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Nickelback band photo 2008
from left: Ryan Peake, Daniel Adair, Chad Kroeger and Mike Kroeger

Nickelback Biography

This Alternative-Rock band was formed in 1996 in Vancouver, British Columbia CANADA, by singer + guitarist Chad Kroeger, his brother Mike Kroeger on bass, guitarist Ryan Peake and Kroegers' cousin Brandon on drums.

That same year they recorded an independent EP which was followed by the release of their debut full-lenght album titled "Curb", it received some airplay on Canadian radio stations.

After almost four years, Nickelback, re-emerged with a new drummer, Ryan Vikedal, with major deals: EMI Canada and Roadrunner Records in the U.S. who released their second album, "The State". The first two singles, "Breathe" and "Leader Of Men", crashed into the top 10 of the Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, propelling the CD to #130 on the U.S Top 200; one more single cut, "Old Enough", made it into the top 30 of The Mainstream Rock chart.

In September of 2001, Nickelback, issued its third album, "Silver Side Up"; the first single, the masterpiece "How You Remind Me" quickly reached the #1 spots on Canadian National chart, on Billboard's Mainstream and Modern Rock lists, a few weeks later climbed to the top of The Billboard Hot 100 and similar success followed in Europe. Two more singles, "Too Bad" and "Never Again", hit #1 on The Mainstream Rock chart. "Silver Side Up" soared to #2 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and to the top spots in both the U.K. and their native Canada; eventually the album went on to sell more than 9 million units worldwide.

In 2002 frontman Chad Kroeger collaborated with Saliva singer Josey Scott for the "Spiderman" soundtrack, they released the wonderful international chart-topper single "Hero".

The Nickelback's fourth album arrived in September of 2003, "The Long Road" became an instant #1 on Top Canadian Albums chart and peaked at #6 in the United States. Its main single, "Someday", peaked at #1 in Canada, at #7 on The Billboard Hot 100 and broke the top 5 on both Modern and Mainstream Rock charts; it was follewed by the Active Rock top 3 hit "Feelin' Way Too Damn Good" and by "Figured You Out" which hit #1 on The Mainstream Rock list and #4 The Modern Rock Tracks. The fourth single off the CD, "Because Of You", made it to #7 on Active Rock chart.

Nickelback returned to record stores in October 2005 with "All The Right Reasons", this was tha band's first outing to feature ex-3 Doors Down drummer Daniel Adair. The disc debuted at #1 in Canada and U.S. where it was certified platinum eight times over. The first single, "Photograph", not only hit #1 in Canada and on the Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks but also peaked at #2 on The Billboard Hot 100 and at #3 on The Hot Modern Rock charts. Several more singles were released from the album, including the Active Rock radio #1 hit "Animals", "Savin' Me" which stopped just short of the top 10 on the same chart, the Hot 100 Sales top 10 "Far Away", "Rockstar" which became their greatest chart success in U.K. and a further Hot Mainstream Rock top 5 smash. "If Everyone Cared" and "Side Of A Bullet" received widespread airplay well over a year after the album's release.

"Dark Horse", Kroeger and co.'s next release, arrived in November 2008; it continued the formula of the group's standard power ballad and Hard-Rock templates. "Dark Horse", which shot to #1 on the Top Canadian Albums chart, also was a success Stateside, although its numbers didn't match those of "All The Right Reasons", the album stalled at sales of 3 million peaking at #2 on The Billboard 200. The first single "Gotta Be Somebody", quickly catapulted into the top 10 of The Hot Canadian Singles, The Billboard Hot 100, The Hot Mainstream Rock and The Hot Modern Rock charts; the album also featured a series of crossover hit singles, including the Active Rock #1 smash "Something In Your Mouth", "Burn It To The Ground" which climbed into the top 3 on the same chart, "If Today Was Your Last Day" made it into the top 10 in Canada and peaked at #19 on The Billboard Hot 100, "Never Gonna Be Alone" was another Canadian top 40 hit while "Shakin' Hands" went a bit beyond the top 10 of the U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.

Nickelback put out their seventh studio record, "Here And Now", in November 2011. Preceded by two hit singles, the Active Rock top 3 smash "Bottoms Up" and the triple-A oriented "When We Stand Together", the 11-song set rocketed to #1 on the Top Canadian Albums chart and to #2 on The Billboard 200 list.


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    The band line-up late '90s
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    "The Long Road" era
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    Nickelback 2005