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Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in Hanna, Alberta, in 1995 by Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger and Ryan Vikedal. Their hit single "How You Remind Me" from their third album, Silver Side Up reached the top on the Canadian Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time, making them the second Canadian band to accomplish this, the first being The Guess Who with "American Woman".

Since their smash hit "How You Remind Me" in 2001, the band enjoyed major commercial (although not critical) success. Nickelback sold over 13.5 million albums in the United States and over 1.7 million in Canada, their worldwide album sales totalled almost 25 million.

The band has won nine Juno Awards, an American Music Award, an MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film (Hero), and a World Music Award for World's Best-Selling Rock Artist. The band was also nominated for seven Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards and ten Juno Awards. On December 4, 2006, Nickelback won three Billboard Music Awards out of five nominations.

Nickelback's latest release, All the Right Reasons has already sold more than 4.7 million albums in the United States and over 7 million albums worldwide.

NHL goalie Cam Ward, wears a goalie mask that has a Nickelback theme featuring the bandmembers playing.


Although the founders of the band hail from Hanna, Alberta, a small town east of Calgary, they are now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The name derived from the nickel in change that Mike Kroeger's brother often had to give customers in his job at a coffee shop, in which he would say, "Here's your nickel back".

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.

They have received six Juno Awards and were nominated for five more in 2006. Their single "Photograph" was nominated for best single.

In May and June 2006, Nickelback supported Bon Jovi on the European leg of their Have A Nice Day Tour, playing in Germany, The Republic of Ireland, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and finishing in the UK.

Nickelback with their latest album, topped the nominees with three, 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 were held on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 and winning for Favorite Pop/Rock Album (All the Right Reasons). Also Nickelback won a World Music Award for best rock group on November 15 2006, which happened to be Chad's 32nd birthday.

Nickelback will begin writing and recording new material for their sixth full-length album, which is expected to be released around late 2007/early 2008. Currently, no further details about the new release are known.


In 2003, an internet meme known as "How You Remind Me of Someday" was created to illustrate the remarkable similarities between the songs "How You Remind Me" and "Someday". In response, bassist Mike Kroeger said to the Cleveland Free Times in a press conference, "I think that's remarkable for someone to notice that there is a hit quality. If all hits sound the same, then sorry. When you are a band that has a distinct style such as us or AC/DC, that happens. When you have a distinct style, you run the risk of sounding similar.".

Nickelback is often the target of jokes and criticism by comedians such as Brian Posehn and Tony Martin.

Chad Kroeger has on several occasions lashed out at his band's detractors in television interviews and during concert appearances. 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. As he turned away, 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.

Chad Kroeger is frequently referred to by the Australian nationally syndicated radio program Get This by the nickname of the "Paddlepop Lion", in reference to his long hair and general similarities in looks to the popular Australian ice cream icon. The entire band are also referenced due to the hosts' dislike of them, particularly of their song lyrics.


Current members

Chad Kroeger — lead vocals, rhythm guitar

Ryan Peake — backing vocals, lead guitar

Mike Kroeger — bass guitar

Daniel Adair — drums, percussion, backing vocals

Former members

Brandon Kroeger — drums (1996 — 1997)

Ryan Vikedal — drums (2000 — 2005)



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