Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger did not mince words in a recent interview about Stone Sour and Slipknot.
Kroeger sat down with Metal Covenant when the topic of Nickelback’s musical diversity was brought up, to which Kroeger stated, “I can’t think of another band that’s as diverse as we are. I can’t, and I don’t think that’s me talking from pride or ego.” Kroeger then asked the interviewer to name another band as diverse as Nickelback, and they replied with Stone Sour.
…And that’s when the interview got interesting.
Kroeger replied with the following:
“Yeah, because they’re trying to be Nickelback. Corey Taylor has said some really nasty things about me before in the press. He talks about how easy it is to write a hit song. Well, show me. Show me. Write one. I have yet to hear one. They’re okay, but they’re not as good as Nickelback. They sound like ‘Nickelback Lite.’ We were signed to the same label. They had to put on masks and jump around. How good can your music be if you've gotta beat each other up on stage, throw up in your own masks every night? I mean, music shouldn't come with a gimmick. Music should just be music. None of my favorite music comes with a gimmick. And he got tired of sitting behind a mask — he wanted people to know what he looks like — so he started Stone Sour."
Despite Kroeger being wrong about the Stone Sour/Slipknot timeline (Stone Sour was founded before Slipknot), we pose this question to you: Were Kroeger’s comments warranted or did he cross the line? Vote in the poll below!
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel. (True story.)