In a new interview with Loudwire, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger recalled the band’s early success following the supermassive Silver Side Up, the album that spawned the single that made the Canadians’ career, “How You Remind Me.” Some of the dates Nickelback played in support of the album were with opener Sevendust, who Kroeger remembers as a top-notch live band.
“After the success of Silver Side Up, there were a few dates where Sevendust opened for us. I don’t care how many records you’ve sold or how many awards you’ve won or what you’ve done around the world… you don’t ever, ever, ever want to go on after Sevendust, because they will kick your ass and wipe you all over that stage.
“They are a force to be reckoned with and it is goosebump-worthy.”
Kroeger also shared his feelings about releasing the album on September 11, 2001. Nickelback were scheduled to celebrate the release of Silver Side Up by opening for 3 Doors Down, a commitment the band kept.
“It was such a weird, eerie feeling, and we had to go up first. I’m the first one to speak into the microphone. So I walked up there and I said, ‘Thank you for all coming tonight. I know we’re all feeling a lot right now and we’re all having a hard time processing this, but in one of the darkest moments in American history, please just let us be a form of distraction so you don’t have to think about what’s going on and let’s really just try to enjoy the show.’
“And everybody just kind of [exhaled]. But that only goes on for so long. As soon as the show is over, you’ve gotta get back to reality.”
Earlier this month, Nickelback shocked the world by teasing us with three seconds of metalcore that turned out to be three minutes of butt rock.
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