...and the others who get bad press
Jon Bon Jovi regards himself as a blue collar truth-teller n the vein of Bob Dylan and, especially, fellow New Jersey-ite Bruce Springsteen. Critics would beg to differ – not that Bon Jovi seems terribly upset. "We specialise in a kind of anthemic optimism," he told the Irish Independent in 2011. "It can be perceived by people who don't think about it in the way I do as 'light' if you will – a simple rock and roll song, end of story."
Judging by their reviews, Canadian arena chuggers Nickelback should be under house arrest for crimes against rock and roll. "If you're looking for originality, you might want a full refund," was Rolling Stone's assessment of their biggest LP, Silver Side Up.
Snow Patrol specialise in heart-on-sleeve weepiness. Which may be why the press dislikes them so much. Music manager Ben Wardle wrote in a UK paper: "Are critics simply envious because they look at Gary Lightbody and see a middle-class guy just like them who happens to be earning millions and going out with supermodels?"
Paul McCartney's post Beatles project released some killers tunes, but critics never came around, mostly because Wings committed the unforgivable offense of not being The Beatles.