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Nickelback Rocking For All The Right Reasons

Of the Oakland Press

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Five albums into Nickelback’s recording career, frontman Chad Kroeger says that making group’s latest, “All the Right Reasons,” was a completely different experience.

“We didn’t have the pressure,” says Kroeger, 30, who launched the group in the mid-’90s in Alberta, Canada, with a $4,000 loan from his stepfather. “It wasn’t the runner-up to our fi rst big record; we had that pressure with (2003’s) ‘The Long Road’ for sure and definitely had to prove we weren’t one-hit wonders.

“On this one we really didn’t have that. We had this feeling like we had all the time in the world. So we took seven months to do this record and tried to incorporate a little bit of a vacation with it.”

The relaxed approach certainly suited Nickelback. “All The Right Reasons” has sold more than 3 million copies since its October release and has launched the singles “Photograph,” “Animals” and “Savin’ Me.” It’s been another triumph for the quartet, which has pursued an old- school style of building its audience through radio play and touring.

But it’s not something the band takes for granted.

“I don’t feel like we’re really (established) like that yet,” says bassist Mike Kroeger, 33, Chad’s older brother. “But I’ve had a lot of people tell me they think we are, and that’s a cool place to be.

“You aspire to be that kind of artist that puts out a record and people just want to have it because they have a relationship with the artist and they’re not necessarily worried about the first single and all the trendy stuff. So it’s flattering if that’s the way people really do feel about our band.”

Nickelback, Hoobastank, Three Days Grace and Hinder perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Drive, Detroit. Tickets are $39.50-$49.50. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit

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