This Day In Rock. Nickelback
Born in Hanna, Alberta Canada, on November 15, 1974, Kroeger taught himself how to play the guitar at age 13, but got sidetracked a bit the following year when he was briefly sent to a juvenile detention facility for repeatedly breaking into his junior high school to steal money. Upon his eventual release, he finished high school and began touring around in the early '90s as the lead guitarist for a cover band in which he was performing with two of his future Nickelback bandmates: older half-brother Mike Kroeger and friend Ryan Peake. The band ultimately broke up, which is when Kroeger convinced some friends to hit a studio with him to record several songs he'd been writing on the side. Thus laying down the roots of Nickelback, these songs resulted in a seven-song demo and, later, a self-released full-length that received substantial airplay on various Canadian radio stations. Nickelback, which had relocated from Hanna to Vancouver, slowly became stars in their homeland and broke out on U.S. soil with their massive radio hit "How You Remind Me" from 2001. Kroeger was responsible for most of the band's lyrics and, starting with the band's third record, 2001's Silver Side Up, he began writing in a much more direct, less metaphorical manner, hitting personal topics like failed relationships and the pain and anger associated with an absent father.
From that point, Nickelback found unwavering mainstream success, hitting the Top 10 in the U.S., Canada and worldwide.