Nickelback’s Bassist Loves Meshuggah + Is Good Friends With Their Drummer Tomas Haake

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One of the metal bands that gets Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger really pumped is technical metal titans Meshuggah.

During a conversation with 106.6 Radio Rock, Mike spoke about his enjoyment of seeing Meshuggah perform live. He also spoke a little about his friendship with Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake.

Mike shares the following regarding a recent Meshuggah show he went to (the following was transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“I saw Meshuggah play at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City [in September 2022]. Before we came to Rome to do press for Nickelback’s new album, ‘Get Rollin’, we had a week vacation in New York. And I was really upset that I was gonna miss Meshuggah when they came to Los Angeles, but luckily I found out while we were in New York, they were playing in New York.

“So through some friends I got into the show. I know Tomas [Haake], the [Meshuggah] drummer. I don’t bother Tomas on show days; it’s too much. Especially in Los Angeles, backstage is, like, three hundred people. New York’s probably just as bad.

“And I just said, ‘Tomas, do a great show. I’ll see you in another…’ When we go to Stockholm is when we hang out, because he has time then. But they absolutely ripped the roof off the Hammerstein Ballroom. I was in the balcony in the seats, and every head was… Everybody was moving in the seats. On the floor, they were, like, killing each other.”

While Nickelback may continue to be a divisive band for some, one thing is for sure… they are quite the metalheads.

Band guitarist Ryan Peake recently shared how he feels metalheads are very “protective” of their genre (he shares these feelings as someone who is a “metal listener”).

Nickelback Guitarist Feels Metalheads Are Very 'Protective' Of Their Genre

Also, did you know that Nickelback would be down to do a metal covers album?

Nickelback Guitarist Says Band Could 'Probably Agree on Doing a Heavy Covers Album: Testament, Slayer, Meshuggah'