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Nickelback

Few bands did more than Nickelback to establish the force of slick, commercially minded post-grunge in the 2000s. Led by vocalist Chad Kroeger, the band initially emerged in the late '90s as Canada's answer to Creed, prizing a blend of gruff vocals and distorted (yet radio-friendly) guitars. After a handful of singles failed to gain much traction in Canada, "How You Remind Me" caught hold in 2001, eventually topping the charts in several countries while gathering four Grammy nominations and four Juno Awards. Creed imploded several years later, but Nickelback's popularity only grew as the decade progressed, effectively eclipsing those acts that had once informed the band's sound.

Chad Kroeger honed his frontman skills by performing with cover bands in Hanna, a small Canadian town 215 kilometers northeast of Calgary. After growing tired of playing other people's songs, he borrowed money from his stepfather and relocated to Vancouver, where he recorded his first batch of original material. Mike Kroeger, Chad's bass-playing sibling, decided to join his brother's band, as did fellow Vancouver transplants Ryan Peake (a guitarist who had befriended the Kroeger in middle school) and Ryan Vikedal (a drummer from Peake's hometown of Brooks, Alberta). Nickelback officially took shape in 1996 and quickly set to work, releasing two albums -- the Hesher EP and full-length album Curb -- before the year was up. By 1998, the bandmates were managing themselves; Chad courted radio stations, brother Mike handled distribution, Vikedal booked shows, and Peake maintained the band's website.

January 2000 saw the arrival of The State, Nickelback's second independent release. Issued at a time in which Canadian content requirements were increased (and, accordingly, local radio stations had begun to desperately seek out homegrown product), the album fared very well on indie charts. Nickelback toured ceaselessly in support of The State, logging approximately 200 shows while playing alongside other groups of the burgeoning post-grunge genre. Nickelback's commercial appeal wasn't lost on the record industry, either, and The State's distribution rights were quickly snapped up by Roadrunner Records in the U.S. and EMI in Canada. As the band continued to tour, Kroeger kept writing new songs, many of which were honed in front of live audiences. Much of that material found its way onto Silver Side Up, which was produced by Rick Parashar (who came to prominence in the early '90s by helming Pearl Jam's Ten, Alice in Chains' Sap, and Blind Melon's self-titled debut) and recorded at Green House, the same Vancouver studio used during The State's creation. The combination of Nickelback's growing popularity and Kroeger's focused songwriting propelled Silver Side Up onto album charts across the world, spearheaded by the hit single "How You Remind Me." Kroeger capitalized on that exposure by producing another Vancouver-based band, Default, and collaborating with Saliva's Josey Scott for the Spiderman soundtrack. The Long Road then arrived in 2003, featuring an increasingly polished sound and another high-charting single, "Someday." While some listeners criticized the apparent similarities between "Someday" and "How You Remind Me," The Long Road had little trouble maintaining Nickelback's wide audience, eventually selling over five million copies worldwide.

In February 2005, Nickelback announced the departure of Vikedal. He was soon replaced by 3 Doors Down's former drummer, Daniel Adair, and Nickelback returned to Kroeger's studio in Vancouver to begin work on another album. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Pantera's Dimebag Darrell (who unfortunately died before the album's release) were guests on the chart-topping All the Right Reasons, which arrived in October 2005. The album proved to be Nickelback's most popular effort to date, remaining in the Billboard Top 30 for over two years and selling over seven million copies in the U.S. alone. It also spawned five Top 20 singles, a feat that attracted the attention of veteran producer (and demonstrated hit-maker) Mutt Lange. Nickelback traveled to Lange's home in Switzerland to share songwriting ideas; impressed with the results, they also enlisted him to helm their next album. Recorded in a converted Vancouver barn, Dark Horse marked the band's sixth studio album upon its release in November 2008. Nickelback's seventh studio album arrived nearly three years after the multi-platinum-selling Dark Horse. The 11-track Here and Now, which was preceded by the singles "Bottoms Up" and "When We Stand Together," hit the streets on November 21, 2011.

The following year Kroeger began working on fellow Canadian rockstar Avril Lavigne's eponymous fifth album. Shortly after their working partnership began, they began dating and eventually married in early 2013. The band put together their first compilation, The Best of Nickelback, Vol.1, which appeared in November of '13; the 19-track collection contained no new songs. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Track List: When We Stand Together (Single)

Comments

Love this songs
evavoelker
Say your crushs name
Name a day of the week
Kiss your left hand three times
Clap your hands four times
Comment this on 5 other songs
And your crush will ask you out on the day if the week you said
Same as me
I remember when my dad would play this song when i was a kid and i still listen to it today
I love u Nickelback your the best :)........ha t e r s should stop drinking that haterade if u don't like them keep it to yourself
I remember getting dark horse from my mom and my dad took it as soon as I showed him. I was 7. XD Moms...
These guys are so radio rock, they're like the Justin Bieber of rock
nicko252008
pickle kissers
taran.storm
I... Love... THIS EFFING BAND! SO wish they'd go ahead and either make a new album or another compilation! You're worth every returnable :-)
Hey all you haters um a if you hate him why are you on his station. F**k haters
My moms jammin bannin :)
Nickelback is my life. Fav band ��
I dont know if I hate them or love them : /
Forget u all haters of nickelback your just jealous
The concert sucked, so i went backstage and got my nickelback. :D
ur prob just mad cause they did something with there life and u sit behind a computer giving shi*ty comments
nickelback is amazing why do u have to be so mad ck?
ckcenicero
I have 1 thing to say to everyone who says nickelback is good. Go f**k yourself.
Fallow me i fallow back ^_^
cool station
Asyouwishtwi c e . Just some people being dumb
asyouwishtwi c e
So what's all the crap about iPhones under pillows and dying in two days
i love them! their songs actually mean something!!! ! ! n o t stupid pop crap!
Finally putting out a new album it has been so long.
Someone commented that nickelback sucks and if you like them you should have your a$$ whipped and thrown in a 55 gallon drum of water and set on fire. First off. Some people like that. Second I would love to see water be set in fire (H2O - water not water that's got other sh*t in it to make it catch on fire) and i would be safe in the barrel -drowning. Third, If you don't like the band. You could be nicer about it. Like "eh. I don't like Nickelback" and move on OR NOT COMMENT that always work. S
Never gonna be alone :)
Right here
Oh my gosh, I FREAKIN LOVE NICKELBACK, I HAVE ALL OF THEIR ALBUMS THEY RELEASED SO FAR IN THEIR CAREER. MY FAVORITE SONGS BY NICKELBACK ARE "HOW YOU REMIND ME", "IF TODAY WAS YOUR LAST DAY", "GOTTA BE SOMEBODY", "THIS MEANS WAR", "NEVER GONNA BE ALONE", NEXT CONTESTANT, FOLLOW YOU HOME, FIGHT FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS, FLAT ON THE FLOOR, SEE YOU AT THE SHOW, AND LEARN THE HARD WAY.
best album: all the right reasons
Love this song follow for a follow
Love this song
Love this band a lot love this song it's awesome!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! U know the lead singer Chad Kroger is the 1 married 2 the best singer in history Avril Lavigne.
Follow me I follow back ^^ yeayea
I lo ve it this song. rreally. Awesome
geneva4803
i love his song they soo good to just hang
DIS SONG IS SOO COOL
nickle back rooks
Love
Hi
Miss you
One of the Best Bands of all time , One Hit Song after another, If they suck so bad how come so many people Love them? You just do not get it and are missing out !
I love their song if today was your last day
YOU ARE AWESOME!!!
If everyone cared so amazing ;)
I love this song
Where can I get a voice like his? Is there a human sacrifice involved? I have a few fish..
This is the hardest song to hear... it's awesome but it was played at my brother funeral RIP
I love them. Thay are so cool I love ther sing guys. ?????•<•< ••*•+ *•*• omg lol XD xoxoxoxoxoxo x o x o x o x o x o
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