Chad Kroeger is not one to mince words. He speaks his mind and sticks to what he believes is right. This is a trait that he has transferred into his band, Nickelback as well. Their music is different and at times it divides opinions. But, they really don’t care too much about that. They do what they have been doing for more than the last two decades now.
Nickelback know their fan base and what their fans like to listen to. They make music for them and that is one of the biggest reasons why Nickelback tickets are always in such high demand. In a recent interview Mike Kroeger, the band’s bassist had this to say
“We’re an everyman rock band who knows what our fans want to hear, and that’s who we play for.”
Of course there is a group out there who tends to disagree with that but then this is Nickelback and they haven’ really been bothered about anything anyone has to say about them and their music.
The Early Days
Chad Kroeger was born in Hanna, Alberta. He picked up the guitar and began to learn how to play the instrument when he was only thirteen years old. Then in the early half of the 1990s he formed a band “The Village Idiots.” It was a grunge band and Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake and Brandon Kroeger were its other members.
In the year 1995, the band’s name was changed to Nickelback. When Mike Kroeger worked at Starbucks, he used to give a nickel in change back to the customers by saying “Here’s your nickel back.” This is the inspiration behind the band’s name.
Nickelback started off playing cover songs of tracks by Metallica and Led Zeppelin. They then recorded their debut EP, “Hesher” in 1996. They came out with their first studio album “Curb” in the same year. Brandon quit the band a year later and was replaced by Mitch Guindon. His stay did not last too long and he was replaced by Ryan Vikedal in the year 1998.
The Big Break
In an interview with HitQuarters, Ron Burman of Roadrunner Records said that a scout of his sent him a copy of “Curb.” Burman was so impressed that he travelled all the way to Vancouver to watch the upstarts play live. This is what he had to say about the performance
”I immediately got the chills! I thought their song 'Leader of Men' was a smash hit."
His efforts finally paved the way for Nickelback to be signed by the label.
Nickelback then released “The State,” their second album. The record was a success. It went to the number three spot on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and has since been certified platinum in the US and across the border in Canada. That was the kind of break they had been looking for and Nickelback have not looked back from that point onwards.
Reaching the Top
Then came “Silver Side Up,” their third album. The record was a massive success story. It went to the number one spot in multiple countries around the globe. Not only that, but it went six times platinum in the US and eight times platinum in their native Canada. Then two years later, they released “The Long Road” and it took their popularity to new heights. The album was certified triple platinum in the US and went on to sell in excess of a whopping five million copies around the globe.
“The Long Road” also marked the end of Ryan Vikedal’s journey with Nickelback and he was replaced by Daniel Adair. In 2005, they came out with their next album “All the Right Reasons” and went to the top spot on the Billboard 200. It also went to the number one spot on the Canadian Albums Chart and sold more than eighteen million copies globally. It has now gone Diamond in the US and seven times platinum across the border in Canada.
Nickelback spent a big chunk of 2006 and 2007 on tours and an estimated two million fans turned up to watch them perform live during that time. Then in 2007, they were inducted into the famous Canada’s Walk of Fame. They followed that up by releasing their sixth album “Dark Horse” at the end of 2008. It went three times platinum in Australia, six times platinum in Canada, platinum in Germany and three times platinum in the United States. In the process, it also became Nickelback’s fourth successive album to go multi-platinum.
They released “Here and Now” on September 8, 2011, and it went double platinum in Australia and Canada while platinum in the US. The year 2014 saw them come out with “No Fixed Address” which was their first record to come out under the banner of Republic Records. It went platinum in Canada and Australia.
Nickelback Tickets 2017
Nickelback’s most recent album, “Feed the Machine” hit the music stores on June 16, 2017. It debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200. It also received three stars from AllMusic. They have also hit the road for their “Feed the Machine Tour” which kicked off on June 23 in Noblesville. The road trip is scheduled to end October 1, 2017 in Vancouver.
Nickelback is one of the most successful foreign musical acts of the 2000s in the US. They have sold well over fifty million albums around the globe and have also won six Billboard Music Awards. This is a band that has risen to the top of the ladder through the sheer power of its music.
Now that they are on tour, don’t miss out on the chance to book Nickelback tickets to see them live.