Here and now
NICKELBACK have had several Top 40 hits over the years, and although today’s pop scene is dominated by dance music, the band doesn’t plan to shift gears to attain radio success.
‘‘ We don’t look at what all the popular artists are doing,’’ lead singer Chad Kroeger says. ‘‘ We’re not chasing Lady Gaga or Katy Perry or any of those guys.
‘‘ They’re doing fabulous doing what they’re doing, and we’re just doing what we do, and that’s it.
‘‘ Obviously, there isn’t a person in the world that would say, ‘ You know Nickelback is so trendy’.
‘‘ And we’re not. We don’t care. We really just don’t care.’’
The Canada- based act, which includes Kroeger’s brother, Mike, on bass, guitarist Ryan Peake and drummer Daniel Adair ( all pictured) were named group of the decade by Billboard magazine and their 2001 breakthrough hit How You Remind Me was the decade’s top rock song.
Their best- selling album is 2005’ s All the Right Reasons, which has sold eight million copies in the US.
Peake pokes fun at the state of contemporary pop music these days: ‘‘ Unless some famous DJ wants to make a huge, Euro- pop smash remix of our song! Call our label.’’
Nickelback’s seventh release, Here and Now, recently debuted at number two on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart.
Chad Kroeger says the key to their success or any band’s success is the love among the group’s members.
‘‘ Look around at your band members and make sure that you really like those people,’’ he says.
‘‘ We can all name a thousand bands, amazing bands, that haven’t stood the test of time because they couldn’t get along.’’
Though happy with his band’s career, Kroeger has one regret.
‘‘ When I see the video for How You Remind Me, I just want to go back and beat myself up,’’ the 37- yearold says.
‘‘ My hair was like super long and I had this big goatee and I shot that video when I was super young, but I looked like I was like 40 years old in the video . . .
‘‘ I really wish I could go back and snip it – give it a little trim.’’