Few bands did more than Nickelback to establish the force of slick, commercially minded post-grunge in the 2000s. Led by singer Chad Kroeger, the group initially surfaced in the late ’90s as Canada’s answer to Creed, prizing a blend of gruff vocals and distorted (yet radio-friendly) guitars. After a small number of singles failed to gain much traction in Canada, “How You Remind Me” caught hold in 2001, eventually topping the charts in several countries during gathering four Grammy nominations and four Juno Awards. Creed imploded several years later, but Nickelback’s popularity only grew as the decade progressed, effectively eclipsing those acts that had once informed the band’s sound.

Chad Kroeger honed his frontman skills by performing with cover bands in Hanna, a small Canadian town 215 kilometers northeast of Calgary. After growing tired of performing other people’s songs, he borrowed money from his stepfather and relocated to Vancouver, where he recorded his first batch of original material. Mike Kroeger, Chad’s bass-playing sibling, decided to become a part of his brother’s band, as did fellow Vancouver transplants Ryan Peake (a guitar player who had befriended the Kroegers in middle school) and Ryan Vikedal (a drummer from Peake’s hometown of Brooks, Alberta). Nickelback officially took shape in 1996 and quickly set to work, releasing two units — the Hesher EP and full-length album, Curb — before the year was up. By 1998, the bandmates were managing themselves; Chad courted radio stations, brother Mike Kroeger handled distribution, Ryan Vikedal booked shows, and Peake maintained the band’s website.

January 2000 saw the arrival of The State, Nickelback’s second independent release. issued at a time in which Canadian content requirements were opened up (and, accordingly, local radio stations had begun to desperately seek out homegrown product), the album fared very well on indie charts. Nickelback toured ceaselessly in support of The State, logging approximately 200 performances during playing alongside other groups of the burgeoning post-grunge genre. Nickelback’s commercial appeal wasn’t lost on the album industry, either, and The State’s distribution rights were rapidly snapped up by Roadrunner Records in the U.S. and EMI in Canada. As the ensemble continued to tour, Chad Kroeger kept writing new songs, many of which were honed in front of live audiences. Much of that songs found its way onto Silver Side Up, which was produced by Rick Parashar (who followed to prominence in the early ’90s by helming Pearl Jam’s Ten, Alice in Chains’ Sap, and Blind Melon’s self-titled debut) and recorded at Green House, the same Vancouver studio used at a time of The State’s creation. The combination of Nickelback’s growing popularity and Kroeger’s focused songwriting propelled Silver Side Up onto record charts across the world, spearheaded by the hit single “How You Remind Me.” Kroeger capitalized on that exposure by producing another Vancouver-based band, Default, and collaborating with Saliva’s Josey Scott for the Spiderman soundtrack. The Long Road then arrived in 2003, featuring an increasingly polished style of music and another high-charting single, “Someday.” while some listeners criticized the apparent similarities between “Someday” and “How You Remind Me,” The Long Road had little trouble maintaining Nickelback’s wide audience, eventually selling over five million copies worldwide.

In February 2005, Nickelback announced the departure of Ryan Vikedal. He was soon took the place by 3 Doors Down’s former drummer, Daniel Adair, and Nickelback came back to Kroeger’s studio in Vancouver to begin work on another record. ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell (who unfortunately died before the album’s release) were guests on the chart-topping All the Right Reasons, which arrived in October 2005. The album proved to be Nickelback’s most popular effort to date, remaining in the Billboard Top 30 for over two years and selling over 7 million units in the U.S. alone. It also spawned five Top 20 singles, a feat that attracted the attention of veteran producer (and demonstrated hit-maker) Mutt Lange. Nickelback traveled to Lange’s home in Switzerland to share songwriting ideas; impressed with the results, they also enlisted him to helm their next album. Recorded in a converted Vancouver barn, Dark Horse marked the band’s sixth studio album upon its release in November 2008.


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34 Comments »

  1. Comment by britania

    come to Ireland plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  2. Comment by charmaine

    does anyone know how to find out when nickelback are touring again? I seen them in sydney at acer arena for my birthday was worth every cent. I m a little upset because I paid $350 a ticket was meant to get a t shirt and other souvenirs and never received them in the post prior to the night, I was a little annoyed the chick next to me got to go to the after show to meet and greet with chad kroger :(. I would do anything to see and meet him and nickelback band. I will pay full price next time and hopefully I get the t shirts etc this time.

  3. Comment by Pena

    Finland is ready for you

  4. Comment by debbie ninemires

    texas needs ya
    so much love here
    were waiting on ya
    as long as it takes

  5. Comment by Greg

    Hope you guys come to Atlanta soon, I've been dying to see you live

  6. Comment by Elizabeth

    When are you coming back to Corpus Christi, Tx

  7. Comment by truewords=nickelback

    we want nickelback 2 come 2 sweden real baaaad!!!! what do i have 2 do 2 make em come here????

  8. Comment by Ness

    When are Nickelback coming to Australia??? I love Nickelback.

  9. Comment by estefanua

    come to MEXICO please…………………………..

  10. Comment by Estefania gomez

    come to Mexico please

  11. Comment by rocio lil

    please come to mexico…to monterrey…well i dont live there but i could go…please guys come to mexico!!

  12. Comment by Tekspaype

    Если не смеяться над двадцатым веком, то надо застрелиться. Но долго смеяться над ним нельзя. Скорее взвоешь от горя.

  13. Comment by Jude Gravitz

    Very nice !

  14. Comment by Kevin

    Please come to holland

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  17. Comment by YUROGI

    WHEN WILL THEY BE IN OSAKA JAPAN

  18. Comment by yurogi

    When do they come to Osaka Japan

  19. Comment by Tami S

    Nickelback you need to get your cute fannie up to Anchorage, Alaska! You will not regret playing a gig here – most beautiful place in the world! Sullivan arena needs you to rock this place to the ground! Dudes….you will have the time of your lives! Your music touches the heart and lives….thanks! Tami

  20. Comment by Dora

    come to croatia…:/ pleaseee….

  21. Comment by Helen

    Aussie Aussie Aussie…..oi.oi.oi!!! Please come back to Australia. I was giving birth the last time you came and couldn't see you….but I'm not pregnant now!!!

  22. Comment by simon berg

    You have to come to norway!!!! Or anywhere in scandinavia. Biggest fan ever, love every single song.

  23. Comment by come to the home of the vikings!!!

    Come to the home of the vikings!!!

  24. Comment by sandra pemberton

    hey u guys why arent u playing in california im still waiting and im not getting any younger and ur to cute!!!!!!!!!! love all u do sandy :)

  25. Comment by jessie

    were waiting in holland! your dutch fans are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! come to us over here!!!

  26. Comment by Pepa

    You have a lot of fans in Bulgaria :) Maybe you should plan to come and visit the small country of rock, bear and beaches :) Europe is waiting :) Love you guys and have fun :)

  27. Comment by Angel

    Please come to Philly or A.C New jersey please love you guys

  28. Comment by Elena

    Pleaseeeee! a date in Europe, or in Italy even better!
    We all want you

  29. Comment by dee jay

    when are you guys coming to tassie ??

  30. Comment by Sparklyghost

    DUDES what happened? how come ya didnt come to the new onleans area :( I was like sad when ya didnt come but i'm still your fan and dudes KEEP ON ROCKIN!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

  31. Comment by sparklyghost

    OH yeah i forgot ya sould go to Louisiana, New Oleans PLEASE!!!!

  32. Comment by Jackie

    Would give anything to see Nickleback play in Sydney, Australia. Recently taped Max tv and watched over and over the band play live at Sturgis – the best performance, you rock!!

  33. Comment by aarongoucher

    you guys got to come to towanda kansas

  34. Comment by someone

    Come to Slovenia!!! <3

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