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Chad Kroeger

Hailing from the small farming community of Hanna, Alberta, Canada, Chad Kroeger made a name for himself at the turn of the millennium as the lead singer and guitarist of the love-em-or-hate-em post-grunge rock outfit Nickelback. Born on November 15, 1974, Kroeger taught himself how to play the guitar at age 13, but got sidetracked a bit the following year when he was briefly sent to a juvenile detention facility for repeatedly breaking into his junior high school to steal money (an incident mentioned in the band's 2005 hit "Photograph"). Upon his eventual release, he finished high school and began touring around in the early '90s as the lead guitarist for a cover band in which he was performing with two of his future Nickelback bandmates: older half-brother Mike Kroeger and friend Ryan Peake. The band ultimately broke up, which is when Kroeger convinced some friends to hit a studio with him to record several songs he'd been writing on the side. Thus laying down the roots of Nickelback, these songs resulted in a seven-song demo and, later, a self-released full-length that received substantial airplay on various Canadian radio stations. Nickelback, which had relocated from Hanna to Vancouver, slowly became stars in their homeland and broke out on U.S. soil with their massive radio hit "How You Remind Me" from 2001. Kroeger was responsible for most of the band's lyrics and, starting with the band's third record, 2001's Silver Side Up, he began writing in a much more direct, less metaphorical manner, hitting personal topics like failed relationships and the pain and anger associated with an absent father. As Nickelback's popularity grew throughout North America -- alongside peers 3 Doors Down, Creed, and Puddle of Mudd -- Kroeger took some separate time to indulge in various collaborations, including laying down the 2002 hit single "Hero" with Saliva frontman Josey Scott for the Spider-Man soundtrack. He also performed on Carlos Santana's album Shaman ("Why Don't You and I") and did a cover of Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)" with Kid Rock and Dimebag Darrell for the soundtrack to Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Kroeger, who owns a studio in Vancouver, has also done production work for rock acts like Default, Theory of a Deadman, and Bo Bice, in addition to co-founding the Vancouver-based 604 Records in 2002.

From that point, Nickelback found unwavering mainstream success, hitting the Top 10 in the U.S. and Canada with 2003's The Long Road, 2005's All the Right Reasons, 2008's Dark Horse, 2011's Here and Now, and 2014's No Fixed Address. During that time, Kroeger was a featured performer on albums by artists including Timbaland, My Darkest Days, and Steel Panther, and co-wrote songs for Bice, Tommy Lee (2005's "Tryin to Be Me), Santana, Daughtry (2009's "No Surprise" and "Life After You"), Tim McGraw (2009's "It's a Business Doing Pleasure with You"), Crystal Bowersox, Bucky Covington, and Avril Lavigne. Kroeger and Lavigne began dating while collaborating on her self-titled album released in 2013, and the couple married on Canada Day of that year. Lavigne announced their separation in 2015, a year that also saw Nickelback's North American and European tours canceled due to Kroeger needing throat surgery to remove a cyst. ~ Corey Apar
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Now That's What I Call Music - Vol.11

1. Hot In Herre

2. Nothin'

3. Gangsta Lovin'

4. Feel It Boy

5. Days Go By

6. Love At First Sight

8. Underneath It All

9. Barenaked

10. Ordinary Day

11. Landslide

12. I Care 4 U

13. Stingy

14. Don't Know Why

16. Running Away

17. In My Place

18. One Last Breath

19. Somewhere Out There

20. Everyday

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Track List: Now That's What I Call Music! 11

1. Hot In Herre

2. Nothin'

4. Feel It Boy

5. Days Go By

6. Love At First Sight

7. Objection (Tango)

8. Underneath It All

9. Barenaked

11. Landslide

12. I Care 4 U

13. Stingy

14. Don't Know Why

16. Running Away

17. In My Place

18. One Last Breath

19. Somewhere Out There

20. Everyday

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Track List: Spider Man (Original Soundtrack)

3. What We're All About

4. Learn To Crawl

5. Somebody Else

7. Blind

9. Shelter

10. When It Started

11. Hate To Say I Told You So

12. Invisible Man

13. Undercover

15. I - IV - V

16. She Was My Girl

17. Main Titles

18. Farewell

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Hero by Chad Kroeger
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I'm probably the biggest fan at age 54. Love your music and energy on stage. Saw you guys at Sturgus.Amaz i n g !
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I absolutely love you Chad Kroeger. Your music has brought me so much. Helped me grieve then your music helped bring me back up again. I say Thank You!
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I love your music helped me get through this past year and I am very blessed when I listen to it
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Kroeber is a great vocalist with that gravely voice
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Dude, "this means war" gets me so pumped at the gym!
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F**k me?
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I love you Chad Kroeger
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Santana is a similar artist because he did a collaboratio n with him
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How the hell is Santana a similar artist
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troykeller88 7 8
Chad Kroeger is awesome love Hero from Spider-Man Movie
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I love hero
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the 2nd spider man made me cry. I was 7 when it came out in theaters
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scottieboy20 2 0
Chad Kroeger is AMAZING as a lead vocalist, and Nickelback is hard pressed to put out a song I don't like. Keep it coming, Nickelback.
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Nickleback is one of my favorite bands and Chad Kroeger is a awesome lead vocalist.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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Love Chad seen Nickleback in Miami (bayside) they were awesome
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Hero so cool cool . Big Dan!!!!
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For those asking, yes, chad is is best known for being lead vocalist for nickelback
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F**k me hard
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He has one of the most recognize able voices in music it took me five secs to figure it was him
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He's got the sexiest voice ever!
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Avril+Chad
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Im gonna marry chad one day lol na im already married but a girl can dream lol
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Y is Josie credited 4 this song but not lead singer of theory of a deadman,Tyle r Connolly,isn ' t !
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Nickelback is the best band ever :)
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A Hero is coming soon. Namely Jesus Christ! (John 3:16-18).
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Looovveee Chad!!!!
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i no every one of his songs
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im by far his fav fan
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one hot canadian!
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NICKELBACK AND KROGER ROCK!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! FOREVER
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LUV ME SOME NICKELBACK AND KROEGER!!!!
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is this guy on nickelback, because they sound identical?.. .
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i love this song RIP Boog
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HERO CAN SAVE US =) BY DALLAS VOWEL
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I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!
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I Love this guy and Nickelback!! ! They got me thru pretty bad relationship s . . LOVE YOU GUYS SOOOOO MUCH!!
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thank you baradon51. very effing true.
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