The iconic, best-selling, Juno-winning, Grammy-nominated, and ridiculous. Since the release of their third album, Silver side upin 2001, Nickelback made an international career out of the thick, chuggy guitar chords indicative of their style.
And now, this contribution becomes official. The band will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2023, for remaining “at the forefront of the music scene in Canada and around the world” for the past two decades, organizers said in a statement.
They didn’t expect to last this long, let alone receive this honor.
“We didn’t see any of this coming,” Chad Kroeger said in a recent interview with CBC. “I don’t know whose idea it was; I don’t know how it was put together. But it just, it doesn’t feel real.”
“When you are honored by your peers in your home country, it is a great reward. It is not at all something that we take lightly”
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But while selling gigs around the world and creating one of the best-selling music catalogs to ever come out of the country, the band have been the butt of a long-running joke. From Rolling Stone readers once naming them the second worst band of the 1990s, to Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney proclaiming that “rock and roll is dying because people have accepted Nickelback as the greatest band in the world. world”, everyone seems to have an opinion on whether they are really good.
“We just sit back and watch this,” member Ryan Peake said. “You’re like, you kind of watch it take off. And then we always find that when we meet people, we get this reaction like, ‘Oh, that’s not really [this] serious rock band.”
“Just four blunders,” Kroeger added.
For them, it is this attitude that has led to their longevity. During their 21-year run in the spotlight, the band has garnered a generation of fans, and now their children. Alongside drummer Daniel Adair hearing their songs at each of his kid’s hockey games (although Kroeger was quick to add in “Wait, isn’t your wife the DJ?”), they recently returned to the spotlight when their piece She holds me up went viral on TikTok.
Whether you agree with Carney or not, their connection to listeners is what got them this far. They regularly sell out gigs around the world. When they put out an open call to appear in a new music video in Vancouver, they saw fans come from as far away as Edmonton. These same fans will defend them against endless criticism and loudly proclaim their love for the band – in an interview with Pitchfork, even indie folk star father John Misty went so far as to say “I want this be recorded. ‘Farmer John Misery: I roll for Nickelback.'”
And with their first new album (Get rollin’) five years from now this week, and the band are currently embarking on their first tour in over three years, they say that’s what it’s all about.
“If we’ve recorded anything that improves your day, your week, your life in any way,” Peake said, “if we’ve brought joy in anyone’s life in any way ‘one, so mission accomplished.”