Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger names the band he will never follow on stage

The only one Chad Kroeger from Nickelback joined recently Loudwire nights host Toni Gonzalez to talk about the band’s new album get startedthe trouble Chad got into as a kid, what it felt like to play a concert on 9/11 and more.

Nickelback recently returned with the new song “San Quentin,” which was inspired by Chad meeting the prison warden in California at Guy Fieri’s birthday party, but Kroeger actually spent some of his own childhood behind bars. Kroeger was sent to juvenile hall for repeatedly breaking into his school to steal money.

“I was always coming up with really stupid ideas about crap we could do to get in trouble,” Kroeger says. “My mother divorced my stepfather in the eighth grade. What type of disciplinary action can my mother take from that moment? I was already six feet [tall] in eighth grade. What will she do? Hit me with a wooden spoon? But my other friends [would say], ‘If I go and do what you suggest we do and I get caught, my dad will beat my ass.’ It was they who feared their fathers who kept me away from [more] problems.”

With the 21st anniversary of Nickelback’s breakout album, Silver side up, also came the 21st anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Nickelback was actually on tour supporting 3 doors down that day, and got unceremoniously to address the audience as the opening band.

“It was such a weird, eerie feeling, and we had to go up first. I’m the first one on the mic,” Kroeger recalls. “So I went up there and said, ‘Thank you all for coming tonight. I know we’re all feeling a lot right now and we’re all having a hard time processing this, but in one of the darkest moments in American history, let’s just be some kind of distraction so you don’t have to think about , what’s going on and let’s really just try to enjoy the show.’ And all like [exhaled]. But it only lasts so long. As soon as the show is over, you have to go back to reality.”

The singer adds: “It wasn’t until halfway through the day when someone says, ‘Oh shit, our record came out today’. We completely forgot. We were like, ‘Who cares about our record?’

Kroeger also mentioned a band he never wants to follow on stage because of how good they are live. “Then it was us Disturbedthereafter Sevendust, Kroeger says of an early tour bill that Nickelback was on. “After the success of Silver side up, there were a few dates where Sevendust opened for us. I don’t care how many records you’ve sold or how many awards you’ve won or what you’ve done around the world… you never, ever want to go on after Sevendust because they’ll kick your ass and wipe you all over that phase. They are a force to be reckoned with, and it’s goosebump-worthy.”

Watch the full interview with Chad Kroeger below and listen to his full performance on Loudwire nights on Sept. 22. Nickelback’s new album get started will be available Nov. 18. To pre-order the record, click here.

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