In the Here and Now: Nickelback bassist dishes the dirt

Published October 30th, 2012 - 01:11 GMT
Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger.
Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger.

If you thought Eminem and Elton John performing ‘Stan’ at the 2001 Grammy Awards was an unusual musical collaboration, how about Nickelback, the hard rock post-grunge band, touring with teen heartthrob baby faced Justin Bieber?

Speaking to tabloid! while walking the streets of Paris, Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger was quick to say it’s unlikely. “I don’t think we’ll travel with Justin Bieber — our audiences are quite drastically different. He has a really young girl fan base, we have some of that too but we have other fans who I don’t think will dig Justin Bieber and similarly the Bieber fans will not enjoy listening to Nickelback. We’d like to hang out with the guy for sure but we’ve never met.”

However, Kroeger is quite proud of his fellow countryman, “You could say Justin is a big deal right now. He is really doing well and we are happy for him. I think we can all remember when we heard about this little guy coming out and all of a sudden it explodes and now he’s a megastar, probably one of the biggest stars in the world right now. It’s good to see him doing what he does and he’s making all the right moves.”

He also opened up about two other Canadians making headlines: his brother Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and punk-pop starlet Avril Lavigne, who announced their engagement in August this year. “Oh Avril and Chad! You know what? If it makes Chad happy I support it. And he seems very, very, very happy right now, as happy as I’ve ever seen him.”

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