Nickelback is back at it.
After scrapping most of its 2015 No Fixed Address Tour so frontman Chad Kroeger could undergo surgery on his vocal cords, the Canadian group has returned to the studio to work on a follow-up to the No Fixed Address album.
Kroeger tweeted on Monday, "Good news: we're working on new music. Bad news for us: @kanyewest 'Swish' will be the best album of all time" -- a reference to the rapper's pronouncement about his new album on Monday.
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) January 25, 2016
The group also posted a brief video message to Facebook from guitarist Ryan Peake with the note, "Hope you all have a great new year! Can't wait to fire everything up in 2016 -- Ryan."
Kroeger tells us that he and his bandmates never take for granted the continuing demand for Nickelback's music:
"I mean, you always hope for those things, but you can only make music as long a somebody wants to listen to it. You can only make music and tour music on this scale as long as somebody wants to show up and see you play it and is interested in hearing you after it's been created. So you can sit there and say with the inception of every band, 'Alright, we're gonna be around for 30 years.' The fact of the matter is there's a lot of external factors that play into how long you're gonna be around, and we've just been incredibly lucky."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.