This is our new feature B-Side Bios, a quick introduction to some of the maybe unknown facts about musicians. Last week’s inaugural episode went real well. Like, the boys didn’t boo me well, so here goes part two of our now-recurring feature, B-Side Bios. I’m going from one of the most beloved musicians of all time Freddie Mercury, to one of the most despised in an effort to humanize Nickelback's Chad Kroeger.
Chad was born in Alberta, Canada, November 15, 1974 as Chad Robert Turton. With his dad leaving the picture at an early age, he quickly adopted his mother’s maiden name of Kroeger.
Learning to play guitar at age 13, he fancies himself a pretty talented guitarist, claiming, “I'll sit down and have a go with any shredder. I learned by jamming along with Metallica, Megadeth and Testament, and you cannot play along with those bands without a good right hand."
While learning to shred, he also kept himself busy by being a little asshole. At 14 years old, he landed himself in juvie for repeatedly breaking into his junior high school to steal money, and continued adding to his rap sheet with truancy, trespassing and the theft of a small truck. Later in life, he added a DUI and heroin possession to the running list of arrests.
In 2008, he also chatted with Playboy Magazine about the stupidest thing he ever did for a case of beer, saying "I put my own dick in my mouth. I was 14 and much more flexible at the time. It was soft and required a lot of pulling. I really wanted that case of beer." So that’s fun.
Nickelback would record it’s first demo in 1996 for only $4000, funded by Kroeger’s step-dad. The band spent half the money to record the EP, and spent the other half on magic mushrooms. Later that year, they then went on to record their first full-length album and have now released a total of 9 albums, selling more than 50 million copies worldwide.
Despite now being 43, Chad once said, "I will die on my 40th birthday. I dreamed it - I'll be onstage and have a heart attack, and the crowd will think it's part of the show. It's been foretold."
So, there we have it folks, Chad Kroeger is a weird dude, who also happens to be wrong about a lot of things. He’s lived an odd live, coming from a small Canadian farming community, making it big, marrying another talentless Canadian, Avril Lavigne… see how I didn’t bring that up earlier? It’s basically one of the only things most people know about him. But Chad has somehow managed success and I look forward to his next death prediction, or the next time he regails us with stories of sucking his own dick.
Did ya learn something?
Once again, as a fun Pull the Plug added bonus, we’re going to be sharing an acoustic track honouring each featured artist in a PTP Spotify playlist. Today’s song is an acoustic cover of How You Remind Me and it’s actually pretty good.