Nickelback is a Canadian rock band from Hanna, Alberta. Since 1995 the band has included guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist and back-up vocalist Ryan Peake and bassist Mike Kroeger. The band's current drummer and percussionist is Daniel Adair who has been with the band since 2005. Nickelback's music is classed as hard rock and alternative metal, and Post-Grunge Nickelback is one of the most commercially successful Canadian groups, having sold almost 50 million albums worldwide, ranking as the 11th best selling music act of the 2000s, and is the 2nd best selling foreign act in the U.S. behind The Beatles for the 2000s. The band is based in Vancouver, Canada. The band's original domestic signing was with EMI Canada. They subsequently obtained an American deal with global distribution via Roadrunner Records. For the release of their seventh album, the band parted from EMI Canada and signed a new Canadian domestic distribution deal with Universal Music Canada. Nickelback signed with their main laber RoadRunner Records in September of 1999. Their Leader Of Men single propel the band to mainstream success in America and Canada in 2000. The band got bigger success with their How You Remind Me single which it was number 1 in Billboard Hot 100.
Early years (1995-1999)
Nickelback was formed in 1995 by Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Mike Kroeger, and Brandon Kroeger. In the early 1990s Mike Kroeger and Ryan Peake were in a cover band called The Village Idiots. The band toured alot in Canada. In 1995 Chad Kroeger Mike brother joined the band and he want to create his own songs. Ryan and Mike agreed with Chad. In 1995 Chad and Mike cousin Brandon Kroeger joined the band to play drums. In late 1995 Chad wanted to go to Vancouver because he found out that Alberta wasn't the place for music. Chad borrow money from his dad and Chad told Ryan and Mike and Brandon to go to Vancouver and the three of them admit that they have to go to Vancouver. In January 1996 the band went to Vancouver and also got their own studio. They went to record their EP 7 track demo called Hesher. After they recorded hesher they thought of a name for the demo. A friend of the band remember saying he sure so the band decide it to call it Hesher. The band also needed a name Mike Kroeger used to work in Starbucks and he would say here is your nickelback to the customers. The band decide to name the band Nickelback. In March of 1996 hesher was released and the band passed it to alot of people. The people were saying that the demo was great. Nickelback went back to the studio to record their first full length album called curb. Curb was released in May 1 1996 only in Canada and the band did not had a recrold label. Their first single Fly was played in Vancouver radio stations. In July 1996 the band recorded and released their first video for Fly. Nickelback Curb album sold more than 10,000 copies in 1996 as a independent label. In 1997 the band decide to support the album by playing alot of shows in Cananda. In late 1997 Brandon Kroeger decide to leave the band because he want to go back to Alberta and have a great time with his family. Nickelback found another drummer named Mitch Guindon and the band tour in late 1997 to the summer of 1998 with Mitch Guindon. In the summer of 1998 Mitch Guindon leaves because he started working with a car company. Ryan Peake friend back in Alberta drummer Ryan Vikedal went and play drums for the band. Nickelback decide to go back to the studio and record their second album The State. Nickelback needed to get $30,000 dollars to record The State. So the band manage themselves by Chad assigned with radio tracking. Ryan was responsible for bookings Mike was in charge of the distrubition. With all that they for the money and record The State. The State was released in January 1999 only in Canada and their second single Leader Of Men got great success in the radio.
Roadrunner A&R Ron Burman told HitQuarters that one of his West Coast scouts sent him the self-released album and, suitably impressed, he travelled to Vancouver to see them perform live. Although an unknown property in the industry at the time, the venue was packed out. In Burman's words: "I immediately got the chills! I thought their song "Leader of Men" was a smash hit." Off the stage he was impressed by their industry and initiative in managing their career: Despite this it still took Burman three months for him to convince his label bosses' to approve the signing, a decision that would mark Roadrunner's first move into mainstream rock. Nickelback signed a record deal with EMI and Roadrunner Records. In late 1998, the band fired their managers and started managing themselves. Mike Kroeger handled all the distribution, Chad – all the radio tracking, and Ryan Vikedal – all the bookings. In 1999, Roadrunner Records signed Nickelback because the band sold more than 10,000 copies of Hesher and their first album Curb as an independent label. In October 1999 the band played with Creed and Silverchair. After they did tour with Creed and Silverchair they were still touring up to December 1999.
Rise To Fame and Success and Mainstream Success (2000-2002)
Nickelback signed to EMI in early 2000. The State was released in march 7 2000. The album was a commercial success and it was also nickelback first album to be released in America. The album reached the Billboard 200 albums chart and peaked at number 130. The album also reached Billboard Top Independent Albums chart and peaked at number 6. The album reached Billboard Heatseekers albums chart and it peak number 3. The first single Leader Of Men is Nickelback breakthrough single in America and Canada. The song was a top ten hit in America. It reached Billboard Mainstream and Modern rock chart. The song peaked at number 8 at mainstream rock chart and stay in the top ten for 10 successful weeks. The song peaked at number 21 in modern rock chart. The song also peaked at number 11 at Canadian RPM rock chart. The second single Breathe was another top ten hit single. The song peaked at number 10 in mainstream rock chart and stay in the top ten for 2 weeks. The song peaked at number 21 in modern rock chart. The song peaked at number 16 at Canadian RPM rock chart. Nickelback third single was Old Enough. The single peak at number 24 in mainstream rock chart. The song also peaked at number 12 in Canadian RPM rock chart. The album last single was Worthy to Say and it did not charted. In May 2000 Nickelback played with 3 Doors Down. The band was playing in front of 5 thousand to 7 thousand people. In June 2000 the band hooked up with Creed and Sevendust which they found a bigger audience. In July 2000 the band played again with 3 Doors Down and found a bigger audience. In July 2000 Nickelback Guitarist and Front Man Chad Kroeger say they might play some shows with Metallica Korn and others at the Summer Sanitarium Tour. Nickelback did festival season with the Deftnoes, Godsmack, and Stone Temple Pilots which the audience was 35 thousand to 45 thousand people. In the fall of 2000 Nickelback played with 3 Doors Down and Dust For Life. Nickelback played shows in America up to December 2000. Chad Kroeger also say that so many people say that we sound better live than we do on the record. In January 2001 The band played a little bit of shows in America. In February 2001 the band played with Everclear. In March 2001 Nickelback earn their first Juno award for best new group of the year. The State has sold 1 million copies worldwide being Plantium at both countries America and Canada.
Nickelback have already played approximately 200 shows and played to more than 600,000 people across the country!!This is all in an 8-month time span. Nickelback’s radio singles “Breathe”, “Leader of Men”, and “Old Enough” are currently reaching an audience of over 10 million listeners a week on the radio. With a lot of money made from The State album they went back to the studio in April to record their next album. Silver Side Up. In September 11 2001 Silver Side Up was released. The album was a huge success that it peaked number 2 in Billboard 200 albums Chart. It also peaked number 1 in Canadian albums chart. Their success that they were getting in The State was nothing compare to Silver Side Up. The first single How You Remind Me was a huge success that it peaked 1 in both mainstream and modern rock chart. the single also peaked number 1 in Canadian Singles chart. In December 2001 How You Remind Me peaked at number 1 in Billboard hot 100 chart. Their second single was Too Bad which was another number 1 hit single. The single peaked at number 1 in mainstream rock chart and number 6 in modern rock chart. The single also peaked at 42 in the Billboard hot 100. Their third and final single from the album was Never Again and it was another number 1 hit single. The single peaked at number 1 in mainstream rock chart. On the end of 2001 Nickelback spent more of their time touring and in 2002 they toured more. In June 2002 the band re-released their first album Curb. The album reached the Billboard 200 peaking at number 182 in 2002. In October 29 2002 they released Live At Home which it shows them playing in their home Alberta Canada and they also played in fornt of 25 thousand of people. How You Remind Me was number 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Year End Chart for 2002. Silver Side Up was a huge success and it sold 10 million copies worldwide.