Nickelback Singer Chad Kroeger Discusses Possibility of Doing a Solo Album

2019-04-10

Chad Kroeger of Nickelback – Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ken Settle

Would Chad Kroeger take a break from Nickelback to release a solo album? He answers

Nickelback has a knack for writing songs that jet to the top of the rock charts, but would frontman Chad Kroeger ever consider doing what many rock frontmen do: releasing a solo album? Right now, he doesn’t seem to consider it a possibility.

When asked about the possibility of doing a solo album and, specifically, a solo album outside of the rock genre, Kroeger tells Billboard that while he’ll “go wherever the music takes me,” going solo is not something he’s leaning towards doing.

“With everybody jumping ship, I think it would just be so cliché for the guy who’s supposed to be the King of Clichés to go to frigging Nashville and put out a country record,” he said in the interview, adding, “That’s a bit of a cash grab, no? I mean, I write country songs constantly, all the time. Wrote one recently. Just amazing songs. Wrote one with Tyler [Lewis], a Canadian Idol [top 10] — 10 years ago; he was the year before Carly [Rae Jepsen] — called “Fixer Upper” and it’s just so good.”

So, what about the next Nickelback record? Kroeger says it’s coming– but not for a while.

“Now there isn’t this urgency,” he said. “It’s not like you have this amount of time you have to make a record because we’re going to go tour. It’s not [snaps fingers a few times] rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, with pressure from management, booking agents, record company. That’s not there anymore.”

Nickelback’s latest studio album, “Feed the Machine,” dropped in 2017.

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