Nickelback's Mike Kroeger Is a Huge Literature Nerd
"Let me start by saying, I've read all the works of William Shakespeare"
Published Aug 03, 2021Turns out there's more than meets the eye when it comes to Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger.
In a recent interview with Book Brilliant, the bassist for everybody's favourite Canadian rock band talked about his love of classic literature and his intense reading habits. He says he's read everything by William Shakespeare, and he apparently revisits Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea "every few years."
The very first quote of the interview is, "Let me start by saying, I've read all the works of William Shakespeare with the exception of what I hear is the darkest one, Titus Andronicus. I still have to read it, it's been 30 years, I should get this done." It's a good one, Mike, you should give it a try!
Kroger also says "you should read everything you can by Chuck Klosterman" — the journalist who wrote a 2012 essay on the polarizing power of Nickelback and Creed — and the more obscure works of C.S. Lewis.
It's a wide-ranging interview, with Kroeger going on to discuss his search for faith, his love of martial arts, and his favourite Oscar Wilde quotes.
The only thing that isn't touched on is whether Kroeger's literary interest has any influence on the band. It might just be time for a Shakespeare-inspired thematic re-evaluation of "Rockstar."
Read the literary interview here. Thanks to Josiah Hughes for the tip.