Formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada, Nickelback are one of the most successful Canadian bands of all time, having sold in excess of 30 million records worldwide. Brothers Chad and Mike Kroeger form the nucleus of the band, whilst their cousin Brandon was formerly one of several drummers since their formation. They released an EP and an album on their own label in 1996, and toured Canada and North America intensively for around a year. The band's popularity grew quickly, and they were rewarded with a contract with EMI Canada, and Roadrunner Records in the USA. Their 2000 debut sold encouragingly well, reaching number 130 on the Billboard 200, and spawning two Top 10 USA Mainstream Rock chart hits. However, it was with their 2001 LP Silver Side Up, that they truly broke into the mainstream. How You Remind Me became one of the year's biggest singles, topping the charts in multiple countries, including the USA. The album has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. 2003’s The Long Road sold well, although it appeared as though they would struggle to match the success of its predecessor. However, All The Right Reasons totally disproved this by outselling Silver Side Up by a comfortable margin. The secret to their success appears to be in producing uncomplicated rock music, which is both melodic and accessible, but also loud and gutsy. Kroeger enjoyed success as a solo artist in 2002, when he recorded the hit single Hero, the theme song for the applauded Spider-Man movie.
Followers: Theory Of A Deadman, Daughtry, Trapt, Saving Abel
Influenced By: Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana...