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Nickelback

Few bands did more than Nickelback to establish the force of slick, commercially minded post-grunge in the 2000s. Led by vocalist Chad Kroeger, the band initially emerged in the late '90s as Canada's answer to Creed, prizing a blend of gruff vocals and distorted (yet radio-friendly) guitars. After a handful of singles failed to gain much traction in Canada, "How You Remind Me" caught hold in 2001, eventually topping the charts in several countries while 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 playing 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 join his brother's band, as did fellow Vancouver transplants Ryan Peake (a guitarist who had befriended the Kroeger 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 albums -- 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 handled distribution, 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 increased (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 shows while playing alongside other groups of the burgeoning post-grunge genre. Nickelback's commercial appeal wasn't lost on the record industry, either, and The State's distribution rights were quickly snapped up by Roadrunner Records in the U.S. and EMI in Canada. As the band continued to tour, Kroeger kept writing new songs, many of which were honed in front of live audiences. Much of that material found its way onto Silver Side Up, which was produced by Rick Parashar (who came 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 during The State's creation. The combination of Nickelback's growing popularity and Kroeger's focused songwriting propelled Silver Side Up onto album 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 sound 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 Vikedal. He was soon replaced by 3 Doors Down's former drummer, Daniel Adair, and Nickelback returned to Kroeger's studio in Vancouver to begin work on another album. 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 seven million copies 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. Nickelback's seventh studio album arrived nearly three years after the multi-platinum-selling Dark Horse. The 11-track Here and Now, which was preceded by the singles "Bottoms Up" and "When We Stand Together," hit the streets on November 21, 2011.

The following year Kroeger began working on fellow Canadian rockstar Avril Lavigne's eponymous fifth album. Shortly after their working partnership began, they began dating and eventually married in early 2013. The band put together their first compilation, The Best of Nickelback, Vol.1, which appeared in November of '13; the 19-track collection contained no new songs. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Comments

"How You Remind Me" is when I first started lovin them!!!
Screw you to the dude that said he hates nickleback
Love these guys!! Nd people hate on this band nd yet, they took their time to comment on them.
Read my bio. Enough said. Thank you! :)
Omg I love them. Can't wait for new record coming out and see them n concert!!
ethanmain
I love all of their songs
I wanna see them n concert
jeremytrapol d
WTF this band plays on my metal stations, and I hate it. They are radio pop.
I love it I grew up on it
Never got why people hate on nickelback
I hope you a nice time being with her josephaferra n d o
my mother's faveorite song and by the way, im so sorry Joseph Ferrando
This song really gets to me. :,(
It was my friends favorite song. She died last year. This song brings back so many memories with her. I can't stop thinking about it now. :,( my eyes are watering just thinking about it. I really need to stop thinking about this so I can sleep. I dont think I'm going to. :,( thanks Pandora...
My brother used to literally listen to the album Dark Horse every day. No joke. I was pretty young, but I liked If Everyone Cared a lot and still do(: Chad Kroeger's voice is awesome!!!
Next contestant.. . . . That was me in my 20's. Lmfao. Funny!!! Killer song. Now I own strip clubs
One of the best song remain same someone's wherever is the Cesar is the Cesar like ....... pope........
This band is so amazing xD my favorite song by them is photograph.. . Yes I know it's sad, but it's still a good song
Best song, I love it.
www.kimberly k r i d d l e . m y i t w o r k s . c o m
Love This Band
Like this group
Nice songs you suck bad
Best. Band. Ever. #nickelback4 l i f e
Follow for a follow
You left without saying goodbye.
You guys are so cool
jaclyntrim0
Say iphone five times
Pick a color
Comment on five songs
Look under your pillow
Love them!!
Awesome band.
LOVE THEM!!! :)
One of the bests bands ever!!!!!
nicko252008
THey aint no BTO
got to love them
lololololwkf m n j f n gf RABDOMDLD ND -.-
I love Nickel back !!!!!!!!!! They rock
We must stand together!
#nickleback4 l i f e
I still don't get why everyone hates nickel back
dsd907
Amen I Will NEVER be alone!!!
Wow I just read this bio. I'm so happy the frontman married Avril Levine! I love them both! Wonderful music!
brandon.zmud k a 8 0 8
Love your sungs
brandon.zmud k a 8 0 8
You seng good
you are the best!!!!
you are the best!!!!
dragonjared1 1
seriously. They're really good musicians, and some of their stuff has a pretty good message.
I never understood why people hated on Nickelback. I've always liked them
how you remind me
edmoeduardo
Sadness
Amen
Best songs always^_^
Their has to be someone out their for me
Nickelback is badass :D
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