It turns out that Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger seems to have a bit of beef with fellow rock outfit Stone Sour, and in particular their vocalist, Corey Taylor. In a recent interview with Swedish online music publication Metal Covenant (here), Kroeger had a few things to say about the band and the frontman.
The outlash started shortly after the interviewer raised a question with Kroeger regarding their choice of diversity when writing songs and making a record, to which he at one point says, “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 asks the interviewer to come back and name a band who they would deem as diverse a rock band than Nickelback. When the interviewer comes back at Kroeger with Stone Sour as their answer, he said the following about Taylor and both of his bands, Stone Sour and Slipknot.
“Yeah, ’cause they’re trying to be Nickelback. Corey Taylor has said some really nasty things about me before in the press, and he talks about how easy it is to write a hit song. Well, show me. Show me. Write one. I’m yet to hear one. They’re okay. 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 onstage, 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 favourite music comes with a gimmick. Like, and, he got tired of sitting behind the mask. He wanted people to know what he looks like, so he started Stone Sour.”
You can refer to the video interview and this discussions below, specifically from the point of 8 minutes and 15 seconds in and onwards.
A few days later, in an interview with Arizona based rock radio station 98KUPD, Taylor was asked by the station hosts how he felt and how he responds to Kroeger‘s outlash.
In the interview, specifically regarding his comments towards his other band Slipknot who wear masks and boiler suits, Taylor says that the Nickelback frontman has a “face like a foot” and later added, “You can run your mouth all you want. All I know is I’ve been voted ‘Sexiest Dude In Rock’ wearing a mask. You’ve been voted ‘Ugliest Dude In Rock’, twice, without one. Stick that up your ass.”
When discussing Nickelback and how he feels about the band, Taylor was far more positive, stating “I love Mike [Nickelback bassist and Chad’s brother], I love… everybody else in that band I’m very, very cool with. I’ve hung out with them.” before later adding, “I can’t even say anything about the band, Nickelback, because none of ’em have an issue with us. It’s him. So, dude, curl up in bed with your Hello Kitty pillow, and shut up.”
You can watch the full interview that Taylor had with 98KUPD below:
Nickelback‘s ninth full-length album, ‘Feed The Machine’, is out now through BMG.
Stone Sour are set to release their sixth album, ‘Hydrograd’, on June 30th 2017 via Roadrunner Records.