If you happen to’ve ever lamented that no person appears to pronounce your identify appropriately, you possibly can relaxation simple realizing that the lead singer of Nickelback understands your frustration. Seems, we’ve all been announcing Chad Kroeger’s final identify mistaken this complete time, he just lately advised Loudwire.
In actual fact, Kroeger is not homophonous with the mega-grocery retailer chain; as an alternative, it’s pronounced with an extended U sound, like the long-lasting horror villain Freddy Krueger in The Nightmare on Elm Road franchise: “It’s Kroo-ger, don’t belief the web,” the musician mentioned.
Ever the gentleman, Kroeger hasn’t bothered to appropriate interviewers or hosts in all of Nickelback’s 25-plus-year historical past. Provided that he’s often requested a query proper after he’s launched, he doesn’t need to come off impolite: “If I simply cease and go, ‘Truly, it’s Kroo-ger,’ I’m gonna appear to be such a dick. So I’m similar to no matter, I don’t care.”
However Kroeger has had some pals again him up regardless of his hesitance. He recalled a 2004 interview alongside Jerry Cantrell, throughout which the Alice in Chains guitarist abruptly corrected the interviewer’s pronunciation.
“I kind of regarded over at Jerry, and he goes, ‘It’s your identify, dude. That’s your final identify. Inform that dude throughout there easy methods to say it correctly in order that he stops saying it mistaken into that microphone and misinforming folks. That’s your final identify, brother,’” Kroeger mentioned. “And I used to be like, ‘Wow you actually care about this shit!’”
Alas, Cantrell might solely achieve this a lot — practically 20 years since then, we’re all nonetheless saying Kroger. Watch Krueger clarify proper initially of the clip under.
Earlier this month, Nickelback introduced their tenth studio album Get Rollin’ — their first in 5 years — with the lead single “San Quentin.”