Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger is excited about the upcoming string of Pantera reunion shows, and he noted how the people who criticized Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown’s decision to put the band back together are very similar to people who keep hating on Nickelback.
Chad Kroeger opens up on the haters
Many prominent rock and metal musicians have voiced their opinion on the upcoming Pantera reunion since it was first announced, and most have been largely supportive of the choice of Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde and Anthrax’s Charlie Benante as respective successors to Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul.
Speaking to the LA Lloyd podcast in a new interview, the Nickelback frontman also back the upcoming Pantera shows. Chad had been friends with the late guitar hero and has even collaborated with Dime on a couple of occasions (Dimebag is featured on Nickelback’s 2003 cover of Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” and posthumously on 2005’s “Side of a Bullet”). Even as such, Chad doesn’t see anything sacrilegious about the reunion:
“Well, selfishly, I wanna see those songs performed live. When you listen to a Pantera record and you think to yourself – well, as we thought… since the band broke up – it’s, like, ‘Oh, I’m never gonna get to see these songs live again.’ And it’s heartbreaking. So the fact that the boys are getting called in from here and there… Love Zakk; love Charlie – great, great guys. I think the fact that they’re gonna get on stage and do this… All Phil has to do is just get up there and crush it.”
Kroeger further noted how calling the whole thing a tribute would probably be more adequate:
“I would go see that. I would buy a ticket to go see that show. I want to see it. I want to scream those songs. And I think that calling it more of a tribute is probably closer to what it’s gonna be – which is great; that’s great. People that love that music that want to recreate it live every single night… And like I said, as long as Phil brings it, it’s gonna be great. Just to be able to sit back and watch those guys to do it up… And I think all the Pantera fans are gonna love it.”
In a cheeky final remark, Chad predicted how most Pantera reunion haters are all similar to Nickelback haters as they come to the show anyway:
“Anybody who’s sitting back hating on the idea, I think when it comes to town, they’re gonna do the same thing that happens with those people that say they don’t like Nickelback. They always find themselves at the show. Strangely enough — shocker! It’s, like, ‘Ah, I hate those guys. They suck.’ ‘Are you going?’ ‘Of course’ [Laughs]”