Nickelback's Chad Kroeger Is Officially Less of an Asshole Than He Used to Be

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Chances are you hate Nickelback -- or at least profess to. Have you ever met anyone who told you they liked Nickelback? I haven't. But somebody, somewhere is buying their records. If they weren't, the band would've quit already (unless its members are still going just to spite the world -- which is a possibility to be considered.)

To be honest, we felt not a hint of sympathy for the band when news broke recently that over 55,000 people had signed an online petition to prevent Nickelback from playing a halftime show at the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions game on Thanksgiving. Rather, we could identify far more with the creators of the petition, who earnestly stated: "This is completely unfair to those of us who purchased tickets to the game. At least the people watching at home can mute their TVs." It's a fair point, and one that serves to emphasize what we all already know: man, people fucking hate Nickelback. But as much as that's true, the band's response to the controversy shows that its frontman, Chad Kroeger, is at least slightly less of an asshole than he used to be. We'll explain after the jump.

It can't feel good, being hated by the world like this. They're like the modern day, musical equivalent of Frankenstein -- hated by all in their path, but rumbling along noisily regardless. So it was relatively exciting yesterday when the members of Nickelback appeared in a skit on Funny Or Die. If anything was going to give them some humanity, some humor, some personality -- heck, some reason for being -- it was this. If you haven't watched it already, you can check it out here and below.


It's not the funniest thing in the world, granted. But it does okay: the hair joke, the goat-sex joke, the acknowledgment that the world (or at least Detroit) hates them -- it's all moderately amusing. While it's not entirely convincing, it is a sign that Nickelback has come a long way in the having-a-sense-of-humor stakes. I mention this because nine years ago, I worked for a magazine that got into a bit of trouble with Nickelback -- and the whole thing got blown out of all sensible proportion. 

Kerrang! is one of the UK's most popular music magazines, and it was a joy to work for because writers at that publication were encouraged to report things as they saw things. If we didn't like something, we damn well said so. This was not a publication controlled by advertising dollars, and sugarcoating was not our thing. We praised when we saw fit, we criticized when we saw fit -- simple.

One of the finest -- and certainly most entertaining -- writers at the magazine at that time was Ian Winwood. Kerrang!'s trouble with Nickelback started when Ian was sent out from London to Philadelphia to interview the band. According to Ian -- and Ian is not one to fabricate such things -- Chad Kroeger was both uncooperative during the interview, vastly unpleasant to the audience that night and prone to tantrums, snapping unnecessarily at even his bandmates.

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So Ian came home and wrote exactly what he thought of his time with Nickelback. If memory serves correctly, the most controversial phrase he used in the feature was: "Chad Kroeger: what a cunt." Not too eloquent certainly, but definitely hilarious. (Please note that the 'C' word is far more widely used and accepted in the British Isles than it is over here). Truth be told, the story was a hit, everyone was vastly amused, and it seemed like an honest and unwavering piece of good music journalism to me.

Shortly afterward, however, when Nickelback did a U.K. arena tour, Kroeger made several requests, while on stage, to fight Ian Winwood. He suggested they have a boxing match for charity. It should be noted at this stage that Ian is not a tall man and he's not a particularly athletic man. He certainly doesn't seem like a fighter. Fortunately, what Ian is lacking in boxing ability, he more than makes up for with balls, so Kerrang! happily printed his response to Kroeger's challenge -- he was up for the fight!

All went quiet for a while, until one day the office received a beautiful bunch of flowers. They were from Nickelback. I forget what the exact wording on the card was, but it was something along the lines of "See you soon. xoxox" They'd gone all mafia on us! There was more talk, after the flowers, of Ian and Kroeger perhaps duking it out at the Reading Festival -- one of Britain's biggest annual rock events.

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Sadly, nothing ever came of Nickelback's threats and flower-based intimidation, though Ian did get to keep his teeth and nose intact, which he's probably very grateful for. What the whole prolonged incident did teach everyone at the time though, was that Chad Kroeger -- cunt or no cunt -- had zero sense of humor and knew how how to cling to a grudge. And the only thing worse than a grudge-holder is a grudge-holder with a penchant for violence -- clearly something else Chad had going for him.

Nickelback -- boring, formulaic, bland old Nickelback -- is hard enough to stomach on the strength of the music and lack of personality alone (seriously -- you could stare at photos of this lot for days and still have difficulty picking any of the non-Kroegers out of a line-up), but it was even harder to have any respect or sympathy for them when they couldn't take what one magazine said about them on the chin and then move on. If you choose to be a musician, you are going to have to deal with music critics, and not all of them are going to like you -- especially if you're behaving like a spoiled child.

It's worth noting that the magazine feud did blow over and Nickelback went on to grace Kerrang!'s cover years later. But the knowledge of Chad's behavior all those years ago has never left my brain. I'm just glad that this time, when faced with vocal opposition, Nickelback chose to respond with humor rather than threats of violence. Of course, then again, it's a little difficult to threaten 55,000 people with flowers.  
 
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hatersgonnahate
hatersgonnahate like.author.displayName 1 Like

There are four types of people who don't enjoy Nickelback. There are those who truly don't enjoy their sound because it doesn't suit their tastes, there are those who are jealous of their success (regardless of the means they've used to attain it), there are trolls who say and do asinine things just to piss people off because they truly have no greater purpose in life but to be pathetically dependent on negativity and there are bandwagon jumpers who say they don't enjoy Nickelback just to feel like they fit in somewhere.

 

Those who truly don't enjoy their sound for legitimate reasons are so very few compared to anyone else. So few, in fact, that the statistics are insignificant. This is why, when you ask someone to explain why they don't enjoy Nickelback, you are answered only with "herp dey jus suck cuz dey moozik bad" with no intelligible reason to support their opinions. Your best option is to treat them as you would any overconfident retard. Metaphorically pat them on the head, as condescendingly as you wish, and move on.

pzqd2q
pzqd2q

I stand corrected. It was the United Way. 

pzqd2q
pzqd2q

I’m not sure if your opinion has changed since you wrote this article. I believe that it takes time for people to mature and find humility. If you shift to the lyrics of the songs Chad has written then you know at the core of his soul you will find nothing but a good person. You find every facet of him in his lyrics. He stands for world peace, kindness and goodness, a hometown boy and a tender man with heart at his core. The lyrics shift from being hurt to seeing stars and being start struck to wondering if the right person is out there.

I can tell you that I’m a straight laced professional from a suburb of Detroit called Oakland County. I like the band’s music and over 14 million people in the bands facebook alone agree with me. I like Chad’s humor on and off stage—the spoof video of Detroit at the core was hurt! I wrote them, whether they get my posts or not, and told them there are people in the area that love them. They recently packed the house at DTE in Clarkston, MI.

I purchased my ticket to see them 5 minutes before the box office closed in 100 degree weather to get a glimpse of Chad, hear his beautiful voice and the group’s great music—the band rocked the house. I was proud to sit 4 rows from stage and yell until I lost my voice. I figured if they would show up to play in the heat, unlike some arrogant rock bands (without mentioning names) that cannot even make it on the stage on time, then I could make it to see them. They are thankful for their fans and I even saw humility recently—a simple thank you to the road crew. They had a fund drive for UNICEF. The band asked for prayers and helped promote a band who wrote an awesome song about the lead singer’s sick baby. They give back… “they” includes Chad.

I think we all have good and bad. None of us are perfect. If we look for the good in people we’ll find it. If we look for the bad we’ll find it. Did anyone stop to think that Chad may have been dealing with something hard in his life? Rock stars, movie stars, CEO’s, CxO’s, etc… they are human first. Looking into his eyes at DTE…. I saw a beautiful core behind those eyes. I pray all the time for their continued success, good health and happiness.

Karen K (Bloomfield Hills, MI) @nickelback

gabbison
gabbison

Nickelback suck balls, there's nothing good about their shitty music and shitty lyrics. Listen to real music. Peace out, I'm off to listen to the beautiful sounds of Jimi, Deep Purple and the Beatles to lull me into sweet, guilt free sleep, knowing I'm not a wanker who doesn't know real music if it hit me in the face with a fucking axe.

JV
JV

Chad Kroeger isn't American.

Jacob Burwell
Jacob Burwell

Your a fucking idiot for thinking that the whole world hates Nickelback.. For every 1 person that hates them there is at least 10 that go to there concert when they come to town... Try looking at yourself when your talking about how little people are cause your even shallower than what you portray chad to be.... People like you are the reason the world is in caous... So grow a pair and quit talking shit.

Tabznw
Tabznw

I loove Nickleback,rhankyou very much and am African!so the writers of this piece need to find a new career!

Australia4Nickelback
Australia4Nickelback

Chad Kroeger and Nickelback are extremely talented and know how to put on a awesome show! Australian's love Nickelback and I will always pay my hard earned money to see such talent! Keep giving us amazing music guys! Thank You for the fabulous memories to date :)

Prpseintel
Prpseintel

I would like to hear Chad's side of it. As if media has never had fights with famous people. There is always another story behind the scenes. People usually dont make statements to fight someone over nothing. I dont think he is psychotic. I think he does not trust the media not to go to sections of his life which he deems private. After all people say he is a died in the wool activist or at least he was.

Radar

Jake
Jake

If you don't loke them then don't fucking listen to them....and then you can go fuck yourself. Go back to listening to Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. When the music gets too loud or too raunchy for you, all it means is that you are getting fucking old. I'll be rock'in into my 90's baby! It's what keeps you young! Everybody out there has had a temper tantrum and pouted their asses off. It's called having a bad fucking day....get over it already! I'm prooud to be a fellow Canadian and want to thank Mike Kroeger for the vip passes in S'toon last week. Awesome! You guys were polite and friendly and it was a pleasure hanging with you...

Jake
Jake

or on the shirt as...Jamey a.k.a. Jake!

deedee
deedee like.author.displayName 1 Like

I love nickelback actually and I think the ppl that hate them never even really listend to there songs... Most of them are actually really deep if u listen to the lyrics and not just nod ur head to the beat like the rest of the cloned sheep... But I geuss u would listen to anything... Including stuff like "stick that gian cock in my ass u fucking huge penis man" as long as it has a good beat... Its actually really sad and I feel sorry for u :) have a great day posser

Ridge Briar
Ridge Briar like.author.displayName 1 Like

Love Nickelback and not afraid to say so ... and I am the 2nd member of my family that feels this way.  

People who say they hate Nickelback, many times are just insecure sheep jumping on the bandwagon thinking they are being cool by pretending to hate them.

gabbison
gabbison

Nah, I mainly hate them because they suck balls.

Gloria
Gloria

I love them also.......seems weird to get all worked up over a music band, do not like it do not listen......and farther more they were only pissed because they were Canadian.......reality is they got the spot because with all the BS in this world...fighting, racism, and just plain anger.....he sang a song that should be what we stand for and believe......WE AS PEOPLE NEED TO STAND TOGETHER.....God Bless Nickelback.....and if he is an Asshole oh well there is alot of them out there.......So just stand together......:)

The Ador@ble One.
The Ador@ble One.

I don't know if it's so much about closet fans, as it is about closet homos. But hey!? there's nothin wrong with lovin a little Chad here and there. protein does the body good;)

Amandadawn
Amandadawn like.author.displayName 1 Like

Personaly i love nickelback!! They are the shit and really everyones gonna have thier haters but seriously some people have got to get lives fir reals!!! Maybe if u actually listen to them u would probly change ur mind!!

Thefiddlergirl123
Thefiddlergirl123 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I love nickelback-people who don't like nickelback don't know good music, and that, sadly, seems to be a lot of this world. God forbid, they write all of their own music, which in itself is exceedingly rare these days, and their music has clever melodies and guitar parts, accompanied by beautiful lyrics. Chad Kroeger has even been asked to write songs for many other bands, such as Theory of a Deadman, Santana, and Default. People that don't like Nickelback consist mostly of the musically ignorant, who are also just bored and just looking for something to hate. Ugh! 

Skinknz
Skinknz like.author.displayName 1 Like

Love Nickelback, and Chad is a dude!  Just a suck magazine that doesn't know how to play the game.  Funny how they suddenly become victims in something they started.  Good job!

Miranda Said Yes
Miranda Said Yes like.author.displayName 1 Like

Love. Them. Period. and i've met Chad, he was super nice. M

TPE79
TPE79 like.author.displayName 1 Like

well, there is clearly a large amount of nickelback fans reading this article alone...they are my favorite band, and most people i know do not have a problem with them. i'd love to know why everyone has such negative feelings towards them. the idiots posting that they hate nickelback  or that they are horrible most likely all secretly like them. people act like they have never acted like a foolish, immature child before...everyone has, shit happens. people need to jus get over the shit and quit acting like the members of nickelback are bad people and havent ever made any good music...

Goodnight assfucks, and live on nickelback!!!

guest
guest like.author.displayName 1 Like

Hey i love Nickelback They are one of the most talented bands around way better than all the one direction, justin bieber, rihanna taletless pop rubbish You guys wouldnt know talent if it kicked you in the ouchies and if you really dont like them then atleast have enough respect to except the people who actually like them and get a life

Alyssa Belmore
Alyssa Belmore

hey one direction is actually a good band, but Justin Bieber... Definitely not talented

Dee
Dee like.author.displayName 1 Like

I LOVE the band , they are brilliant , some people just have no taste and should keep their horrible comments to themselves !

Crystalsimage3
Crystalsimage3

You guys are fuked !!!!  Nickelback rocks....  That is all fuk wits).

Tori
Tori

Dont you have anything better to do than write hateful garbage about people.... Ohhhh right, l forgot! That's what sells and gets attention! Sick of hearing about how people hate this band. It's pathetic.... I could think of legit bands with no talent to smear but wont stoop to your level... Geeze

Alovell69
Alovell69

I am a huge Country Music Fan! .....but I'm going to see Nickelback in Concert May/2012....So Nickelback must be pretty awesome!! ....Enuff said!!

Amanda
Amanda

i love nickelback ok  and he is sexy i wanna merry him have you actuly lisend to his music?

DOS_Cabinet
DOS_Cabinet

I feel like Nickelback is no better or no worse than most of the popular music people listen to (that is, they produce music that is sometimes enjoyable but not worthy of immense respect). I think people just convince themselves they hate Nickelback as some kind of penance for all the other stuff they should hate themselves for liking.

amused
amused

i seem to remember another band that was beat on unfairly in the past ,if this is the company they are treated like i don't think that will mind .do you remember the bee gees free weekends.puts nickleback in some pretty exclusive company non't you think? 

Codyhause
Codyhause

Nicklebacks alot better den the rest of trash they play now daysand alot of others love wm too

Gracielamartinez
Gracielamartinez

No matter what they say good or bad.. They still in ur fudgen mouth so deal with it..... Love them to death.... Wish them the very best, god bless the band and hope they keep continue doing what they do best perform,,,.... Not many rockstar can perform live ( w/o play back)) well ppl. They can and that makes them fricken AWSOME...

Andrea Boone Urbanovsky
Andrea Boone Urbanovsky

I happen to like Nickelback, thank you very much. And show me one person who does not make gazillions of dollars singing their hearts out that does not act like an asshole sometimes. Every human on earth has asshole tendencies. For people to cry about it and start petitions to stop a damn concert is ignorance gone wild. Get over it. Chad, I got ya'lls back.

Tefranci
Tefranci

I would just like to say that this guy is a bigger (UN! and STUCK-UP @$$HOLE than Nickelback ever thought about being. I wonder if this will hurt YOUR feelings (If u have any). You are probably like most snobs.  We are all human and all have feelings. I commend Chad and the rest of Nickelback for proving they ARE NOT, cold unfeeling robots. I Love Nickelback and their music. And sold out shows all across our nation PROVE that they have talent.

Deborahfox 6969
Deborahfox 6969

U people r fucked if u think they r not a great. I love their music is great an the best concert l have ever been to. U people dont no how hard they work to make the music to put out the best songs lve ever heard.

Aaronsgonzales
Aaronsgonzales

Nickelback rules

Mikesills44
Mikesills44

They fucking suck, what a bunch of wankers!

Amanda
Amanda

no they dont ok you are a wanker go fuck yourself

Jesse
Jesse

Hahaha! I think the flowers were funny! What a great way to make fun of it all.Seriously, Nickelback isnt the ones lacking humor here. If they'd really not been able to take a joke, they would have sent their lawyers. Flowers were just fun!

Kelly
Kelly

Exactly.  The flowers and "threats" obviously worried the writers more than Chad worried about being called a "cunt".  The flowers were what one calls "sarcasm".  Good for Chad and Nickelback for knowing the word and how to play it!  :)

Maddie Luke
Maddie Luke

here's my advice, if you don't like the band or their music... don't listen to them lol simple as that!

Mikesills44
Mikesills44

You are soooo cool Maddie, they are awful

Aniis_princess_1998
Aniis_princess_1998

Ughh seriosly i'm sick of this! If you don't like Nickelback doesn't mean everybody hates them, so go fuck yourself

Marianne
Marianne

Go to a show and then you'll see why these guys sell millions of records! I love Nickelback  too!!

Maxtune
Maxtune

i never had to go to a show to know they're real platinum rockstars :P true story

Gyps Westhaven
Gyps Westhaven

I love Nickelback!  Not everyone hates them.. they are very good performers live..

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