Chad Kroeger Says Nickelback Haters Are Hidden Fans
Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger recently joined an interview with the LA Lloyd Podcast and stated that although many people claim to hate them, they still do not skip the band’s shows like their fans.
At the beginning of their career, Nickelback gained prominence in the rock scene by selling millions of copies and became one of the most commercially successful Canadian acts. They began to become memorable with their songs like ‘How You Remind Me’ and ‘Rockstar,’ which managed to become a part of the mainstream for a long time. Over time, they reached a broad audience with these hit tracks and created a solid fanbase.
Even though the band had proved itself in the music scene, its popularity and fanbase declined after a while. Their audience started to make harsh criticisms against them, and this situation reached a level of ‘hatred.’ According to these haters, the band’s music was away from innovation, and it consisted of sexist, abusive, and violent lyrics. This hatred grew to such an extent that the band members encountered some unpleasant moments on the stage, like being thrown rocks by the audience.
During a recent interview, Chad Kroeger discussed the hate comments Pantera received about their reunion by drawing a comparison with his band. According to him, people would do to Pantera what they did to them and go their show no matter how much they expressed their hate. The singer pointed out that people harshly criticized Nickelback and channeled their hatred constantly but never missed any of their concerts.
Chad Kroeger said the following about the Pantera’s reunion:
“Anybody who’s sitting back hating on the idea, I think when it comes to town, they’re going to do the same thing that happens with those people that say they don’t like Nickelback. They always find themselves at the show. Strangely enough, shocker! It’s, like, ‘Ah, I hate those guys. They suck.’ ‘Are you going?’ ‘Of course.'”
Criticism against Pantera started when Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown announced they would make a Pantera reunion and hit the road for a tour in 2023. While the remaining members wanted to realize this reunion as a representation of the band’s legacy, some people criticized them for reuniting under the name of Pantera without Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul.