Few bands have appealed to such a wide audience -- and put on as exciting a tour date -- as Canadian rockers, Nickelback. Led by frontman Chad Kroeger, Nickelback was the 11th highest selling band of the 2000s and, to date, have sold over 35 million albums worldwide. While Nickelback has experienced their share of criticism from both audiences and critics, the group continues to button the lips of naysayers with hit records and high-attendance concert dates. Probably best known for their singles "Leader of Men," "Breathe," and "How You Remind Me", Nickelback continues to produce hit records year after year, with fans anxiously anticipating a new as-yet-untitled album. While recording has hampered tour dates in 2011, fans can expect to see quite a bit of Nickelback when recording is finished.
The origins of Nickelback can be traced to brothers Chad, Mike, and Brandon (who was permanently replaced by Daniel Adair in 2005) Kroeger. In 1995, the trio — along with Ryan Peake -- formed a band in Vancouver, taking their name from Chad's task of giving change while working at Starbucks. The next year, Nickelback released their first major label album, The State, which produced three successful singles that took the record to #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The group reached the next plateau of success with their third album, Silver Side Up, in 2001, which took Nickelback from supporting act to headliner on tour dates. The three lead singles, "How You Remind Me," "Too Bad," and "Never Again," all shot to the top of the singles charts. The album went on to sell over ten million copies and was boosted by Chad Kroeger's recording of "Hero" as the theme for the Spider-Man movie.
Nickelback found their success on a roll with the release of The Long Road in 2003. The album debuted at the #6 spot on the Billboard 200 and eventually went double platinum. While their next album, All the Right Reasons, was received negatively by some critics, fans loved the album and it reached #1 on the Billboard 200. The album's five singles -- "Photograph," "Savin' Me," "Rockstar," "If Everyone Cared," and "Far Away" -- all made it to the top twenty spots on the Hot 100 singles. All the Right Reasons sold over 7 million copies and spent over a hundred weeks in the top ten of the Billboard charts. Nickelback's 2008 album, Dark Horse, achieved the similar success that the band had experienced throughout their career. While the lyrical content of the album featured racier, more adult-themed tracks, fans loved it and showed their support through record sales and ticket sales on tour dates.
While fans hoping for upcoming concert dates will have to remain patient, they won't have to wait long for an announcement on the upcoming album's release. When the release of singles from the album finally comes, fans around the world can expect the release of tour dates in 2011 or 2012.
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