Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger Calls Slipknot a ‘Gimmick’

While praising Nickelback’s diverse talent, Chad Kroeger took the time to slam Corey Taylor, Slipknot, and Stone Sour.

Not known for mincing words, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger had less-than-kind words for Slipknot’s lead singer, Corey Taylor, and referred to Stone Sour as a less-than-perfect copy of Nickelback.  He also trashed Slipknot, calling the group a “gimmick.”

In an interview with Metal Covenant to promote the group’s new album, Chad Kroeger first praised Nickelback’s diverse musical talent.

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.  I mean, you’re sitting across the table.  You know what you’re talking about.

Kroeger then asked the writer to name another band that covers a wider musical spectrum than his group.  After the journalist said that Stone Sour was “very diverse, too,” Chad Kroeger coldly snapped back.

Yeah, because they’re trying to be Nickelback.

Defending his point that Nickelback was musically diverse, as opposed to Stone Sour, Kroeger slammed Taylor.

“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, 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.

Taylor and Kroeger both started their careers at Roadrunner Records.  Kroeger then took aim at Taylor’s group, Slipknot.

Questioning their musical talent, he said,

“They had to put on masks and jump around.  How good can your music be if you’ve got to 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.  Like… and he got tired of sitting behind a mask, he wanted people to know what he looks like, so he started Stone Sour.”

The writer said that Chad Kroeger “had a good point.”

Nickelback released their ninth album, Feed the Machine, last Friday.  Stone Sour will release Hydrograd on June 30.

You can check out the first part of the interview below.

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4 Responses

  1. lilith

    I just threw up in my mouth. Welcome to the douchebag hall of fame Kroeger.

  2. Paul Resnikoff

    I actually like masks on stage. You could also say KISS sucks because of the costumes and face paint. But Gene Simmons applied an entirely different marketing approach and hated generic looking rock bands, plus he was inspired by comic book ‘larger than life’ characters. Even Nickelback dresses a certain way, down to the haircuts; it’s all a crafted presentation.