Canadian rock act Nickelback is putting the finishing touches on its next studio album, which will be released Oct. 4 via Roadrunner. The as-yet-untitled set was produced by the band and recorded at frontman Chad Kroeger’s home studio. It’s the follow-up to 2003’s “The Long Road,” which has sold more than 2.7 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Billboard.com recently previewed three tracks from the set, including the single “Photograph” and the tentatively titled “Savin’ Me.” The former is a mid-tempo reflection on days gone by, as Kroeger recalls wasting time in “the old arcade” and his first kiss (“She’s had a couple of kids since then / I haven’t seen her since God knows when”).
“Savin’ Me” doesn’t stray far from the sound of past singles like “Someday,” but adds acoustic guitar touches and a bit of piano at its conclusion. “Fight for All the Wrong Reasons” is a more electric guitar-driven rocker a la Nickelback’s breakthrough hit, “How You Remind Me.”
The group has begun lining up late summer dates, beginning Aug. 25 in Las Vegas. A Sept. 10 appearance at NASCAR’s Chevy Rock’n’Roll 500 in Richmond, Va., is also on tap. A more extensive tour is in the works for later in the fall.
In related news, Kroeger’s 604 Records imprint has inked Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee for the Canadian release of the artist’s upcoming solo album, “Tommyland: The Ride.” The disc is due Aug. 9 and features a guest appearance by Kroeger.