Recently, Nickelback front man Chad Kroeger opened up about what life is like on tour. You always here about the glam and fun, so this is a refreshing view on the matter. It also might scare you away from your childhood dream.
Kroeger told Radio Nova “Well, the first thing is that they think it’s easy, and that you can do this, and it’s one big luxury event. And it’s a lot of hard work. I’ve had buddies come out and tour with me for about a week, and they just look at me and go, ‘How do you do it? I couldn’t do this.’ Different hotel room every night, trying to sleep on the bus on bumpy roads. I mean, it’s kind of like camping. You’ve got a nice tour bus, so it’s kind of glamorous camping, but it’s hard traveling all the time in all the airports and all the hotels. It is a lot of work, and you really have to get used to it, and you’ve really gotta love it. Because if you’re homebody and you like being in your own bed every night and seeing your dog or your cat and just having your own favorite food, this is not the job for you.”
He went on to say “I’ve seen a lot of people who’ve tried this job that I knew were gonna struggle with it – bands that I’ve produced, and bands that I’ve signed – and you can always spot that one, that you’re just looking at him, going, ‘You’re not gonna last six months.’ [Laughs] And it’s hard.”
Reminiscing about Nickelback’s first tour, he had said “Our first show [was in] Atlanta. We toured for 14 months on that record, and opened up for absolutely everybody. We played every festival that they would let us on. And there was probably 12 of us on one tour bus. And it was one long 14-month party. [Laughs] I mean, just every single night. The drum tech and the guitar tech were out there… We’d finish up a show and they would be out there getting a ton of people to come back to the tour bus. And it was party, party, party… every single night.”
Looking past all the hatred for his band, he definitely delivers a realistic story of what goes on during touring.