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History of Nickelback
History of Nickelback
Nickelback is a post-grunge rock band formed in Hanna, Alberta, Canada in 1995. The name derived from the nickel in change Mike Kroeger's brother frequently had to give customers back in his job at a Starbucks coffee shop in which he would say, "Here's your nickel back".
The band has sold over 13 million albums in the United States and over 1.5 million albums in Canada, their worldwide albums sales counted near to 20 million.
Nickelback's latest release, All the Right Reasons has already sold more than 3.5 million albums in US and over 5 million albums worldwide while not even a year has passed since its release.
Nickelback was helped early on by Cancon, the Canadian law requiring a certain percentage of music played on Canadian radio to be from Canadian musical artists. Their second full length album, The State, propelled them to the mainstream with two Top 10 hits (one being "Leader of Men") and the follow up album Silver Side Up, with 2002's most-played single "How You Remind Me", gave them superstar status, scoring multi-format smashes on every album since.
The band was playing their second song at the Ilha do Ermal festival in Portugal on August 19, 2002, when singer Chad Kroeger was suddenly sprayed with a full bottle of water, hurled from somewhere within the audience. Kroeger immediately tore off his guitar and confronted the crowd, and as he turned around, he was pelted in the back of the head with what looked like a large rock. "See ya," he replied with a wave. With that, the entire band followed him off the stage. Both Kroeger and drummer Ryan Vikedal gave the audience the finger as they strode off. Kroeger was unharmed by the rock.
Silver Side Up was released on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. On that morning, they were on their tour bus traveling across Pennsylvania less than 10 miles from where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed.
They have received 6 Juno Awards and were nominated for 5 more in 2006. Their single "Photograph" was nominated for best single. Nickelback with their latest album, topped the nominees with 3 the nominations including Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group, Favorite Pop/Rock Album (All the Right Reasons) and Favorite Alternative Artist, for the 34th American Music Awards which are going to be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2006.
Nickelback's style can be described as hard rock with a melodic undertone, modern arena rock sound (many claim there are also a small amount of heavy metal and country influences). The frontman Chad Kroeger is the dominant element; his vocals sustain the songs through verse and hook.
As with many bands, Nickelback's lyrics deal mostly with either acquiring romance, the loss of romance, or the transition between love and hate in relationships. Earlier albums included songs discussing problems such as parental desertion and domestic abuse. They seldom if ever speak metaphorically.
Their fifth album, All the Right Reasons (2005), sees a change in their subject matter. Kroeger deals with nostalgia, friendships and the passage of time in one of the 2005 singles, "Photograph". "Rockstar" has the band reflecting on the consequences of their new status as recognized musicians and is a typical grunge style attack on commercialisation and manufactured artists. The album, however, has received negative reviews. All Music Guide called Nickelback "unspeakably awful" in the album's critical review. 
Nickelback was the main support act for Bon Jovi on the European & American legs of the latter's "Have a Nice Day Tour" in 2006.
Chad Kroeger - Lead Vocals and Guitars
Ryan Peake - Guitar and Backing Vocals
Mike Kroeger - Bass Guitar
Daniel Adair - Drums and Backing Vocals
Brandon Kroeger - Drums (Album: Curb)
Ryan Vikedal - Drums (Albums: The State, Silver Side Up & The Long Road)
Hesher Demo (1996)
Curb (1996) re-released (June 25, 2002)
The State (March 7, 2000)
Silver Side Up (September 11, 2001)
The Long Road (September 23, 2003)
All the Right Reasons (October 4, 2005)
Nickelback - Live At Home (October 29, 2002)
Nickelback - The Videos (September 23, 2003)
Nickelback - Photo Album (October 4, 2005)
Nickelback - Pictures (September 12, 2006)
Original songs appear on
The Scorpion King (March 26, 2002) Yanking Out My Heart *
Spider-Man (May 3, 2002) Hero, feat. Josey Scott of Saliva (A very short sound clip is contained in the movie. The song received heavy video airplay and is featured on the DVD)
Live At Home (DVD above) (October 29, 2002) It Isn’t Like That (Alice in Chains cover, feat. Jerry Cantrell)
Live At Home (DVD above) (October 29, 2002) Mistake
Daredevil (February 4, 2003) Learn the Hard Way *
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (June 24, 2003) Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) (Elton John cover, feat. Kid Rock) *
The Punisher (March 23, 2004) Slow Motion
"Someday" appears in the movie - Torque
* Also available as bonus tracks on The Long Road import versions
Year Title Chart Positions Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. Mainstream Rock U.S. Modern Rock UK Singles Chart AUS Singles Chart Canadian Singles Chart New Zealand Singles Chart Dutch Top 40
1996 "Fly" - - - - - - - - Curb
2000 "Leader of Men" - #8 #21 - - - - - The State
2000 "Breathe" - #10 #21 - - - - - The State
2000 "Old Enough" - #24 - - - - - - The State
2000 "Worthy to Say" - - - - - - - - The State
2001 "How You Remind Me" #1 (4 wk) #1 (13 wk) #1 (13 wk) #4 #2 #1 #4 #7 Silver Side Up
2002 "Too Bad" #42 #1 (3 wk) #6 #9 - #1 - #16 Silver Side Up
2002 "Never Again" - #1 (3 wk) #24 #30 - #1 - - Silver Side Up
2003 "Someday" #7 #2 #4 #6 #8 #1 #9 #11 The Long Road
2004 "Figured You Out" #65 #1 (13 wk) #4 - #10 #1 - - The Long Road
2004 "Feelin' Way Too Damn Good" #48 #3 #23 #39 #40 #2 - - The Long Road
2004 "Because of You" - #7 - - - #3 - - The Long Road
2005 "Photograph" #2 #1 (7 wk) #3 #29 #3 #1 #4 #4 All the Right Reasons
2006 "Animals" #97 #1 (6 wk) #16 - #27 - - - All the Right Reasons
2006 "Far Away" #8 - - #40 #2 #2 #2 #18 All the Right Reasons
2006 "Savin' Me" #19 #11 #29 - #18 #1 #9 #25 All the Right Reasons
2006 "Rockstar" - #7 #37 - - - - - All the Right Reasons