Nickelback's Chad Kroeger reveals the 10 guitarists who shaped his sound – and they're heavier than you might expect

Chad Kroeger
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When Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger sang the line “I want a new tour bus full of old guitars” on 2006 hit single Rockstar, he managed to epitomize what every guitar player around the world dreams about at night in 10 simple words.

In his case, the aspirations he had as a young musician became a reality and he’s now been filling the world’s biggest arenas for the last two decades. 

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).