Playboy Magazine has what it is said as "candid conversation" with Nickelback's redneck frontman Chad Kroeger in its April 2008 issue. To the publication, Kroeger opens up about everything from his wild childhood to his time serving as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the rock band which is very popular yet at the same time also being the subject of people's hatred.
Kicked off the interview with Playboy Contributing Editor Rob Tannenbaum with an open revelation about his criminal record and his hard-partying habit, Kroeger also recalled on the stupidest thing he ever did for a case of beer, saying "I put my own d*ck in my mouth. I was 14 and much more flexible at the time. It was soft and required a lot of pulling. I really wanted that case of beer." Being quizzed on thinking it is fun to be bad, the musician said, "I don't know how many times I got kicked out of school. I just thought it was fun to be bad. To a certain degree I still think it's fun to be bad. You should just never do anything that's going to hurt someone else."
Aside from his soft side, Kroeger indeed is a though and persistent guy, being labeled a "walking penis". About this he commented, "You know anything about zodiac signs? I'm a Scorpio. A Scorpio is pretty much a walking penis. Getting that under control is difficult. Also, I was born in 1974, the year of the tiger, which means I'm a shrewd businessman and I pretty much want to take over the world. I'm a walking penis that wants to take over the world. So you can imagine."
Discussing his musical taste, Kroeger claimed, "Everyone gets compared to someone else at the start. People said we were Creed's little brother. I've never been a Creed fan, so I considered that comparison a little insulting, to be honest ... The most uncharacteristic music I listen to is probably ABBA. The songs are unbelievably catchy."
On music critics, Kroeger addressed "If we ever get a positive review in Rolling Stone, that album is in trouble, because those people cannot predict what a large-selling album is. They bashed the f*ck out of Led Zeppelin years ago, and now they call it one of the greatest rock bands of all time. That just makes them look like hypocrites. Who's the most famous music critic who ever lived? They've never made a statue of a critic."
Then being asked if a bad review has ever made him lose sleep, Kroeger explained, "Probably. But if I had lost sleep, do you think I would tell a music critic? I've been bummed out for a day, sure. Like, Wow, this person is taking my band more seriously than I am. If my music is fucking up your life, change the station, dude. At the end of the day, I'm just some guy who sings in a rock-and-roll band. I'm not Hitler."
Read Playboy Magazine's April issue, on newsstand Friday, March 7, for the full candid conversation Kroeger had with the publication.
Photographed by : Waldy Martens.
Courtesy of Playboy.