Nickelback onstage Belfast, September 12 2008
Origin Hanna, Alberta, Canada
Genre(s) Hard rock
Years active 1995–present
Label(s) Roadrunner, Atlantic,
EMI (Canada), LiveNation
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Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in Hanna, Alberta by Chad
Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake and then-drummer Brandon Kroeger (the
current drummer of Nickelback being Daniel Adair). The band's music may
be classified as Post-Grunge, along with groups like 3 Doors Down,
Finger Eleven, and Daughtry.
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 band's name originates from the nickel in change that band
member Mike Kroeger gave customers at his Starbucks job—he would
frequently say, "Here's your nickel back".
The band is signed to EMI at home and Roadrunner Records for the rest of
the world. In July 2008, the band signed with Live Nation for three
touring and album cycles, with an option for a fourth cycle. The
contract includes recordings, touring, merchandise and other rights.
Nickelback's first release was a seven-track EP called Hesher in 1996.
In the same year Nickelback recorded their first full-length album Curb.
"Fly" was released on Hesher and Curb and was the first single produced
by Nickelback. It did not chart and was only played on local radio
Nickelback performing in Dublin in 2006.
The following album The State was recorded in 1998 and was released as
an independent record the same year. Nickelback signed a record deal
with EMI and Roadrunner Records. The State was then re-released in 2000
by EMI and Roadrunner Records; it was certificated gold in Canada and
the United States.
In 2001, Nickelback released the album Silver Side Up, which propelled
them into the mainstream. The single "How You Remind Me" was a huge
success, peaking at #1 on both the American and Canadian charts at the
same time. In the U.S., it was a #1 single on the Mainstream and Modern
rock charts, as well as the pop chart. It also peaked at #2 on Adult Top
40. "How You Remind Me" became the Billboard Hot 100 #1 single of the
year for 2002. The next single was "Too Bad", which also hit #1 on the
Mainstream Rock Chart and had a small amount of success on the pop
chart. The final single from the album was "Never Again", another #1 hit
on Mainstream Rock.
In 2002, Chad Kroeger worked with Josey Scott on the Spider-Man theme
song, "Hero". This also featured Tyler Connolly, Mike Kroeger, Matt
Cameron, and Jeremy Taggart.
In 2003, Nickelback released The Long Road. The lead single was