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NIckelback at DTE, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Nickelback takes it on the chin quite a bit, whether it’s petition drives to keep it from playing at football game halftimes or, most recently, from fellow rocker Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour.

Despite all that, however, the Canadian group is still alive. And thriving.

The quartet released its ninth studio album, “Feed The Machine,” earlier this month, adding to a formidable catalog that’s sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and boasts the most successful song of the 00s in “How You Remind Me.” “Feed The Machine” also finds the band returning from frontman Chad Kroeger’s throat surgery which sidelined the group during 2015 -- and has it now making up for lost time, with a vengeance...

• Like Nickelback’s other albums, “Feed The Machine” is rooted in hard and heavy rock but also features ballads and mines a few different influences than its predecessors. “As a writer that’s definitely fulfilling,” Kroeger, 42, says by phone. “I would hate to be in a metal band where the only thing that you get to do is just metal and screaming, although that’s fun to do sometimes. And I’d also hate to be in a band where the only thing you get to do is ballads; That would get very tedious, but it’s nice to touch on once in awhile. You don’t want everything to be coming at you full tilt. So it’s nice when we create these songs and these different moods and the albums and our shows can ebb and flow with all these different emotions.”

• It’s been 21 years since Nickelback’s first album, and since then the group has released another eight, six of which have sold platinum or better. With heavy touring Nickelback has done a lot of work in a relatively short amount of time, which Kroeger says is something of a blur. “When I’m trying to remember entire world tours and things like that, it’s a little fuzzy,” he says with a laugh. “There have to be a couple of moments that are standouts, but when I think back there are so many shows and the insanity that was going on in my life at that time comes back to me. It’s been a whirlwind. It’s been a roller coaster ride. But it’s been amazing. We just want to make sure that we can continue that ride for as long as we possibly can, ‘cause this is a good gig. The loner I get to do this the more I realize that the starts truly do have to align in order for this to happen the way it’s happened to us.”

• Kroeger affirms that when he put Nickelback together during the early 90s he wanted to create something that was built to last. “You always hope for those things,” he explains, “but you can only make music and tour music on this scale as long as somebody wants to listen to it and show up to see you play and is interested in hearing you after it’s been created. So you can sit there and say with the inception of every band, ‘Alright, we’re gonna be around for 30 years,’ but the fact of the matter is there’s a lot of external factors that play into how long you’re gonna be around, and we’ve just been incredibly lucky.”

If You Go:

• Nickelback, Daughtry and Shaman’s Harvest

• 6 p.m. Saturday, June 24.

• DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township.

• Tickets are $40-$125 pavilion, $25 lawn with a $75 lawn four-pack.

• Call 248-377-0100 or visit palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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