Nickelback is simultaneously one of the most popular bands in the world, and one of the most hated. The group's polarizing reputation extends to their singer and frontman Chad Kroeger, and stories of his life and adventures on the road will either make you cringe in agony or swoon in adoration.
Regardless of what haters (including the band Slipknot and in all statistical likelihood, you) have to say, Kroeger has managed to win the respect of many artists, and has sold millions of records all around the world. And he's lived a pretty insane life along the way.
Nickelback's Breakthrough Album Dropped On September 11, 2001
Nickelback's third album, Silver Side Up, was the first to truly catch fire in the US, and contained the massive hit "How You Remind Me." The album also happened to be released on September 11, 2001. "When I woke up, the record was really an afterthought," Kroeger said. "It wasn't till hours after we'd been watching CNN where someone went, 'Oh, no, our f*cking record came out today.'"
He also said that the band had a concert at a state fair in Pennsylvania that night, and couldn't cancel it. "We did a couple of songs, then I said, 'You know what? This has been one of the darkest days in our history. But why don't we try and end it on a positive note? You guys can use us to take your mind off what's on CNN, and we'll do our best'... It alleviated the tension. Everyone rushed to the front of the stage, and we had a great rock show."
Kroeger And Avril Lavigne Had A Fairytale Wedding
Kroeger married early 2000s' alt-punk-rock darling Avril Lavigne. In a November 2013 episode of Chelsea Lately, Lavigne opened up about their wedding day, saying "It was in a castle, south of France, it was by the water. We got married at nine o'clock at night, and partied until six in the morning." The three-day-long event also featured a fireworks show over the Mediterranean and a massive after-hours dance party.
Kroeger reportedly told HELLO! magazine, "I had goosebumps from head to toe and my eyes filled with tears. It's a moment I will never forget as long as I live."
Kroeger And Avril Lavigne Are Separated, But Not Totally Estranged
As previously mentioned, Kroeger and Avril Lavigne got married in 2013, but separated two years later. At the time, Avril said, "We are still, and forever will be, the best of friends, and will always care deeply for each other." It appears that statement wasn't just for show, as in 2016, the pair posed together at a Grammy party. Then, in 2017, Avril joined Nickelback onstage in Los Angeles to duet with Kroeger for the song "Rockstar."
Detroit Lions Fans Petitioned To Stop Nickelback From Performing During Halftime
In 2011, Nickelback was booked to perform at halftime during the Detroit Lions's annual Thanksgiving game. Many fans of the team weren't happy with the selection, and before long, a petition was launched on Change.org that aimed to bar them from performing. The petition read, "This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the US to associate Detroit with Nickelback? Detroit is home to so many great musicians and they chose Nickelback?!?!?!"
The petition earned over 50,000 signatures. Despite that, the performance went on as scheduled. However, after just one song, "Here and Now," Kroeger and his band decided that enough was enough, and ended the set a little early.