The new Nickelback documentary, Hate To Love: Nickelback, just made its official premiere at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). The film explores the band’s early days, their rise to stardom, as well as examines the constant hate that has surrounded them throughout their career.
While it seems nowadays that society has eased up on its Nickelback shit-talk, it used to be pretty common that you’d hear people constantly call Nickelback the worst band of all time.
So much hate can be a lot for one’s mental health, and with the release of this movie, Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger plans on putting that negativity behind him for good. In a new interview with People, Kroeger talks about how tired he is of constantly being asked about the more infamous parts of the band’s past. According to the singer, he’s “over it.”
Talking about how this new documentary helps the band, in context to the infamous hate they’ve received, Nickelback guitarist Ryan Peake says, “We get to take the narrative. We get to actually tell our version—it’s like you turn the cheek for as much as you can, and then at some point, it’s like, here’s our take on it.”
Kroeger was initially hesitant to open up about the matter in the film. When asked about his reluctance to talk about the subject, Kroeger responds with the following:
“If somebody stuck that thing in your face every single day and said, ‘The whole world hates you like this, the whole world hates you. What do you have to say about that? Every single day. Every day. Would there be reluctance on your behalf to talk about it? Would you get pissed off? Would you be over it after a while?”
He adds, “I’m over it.”
Kroeger then goes on to share that, from this day forward, if any journalist asks him about the negativity surrounding the band, he’ll shut down the interview:
“We made a documentary, everybody can watch it. And now from this day forward, if anybody asks that question in the press, it’s like that’s the end of the interview. So if you want to end an interview, that’s all you have to say and that will be it.”
At the time of this writing, the new Nickelback documentary doesn’t have an official release date. Below you can watch the trailer associated with the film’s TIFF release.