Nickelback: "If you don’t leave a little bit of your sanity behind when you make an album, you haven’t dug deep enough"

(Image credit: Richard Beland)

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the cultural impact of Canadian crunch-pop quartet Nickelback is simply irrefutable. It started out of desperation: frontman Chad Kroeger was working a dead-end job at a Starbucks (where prices ending in ‘.99’ meant he’d often hand customers a nickel back in change – so now you know where that name comes from), and recorded the band’s debut EP on half a $4,000 loan from his stepfather (the other half went, naturally, to his shroom dealer).  

The investment quite obviously paid off, and by the turn of the 21st century, Nickelback were packing stadiums full of radio-rock fans young and old alike in any city that would host them. And in 2005 – defying the odds waged against them by their own team – Nickelback would release one of the most successful albums in rock history with All The Right Reasons. And one glance at the tracklist makes it clear just why: “Photograph”, “Far Away”, “Rockstar”, “Animals”… It’s absolutely jam-packed (pun intended) with setlist staples.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…