Joining the list of popular artists, like Audioslave, Cold, and Fall Out Boy to participate in Houston's BuzzFest XVI on October 22, 2005, Nickelback unquestionably has established a solid status in U.S. as their fifth studio-album, “All the Right Reasons,” instantly topped Billboard Top 200 Album Chart several days after its release on October 4. Honored plaques for brilliant achievement they had scored throughout their career in the same month, this post grunge rock band has gloriously embarked on a mini tour held in just one day around 4 cities in Canada to meet fans while also conduct media interviews. One of the performers at the new Nokia Theater in Times Square of New York City held in September 2005, the quartet certainly possesses the potentiality to be one the most substantial Canadian artists in the world.
Originally a cover band hailed from Hanna, a small town located in Alberta, Canada, Nickelback was formed in 1995 by lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Chad Robert Kroeger (born on November 15, 1974) and his brother, bassist Michael Kroeger (born on June 25, 1972). Inspired to name the group based on Mike's experience as a cashier in Starbucks where he frequently gave the nickel in change to customers' payment, Kroeger brothers shortly were joined by their cousin, Brandon Kroeger, as the drummer and an old friend named Ryan Peake (born on March 1, 1973) as the guitarist/backing vocalist. As these four talented guys came up with a concept to perform their own songs, they concluded to head for Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1996 to record their compositions in a friend's studio. The result was an EP entitled “Hesher” which contained seven songs altogether.
Supported by a series of live gigs and the country's law, Cancon, which states that radio broadcasters must air a certain percentage of content created by a Canadian, the EP began to draw public attention so the band quickly decided to work on their first full-length album. However, during the process to record their material at Turtle Recording Studios in Richmond, British Columbia, Brandon suddenly revealed his intention to leave the band as he wanted to carry out a different career path. Despite this loss, the rest members managed to launch “Curb” independently in September 1996 with the help from the album's producer, Larry Anschell. To their delight, it experienced a heavy radio airplay nationwide; even one of its tracks, “Fly,” was made into a music video to be frequently seen on MuchMusic. This initial success, without doubt, had made the band's status grew increasingly.
Searching for Brandon's replacement, Nickelback appointed Mitch Guindon to fill the empty seat before finally offered the position to Ryan's old friend, Ryan “Nik” Vikedal (born on May 9, 1975) in 1998 upon Mitch's departure. With this new formation, the band set up to create their sophomore effort, this time taking over the management matters, such as the distribution, radio tracking, and bookings. Entitled “The State,” it gloriously was certified Platinum in Canada after its release in January 1999, subsequently led the band to secure a major record deal with Canada's EMI and North America's Roadrunner Records. “The State” afterwards was re-released in America by March 2000, making a breakthrough in the U.S. as it reached Gold status while two of its songs, namely “Breathe” and Leader of Men,” entered the top ten of Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks.
The following year saw the rise of Nickelback to be one of the celebrated bands in U.S. when “Silver Side Up” touched the market in September. Extremely rich in sound and deeply personal in lyrics blended with Chad's distinctive voice, this third album contained 10 intriguing tracks, particularly “How You Remind Me” which soared to be a tremendous hit either in U.S. or Canada. Considered as an anthem of sorts in memory by some people of the American victims on the 9/11 incident, the song topped six Billboard music charts throughout the year 2001, including that of The Billboard 100 in which it fantastically hold the 1st rank for the whole 4 weeks. Eventually labeled Most Played Song of 2002 in U.S., “How You Remind Me” not only boosted “Silver Side Up” to the 2nd position of The Billboard 200, but also helped the album's selling to score more than nine million copies worldwide, going multi-Platinum all around the world.
The attainment of “How You Remind Me” continued in 2002 as it brought Nickelback to collect four Billboard Music Awards of the year, notably in the category of Hot 100 Singles Group/Duo of the Year. Furthermore, the band was granted a nomination at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards held in 2003 for Record of the Year through this mega-hit song. Solidly maintained their career in music, the personnel then went on to record their next work while also took decision to handle production chores all on their own for the first time, completely without any interference from other parties. “It was great that the four of us had to be our own referees and work together to make the record we really wanted to make," said Chad. “There was no one looking over our shoulder and we never felt inhibited.” Precisely seven months after the Grammy event, their fourth album, “The Long Road,” came up on September 23.
Although unable to surpass what its predecessor had achieved, “The Long Road” scored very well as it sold for more than five million copies, directing Nickelback to once again receive the multi-Platinum status. In the meantime, three of its singles entitled “Feelin' Way Too Damn Good”, “Figured You Out”, and “Someday” all were gloriously included in the top three of Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks. To everyone's amazement, the band once more was nominated at the Grammy Awards in two consecutive years: Best Rock Song for “Someday” as well as Best Rock Album in 2004, and Best Hard Rock Performance for “Feelin' Way Too Damn Good” in the 2005 event. Looking upon the great accomplishment they had gained, all the members planned to take a break for a while to enjoy the fruits of their labor before going back to their hectic activities.
Nevertheless, it appeared to the band's personnel that the urge to create new tunes was hard to resist. They therefore quickly ended their vacation and entered Chad's studio to compose some songs. “Once we got in there and started to mess around, we just didn't stop,” Chad recalled. Spending the rest 2004 to work on their new album, Nickelback shockingly announced the withdrawal of Nik from the quartet in early 2005 without any explanation. Later, Nik revealed to an interview that he was forced to quit for the others considered him not being the perfect type of drummer the band looked for. This raised some confusion since the decision came after they had enjoyed success in which Nik actually also made contribution to. Aside from this bemusement, Nickelback ultimately introduced Daniel Adair (born on February 19, 1975) as their new drummer by March.