.  Christians don’t listen to that kind of music and even if they did they couldn’t admit it openly.”

As the band kept pumping out hit after hit, Bunski rode the wave of each album by adding to his flock.  In 2003, Bunski had two hit sermon series based on the songs “Someday” and “Believe it or Not” from the album “The Long Road”.

By the mid 2000’s even hard-core Nickelback, fans were starting to shy away from publicly endorsing the band.  It became trendy to tell people how terrible you thought the band was but privately people were buying albums and concert tickets in record numbers.

Bunski saw this as an opportunity to leverage his position and double down with sermons based on the songs “Savin’ Me”, “If Anyone Cared”, “If Today Was Your Last Day” and “What Are You Waiting For”.  He even went as far as to use the titles verbatim and quoted the exact lyrics without attribution.

“I thought in the climate of public hatred and private infatuation for Nickelback even if someone in the church caught on they would never say anything,” Bunski said.

The rogue rock and roll pastor explained to Rick and Anita Siemens how he came to believe the group were secretly Christians evidenced by having at least one or two divinely inspired songs on each album.

“What are you waiting for” and “Make me Believe Again” are practically sermons set to music,” Bunski offered.  “I think Nickelback are a bit like their fans in how they shy away from admitting their true love.  They might just be the most Christian band anywhere.  I really love these guys and God loves them too.”

Bunski admits his secret source of inspiration could have remained under wraps if a new member of his flock lacking social skills had not outed him.

“Lyle Preston just joined our church and was baptised last year,” Bunski said.  “I should’ve know he might be a problem when he got baptised in a Saskatchewan Roughrider jersey.  Rider fans generally like Nickelback and lack the social skills to hide it.”

Coming clean about Nickelback has freed many in Bunski’s church to enjoy one of the best-selling bands of all time openly.

“In the end we found that most Christians secretly listened to Nickelback,” Bunski shared.  “It is nice that we can enjoy their music as a congregation.”

Many Christians are fed a diet of Christian branded worship music produced out of Nashville, which explains why their tolerance for formulated clichés is so well developed.

To see more, tune in all week to Rick and Anita Siemens on Dawn of The Day as they discuss Pastor Bunski’s Nickelback inspired sermons.

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