Nickelback: Chad Kroeger Eyes Spring Start For Next Album

Chad Kroeger is starting to get the itch to work on the next Nickelback album, but he says he may face a "strike" from his bandmates.

Nickelback: Chad Kroeger Eyes Spring Start For Next Album
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Chad Kroeger is starting to get the itch to work on the next Nickelback album, but he says he may face a "strike" from his bandmates. "You don't want to bring that up around the band members, I can tell you that," Kroeger tells Billboard.com with a laugh. "Everyone's at a really comfortable stage in their lives with their relationships and...kids. They're just enjoying life, y'know? Instead of always being on the road or in the studio or shooting videos, it's nice to just kick back and be able to go Trick-or-Treating with your kids. So they're going to want me to focus my creative juices in a different direction, I'm sure." Nevertheless, Kroeger predicts a likely spring start for the follow-up to 2008's "Dark Horse," which sold 2.91 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. He has "about four tunes" that could be ready to go if the quartet hit the studio tomorrow, but Kroeger says it's too early to discern a direction from any of them. "The rockers tend to come while we're in the studio. Just noodling around, you wind up with rock riffs," he explains. "It's the other ones that are harder to craft, the ones you sort of pine over a little bit more...We've got so many of the 'How You Remind Mes,' the 'Somedays,' the 'Far Aways.' We've got a couple of the 'Photograph'-type things and a few of the 'Rockstar' and 'This Afternoons.' The record company always wants to push the more accessible material, but it's always a concern [whether] we have enough rockers in the set when we play live. You've got to save room for the 'Burn It to the Grounds' and that kind of stuff." Kroeger expects to start writing in earnest around February and says he'd like to work with "Dark Horse" co-producer Mutt Lange again, but most likely "only in a writing capacity." Kroeger has been traveling to Nashville as well for songwriting sessions and is featured with Zakk Wylde and Ludacris on "Porn Star Dancing" by My Darkest Days, a Toronto band that's signed to his 604 Records imprint. He's also banging the drum for Gibson USA's Blackwater Les Paul, a new guitar he designed that features a unique pickup system that he says "has everything I need there in one guitar. When I've got clean parts in the song I've got this ghost Piezo pickup that makes it sound exactly like an acoustic guitar, and then when we get into the dirty, distorted parts, that's there, too. It's pretty exciting." Kroeger even has his eyes on his next model, a seven-string similar to the Gibson Explorer he plays on "Burn It To The Ground." Read more at Billboard.com.

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    Shayne777
    Radiation23 wrote: everybody is a great musician when talking on internet...but show me that you guys sold thousands of albums and arenas...nickelback is a good band and thats all!
    I can show you an arena Full of people throwing shit at nickleback
    GreekRockr9
    "The Chad Kroeger Signature Model 7-string Gibson Explorer" Why do I think that won't do well? And I like his description of the Les Paul. "It's got everything Nickelback needs. A clean channel AND a distorted channel!"
    MyUserName777
    "We've got so many of the 'How You Remind Mes,' the 'Somedays,' the 'Far Aways.' We've got a couple of the 'Photograph'-type things and a few of the 'Rockstar' and 'This Afternoons.' The record company always wants to push the more accessible material, but it's always a concern [whether] we have enough rockers in the set when we play live. You've got to save room for the 'Burn It to the Grounds' and that kind of stuff." At least he knows he making the same songs on each album... It's the stupid masses that actually buy into it
    Hodgey69
    ReaperWaits wrote: Love him or hate him, the guy's still sold about 23 Million records. Successful Musician > Haters
    This.
    demolition356
    Shayne777 wrote: Radiation23 wrote: everybody is a great musician when talking on internet...but show me that you guys sold thousands of albums and arenas...nickelback is a good band and thats all! I can show you an arena Full of people throwing shit at nickleback
    Sad part is,that he's speaking the truth XD
    Mainer
    Nickelback is amazing, I agree with Smokinjoerules1, Long Road is their best album. But I love Silver Side Up. So far Dark Horse has been their worst album. Can't wait for a new NB album though
    Smokinjoerules1
    I really cant see any difference between silver side up and the albums since then, they all have more or less the same sound, just with different songs, same with AC/DC, that doesnt mean the band cant produce another even more awesome sounding album. I think ther more 'metal influenced' tracks are better tbh, things like 'side of a bullet', because of you and believe it or not are classics. I think The Long Road was their best album really, but the others wer still very good, i actually didnt really like silver side up, i only liked the material of the last 3 albums
    ReaperWaits
    Love him or hate him, the guy's still sold about 23 Million records. Successful Musician > Haters
    Iliekgitaz
    I know a lot of people hate nickelback, but I think if Nickelback went back to their silver side up roots, people would complain less about them.
    snaaake
    dustin3745 wrote: Galvatron wrote: Modern rock is dead. fixed
    Manufactured cookie-cutter radio-friendly rock is dead. I won't miss it.
    BurntGerbil
    From the Gibson website: "A Do-It-All Les Paul from the Most Versatile Artist in Rock -The Chad Kroeger "Blackwater" Les Paul" I'll let you do what you will with that quote... Artist preferences aside, I wouldn't mind trying one of those out. The ghost pickup seems like it could be a pretty cool idea. I applied for a job with the Gibson factory here in Nashville, so hopefully I'll have plenty of access to the neato little custom models and stuff in the near future!
    travislausch
    GreekRockr9 wrote: "The Chad Kroeger Signature Model 7-string Gibson Explorer" Why do I think that won't do well?
    I dunno. The only thing keeping me from appreciating Gibson lately has been their lack of extended range guitars. Now that they finally have a 7-string Explorer, I'm giving them a bit more consideration. But I still don't want to drop a lot of money on something with Chad's name on it. And I'm someone who would probably buy a PRS Mike Mushok model, despite hating just about everything Staind has ever recorded. Chad Kroeger is the only exception I make to my normally open-minded ways.
    Jasonbts
    If you made up your ind a long time ago that Nickelback was a sell-out band or something like that, why are you reading this article in the first place. Let the fans have their band and you stick with yours.
    Radiation23
    everybody is a great musician when talking on internet...but show me that you guys sold thousands of albums and arenas...nickelback is a good band and thats all!
    leg end
    Well, everyone says Nickelback's songs sound the same, Kroeger says that in the 2nd italic paragraph. At least he realises he's writing similar songs all the time. He did comment on "more accessible music" which is basically saying that they are sell outs. I like Nickelback too. But a sell out admitting they are sell outs, well it's not gunna go down well
    GenerationKILL
    Oh boy, I can't wait for more "teeth rock" from theory of a Nickleback! Im sure everyone else here in Vancouver is just as excited! Even the radio station that made them famous in the first place now laughs at them!
    Galvatron
    Funny thing is that My darkest days band is on his label. They lyrics are total nickelback/buckcherry/theory of a dead man interchangable lyrics. It sounds like one guy writes the songs for all these bands. Modern rock is hurting.
    AcdcTXfan
    Shayne777 wrote: Radiation23 wrote: everybody is a great musician when talking on internet...but show me that you guys sold thousands of albums and arenas...nickelback is a good band and thats all! I can show you an arena Full of people throwing shit at nickleback
    You can say what you want about Nickelback but they're one the most successful bands out there. A) They weren't around in the 70's when everybody used to buy records all the time. They've sold 23 million in a time where most people steal music now-a-days. That's pretty damn impressive. B) They're one of the only modern rock bands that can even sell out an arena in the United States. Most bands doing that are classic rockers (AC/DC, Journey, Van Halen, etc). There's only a select few modern bands that can do that, and Nickelback is one of them. Go Nickelback! I hope their new album kicks ass.