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Chad Kroeger Biography

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Chad Robert Turton (born November 15, 1974, in Hanna, Alberta, Canada), better known as Chad Kroeger), is a Canadian singer and guitarist for the rock group, Nickelback.

Canada' Nickelback started life as a cover band in Hanna, 215 kilometers northeast of Calgary. Eventually, they got tired of playing other people's songs, and singer/guitarist Chad Kroeger put together a collection of original songs, borrowed money from his stepfather, and went to Vancouver to record the band in a friend's studio. Based on the results, Kroeger's bassist brother, Mike, and pal guitarist Ryan Peake all relocated to Vancouver in 1996; that same year, they recorded and released the EP Hesher and full-length Curb independently, then embarked on a series of cross-country tours.

In late 1998, the bandmembers started managing themselves, with Chad handling all the radio tracking, brother Mike Kroeger the distribution, and Ryan Peake all the bookings. A second LP, The State, was released independently in January 2000 during a period when Canadian content requirements were increased and local rock radio began desperately seeking out homegrown product. What they found was Nickelback's single "Leader of Men." The band toured ceaselessly for The State and 200 shows later, Nickelback had gone from virtual unknowns to playing in front of over a million people alongside the likes of Creed, 3 Doors Down, Fuel, and more. The band's post-grunge commercial appeal wasn't lost on the record industry, and The State was snapped up by Roadrunner in the U.S. and EMI in Canada. It eventually sold an impressive 500,000 copies.

Chad loves video games, and Role Playing Games. His favorite is Fable for the Xbox, as he stated in an interview with Electric Playground. Also “The Turt” bears a remarkable resemblance to the Paddle Pop Lion.

Eventually the covers band split up, before Kroeger convinced his brother, their cousin Brandon Kroeger (drums), and Ryan Peake to enter a Vancouver studio and record a number of songs that he'd written. He formed Nickelback in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta and became singer and lead guitarist of Nickelback with his brother Mike Kroeger (bass), Ryan Peake (rythm guitar) and Ryan Vikedal (drums).

Chad Kroeger, along with Saliva vocalist Josey Scott, performed the theme song titled "Hero" (US Hot 100: #3; US Mainstream Rock: #1 [2 wks]; US Modern Rock: #1 [3 wks]) for the blockbuster smash hit movie Spider-Man in 2002.

Kroeger was arrested in Surrey, British Columbia on June 22, 2006 after RCMP stopped a car when officers became suspicious of the way it was being driven. He was charged for drinking-and-driving on September 22, 2006 [1].
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