Nickelback Frontman Recalls Playing Live on 9/11, Names One Band You Don’t Want to Play After

No matter what you may think of Nickelback, they’re one of the most unnecessarily hated bands in the world. After all, the times of everyone acting like a gatekeeper about their favorite genre should be gone. So we can all finally admit that we enjoy their music, no matter what kind of an elitist mindset was propagated in the media for years.

Nickelback - San Quentin (Official Music Video)

But according to Chad Kroeger, the band’s frontman, there’s another band that you should be afraid of. Well, not because of their commercialized music but for going after them on the stage. In a new interview with Loudwire, he recalled the early 2000s and the band that opened for them, saying:

“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.”

SEVENDUST - Full Concert | US Tour 2022 | Live | Sacramento CA 03/12/22

While we’re on the topic of the early 2000s, Nickelback’s album “Silver Side Up” was released on September 11, 2001. To make things more uncomfortable for the band, Nickelback were performing on that day. Opening for 3 Doors Down, Chad Recalled how he had to be the one to address the audience on the day of the tragedy:

“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.'”

Nickelback - How You Remind Me [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

“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.”

“It wasn’t until halfway through the day when someone goes, ‘Oh shit, our record came out today.’ We completely forgot. We were like, ‘Who cares about our record?'”

Photo: Stuart Sevastos (Nickelback @ Perth Arena (17 11 2012) (8261243464))


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