Interview with Nickelback's Mike Kroeger
Mike, this is Erick from Steal the Spotlight Online Magazine, how are you doing
Mike Kroeger: Very well thank you!
have to ask, how many of these have
you done today?
Mike: consulting with
my publicist you are #8 and final for today…
STS: Okay to the new
album, it dropped in stores worldwide November 17. Can you say a few words
about the release?
Mike: No Fixed Address was recorded
all around the
world at numerous locations, Canada, California, Hawaii, Europe…we came up with
a very mixed album of different styles and it feels different because we were
in all those places.
STS: I have heard or
own all of the previous 7 albums, what makes the “No Fixed Address” album different
from those albums.
Mike: see above
STS: You have released
several tracks off the album, including “rock” and “pop” singles. How do you
pick the singles that you release?
Mike: over the years
we have developed an intimate awareness of what radio is looking for. We put
our own songs through that filter, consult
with our advisers, then consult with the label…if everyone agrees we go ahead.
STS: The next set of
singles are said to be a trio of singles, which means a different single in
different parts of the globe. Why did you decide to release them that way?
Mike: That decision
was based solely on those needs. Especially the international markets, and the
radio climate in each of those markets.
They were asking for different songs than in the U.S.…Australia felt one
single, then Europe felt another track, US and Canada had different
thoughts. It was more relying on our
trusted advisers and determining the needs of each territory.
STS: The album offers
up 11 tracks that span a little over 43 minutes. How many tracks were actually
written and recorded for the album before getting trimmed down to the 11.
Mike: As with every album
we do, and have done, we don’t have a lot of bonus tracks sitting around. We
only record what we want. If there is anything we want that does not
make the cut we will stop recording come back to it later. We honestly record
what we are going to use
and nothing else. We do not have 100
tracks sitting in the vault.
STS: It seems like you
either love Nickelback or hate Nickelback, do you have a response to those
people that say you just write songs to put on the radio?
Mike: My response to
that question would be that we do write
songs for the radio. We also write songs for our fans, and we right stylistically
– songs that don’t fit into the paradigm of Nickelback. We try different
styles that do or do not
work…we don’t just write songs for the radio.
We do know how to write songs
for the radio. You don’t get songs on the radio by dumb luck anymore
STS: You guys are
getting ready to embark on a massive tour of North America, Australia, and
Europe. If my count was right that is 100 days of being on stage this year. Is
Mike: That number is a
little bit low, we will have well over 100 dates by the time we get through
Russia and Eastern Europe.
STS: I’ve seen a
couple Nickelback shows over the years and the amount of pyrotechnics that goes
on during the show is insane. What made you guys add that to a show?
Mike: You know we
added pyro to the show a long, long time ago because we really wanted it
bigger. We interviewed a guy for the job
a long, long time ago, he had done pyro for Pantera, and we are huge Pantera
fans…we liked him so much he became a member of our family. For this tour
we decided not to do pyro. It’s more a function of there not being room
for pyro. The show is so large now the pyro
would not be effective and would actually take away from the show so we left at
STS: Will there any
fun antics that you have planned for this tour or do they just seem to pop up
from night to night depending on how your brother feels?
Mike: Actually there
will be fun antics depending on how Chad feels – we are coming up with mini
events throughout the tour that will involve the audience.
STS: What is it like being on tour with your brother all
Mike: it’s great! We are brothers,
we get along great
STS: Have to ask,
spaghetti o’s, with or without meatballs?
Mike: Being that I
have been a vegetarian for 2 years…I gotta say without, although there is
probably not a lot of meat in their meatballs!
STS: What’s a normal
meal while on tour?
Mike: It’s not what I
eat but what I don’t eat...I don’t eat any meat or fish or animal bodies of any
kind. I avoid the beige diet, no white
processed carbs. I eat a lot of plants…I
do have a weakness for dairy. Cheese is
STS: Is there anything else that you would love to tell
the fans and the
Mike: Come on out to the
show…you just might meet somebody!
STS: The last question, if you were able share the stage
with anyone (passed
on or still kicking) who would it be and why?
Mike: Not because of
the obvious talent and artistic greatness…I would like to share the stage with Kurt
Cobain because he was so unpredictable …you would see he would throw himself
into a drum kit, or off the stage…someone who was talented and unpredictable. But
I would not want to live there.