Nickelback's Chad Kroeger Says Song 'Edge of a Revolution' Was Inspired by Ferguson

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Michael Muller

Nickelback frontman says Chad Kroeger says the band's No Fixed Address lead single, "Edge of a Revolution," was inspired by the protests in Ferguson, Mo. following a police killing of an the unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August. 

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Though a number of artists -- from The Game to Hurray for the Riff Raff -- have stepped up and expressed themselves with tributes and protest songs relating to the incident, this would make Nickelback the first mainstream, chart-topping rock band to get involved in this way. 

Frontman Chad Kroeger told Yahoo! Music in an interview earlier this month that has gained attention recently, "The state of affairs in the world these days is so dismal. And I think that’s where the song definitely came from. While we were working, the [shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.] was a major story and there was rioting like crazy. So it definitely felt like the seeds of revolution were being planted.”

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However, Kroeger's timeline might be confused. While he says the band was working on this "Edge of a Revolution" during the Ferguson protests, he had already announced the song (then just called "Revolution") nearly a month before Brown's shooting on Aug. 9. At that time he cited other worthy examples of unrest, including Wall Street "fat cats" and the unrest in Ukraine. The song was released Aug. 18

No Fixed Address is the band's eighth studio album and was released this week, coincidentally coinciding with Missouri's governor declaring a state of emergency Monday ahead of a grand jury's decision whether it should indict the police officer charged in Brown's killing. 


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