Chad Kroeger (vocals, guitars)
Mike Kroeger (bass)
Ryan "Nik" Vikedal (drums) 1996-2005
Ryan Peake (guitar)
Daniel Adair (drums) 2005-
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Ever wondered where they can up with the name Nickelback? Mike Kroeger was working at Starbucks. The coffee products would cost $1.95 CAD, so he said to the customer when giving change: "Here's your nickel back." (thanks, Jeanette - Dublin, Ireland)
Chad, Mike, and Ryan all met and started playing together in Hannah, AB. Daniel is from Vancouver, BC.
They recorded a couple of independent records between 1996 and 1998. They spent those years touring the country and building a strong fan base.
Chad produced an album by Default, also Canadian (Vancouver), called Fallout (2001).
Chad Kroeger: "I was thrown into a juvenile detention center when I was 14 for breaking into my junior high school 11 times ... this really pissed me off!"
Mike Kroeger faves: golf, coffee, The Big Lebowski. They are all pretty big hockey fans, especially Mike, and performed/presented at the 2002 NHL Awards in Toronto. They gave Best Goalie to Patrick Roy.
There are a wide variety of influences at work in this band. Vikedal is into jazz, whereas Mike loves "heavy stuff."
They toured with several bands, including Creed, Sevendust, 3 Doors Down, and Fuel.
They went through three drummers before settling on Vikedal. The first was a cousin of the Kroegers, who was in it for the family not the "rock and roll dream," according to Chad.
Nickelback really benefited from Canadian Content. It's a policy in Canada that ensures 35% of everything on the radio is Canadian. The band is grateful, because it helped make room for them.
Chad loves video games, and Role Playing Games. His favorite is Fable for the Xbox, as he stated in an interview with Electric Playground.
Chad Kroeger was born Chad Robert Turton on November 15, 1974, in Hanna, Alberta, Canada Kroeger is the surname of Chad's half-brother, Mike, and was used by Chad from childhood. Chad's stepfather is Mike's father. (thanks, liz - toronto, Canada, for above 2)
In 2008, they signed what's known as a 360 deal with Live Nation, leaving Roadrunner Records, which is owned by Warner Brothers. Their contract covers recording, touring, and merchandising, and is estimated to be worth about $60 million. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Chad Kroeger began dating fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne
after they got together to co-write a song. The Nickelback frontman admitted to Los Angeles DJ Ryan Seacrest it was clear he and Lavigne had feelings for each other when they started working together in the studio. "I think it evolved into this wonderful thing," he said. "When you're sitting there, singing across from somebody into the microphone and singing love songs and you start developing these feelings for that person, and it just blossomed into this thing."
Neal Smith - "I'm Eighteen"
With the band in danger of being dropped from their label, Alice Cooper drummer Neal Smith co-wrote the song that started their trek from horror show curiosity to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound
, plus a collection of other classics for the likes of Aftershock, Ali and Goodfellaz.
Dave Alvin - "4th Of July"
When Dave recorded the first version of the song with his group the Blasters, producer Nick Lowe gave him some life-changing advice.
The country sweetheart opines about the demands of touring and talks about writing songs with her famous father.