Nickelback

Biography

Once upon a time, Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger worked the counter at a Starbucks in Vancouver, Canada. Constantly taking orders for $1.95, Mike gave lots of nickels back to his customers. The thought stuck, and when Mike, brother Chad, and two other friends started a band and began recording a demo with borrowed money, they jokingly named their band Nickelback. Though that job is now a distant memory, the name stuck, and Nickelback was born.

Virtually unknown outside of Canada, Nickelback released their first album, 1996's Curb, and began a rigorous touring schedule. In 2000 the band released their second studio album, The State, a darker and more atmospheric piece. The album received extra attention in Canada, where a new law requiring Canadian radio stations to broadcast minimum amounts of music by Canadian artists kept their hit singles Leader of Men and Worthy to Say on the air for months. Building upon this success, Nickelback�s Canadian fan base exploded, and the band began gaining popularity in the United States and abroad.

Their third album Silver Side Up was released in 2001, and has proven to be their most successful effort to date, selling over 9 million copies worldwide. Though regarded as somewhat mediocre by critics (most of the songs had been written early in the band's career, and stood in contrast to the more somber tone of their last album), the album proved vastly popular. Standout tracks include poppy fan favorite Too Bad and ubiquitous hard rock anthem How You Remind Me, which charted at #1 on the Billboard Top 100.

Nickelback�s solid, likeable blend of post-grunge radio friendly rock has proven to be a successful combination, with a sound comparable to contemporaries like Bush and Stone Temple Pilots. Their next two albums, The Long Road and All the Right Reasons sold 14 million copies combined. The two albums collectively produced nine top 20 hits in the USA and Canada, a testament to the band�s popularity. Inspirational lyrics, light guitar distortion, an exaggerated high/low dynamic, and deliberate drumming fuel the band's clear and recognizable sound. Soulful songs like If Everyone Cared and Someday mix well with the playful atmosphere of hits like Feelin Way Too Damn Good and Rockstar. The band�s sixth album, yet unnamed, is currently in the planning stages as of 2008.

From Discogs:

Chad Kroeger: lead vocals and guitar.Ryan Peake: guitars and vocals.Mike Kroeger: bass.Ryan "Nik" Vikedal: drums.

From Lastfm:

Nickelback is a rock band which formed in Hanna, Alberta, Canada in 1995. The band consists of Chad Kroeger (vocals, guitar), Ryan Peake (guitar, vocals), Mike Kroeger (bass) and Daniel Adair (drums). The band's original drummer, Brandon Kroeger, left the group in 1997, and was replaced first by Mitch Guidon from 1997 to 1998 and then Ryan Vikedal from 1998 to 2005. The band has released seven albums: "Curb" (1996), "The State" (1998), "Silver Side Up" (2001), "The Long Road" (2003), "All the Right Reasons", "Dark Horse" (2008) and "Here and Now" (2011).

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From Wikipedia:

Nickelback is a Canadian rock band from Hanna, Alberta, whose music is classed as hard rock, post-grunge, and alternative rock. Since 1995, the band has comprised guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist and back-up vocalist Ryan Peake, and bassist Mike Kroeger. In 2005, Daniel Adair replaced drummer Ryan Vikedal, who had been with the band since 1998.

Nickelback is one of the most commercially successful Canadian groups, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and ranking as the eleventh best-selling music act, and the second best-selling foreign act in the U.S. behind the Beatles, of the 2000s. Billboard ranks them the top rock group of the decade, and their hit song "How You Remind Me" was listed as the top rock song of the decade and the fourth song of the decade. They were listed number seven on the Billboard top artist of the decade, with four albums listed on the Billboard top albums of the decade.

The band signed with Roadrunner Records in 1999 and re-released their once-independent album The State. The band achieved commercial success with the release of their 2000 album The State and then they achieved mainstream success with the release of their 2001 album Silver Side Up. Following the release of Silver Side Up the band released their biggest and most known hit today, "How You Remind Me" which peaked number 1 on the American and Canadian charts at the same time. Then, the band's 4th album The Long Road spawned 5 singles and continued the band's mainstream success with their hit single "Someday" which peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 at the Canadian Singles Chart. Afterwards, the band put out their biggest album to date, All The Right Reasons which produced 3 top 10 singles and 5 top 20 singles, on the Billboard Hot 100 example of songs like "Photograph", "Far Away", and "Rockstar". The band's Dark Horse album was a success which produced eight singles, one of which peaked on the top 10 on the Billboard...

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