Chad Kroeger Sticks Up for Fans that Want to Toke at Rock Shows
Chad Kroeger, unlike Bruce Dickinson, doesn’t care if you smoke weed at rock shows. In fact, he loves it!
The topic of smoking at rock shows came up during Kroeger’s recent appearance on Loudwire Nights. The Nickelback frontman said with a laugh regarding smelling weed during a show, “No, I usually say, ‘Blow it this way.'”
He added, “You can see, if I’m walking across the stage and I’ve got the microphone, I turn around and go, ‘Whoa, something smells really good right around here!’ I mean yeah, that’s what rock concerts are supposed to be. You’re supposed to get a little bit of that.”
Kroeger went on to mention weed isn’t even the worst smell at a rock show saying, “We’ve shot off so much pyro, and the chemicals I’ve inhaled from that… Oof. That’s far worse than somebody exhaling a little bit of pot smoke toward me, that’s not a big deal. It’s only gonna make the show better!”
The whole topic of pot at rock shows entered the rock discourse last month after video surfaced of Bruce Dickinson going off on fans smoking weed at an Iron Maiden show. The clip below was shot at a September 21 gig in Anaheim, Calif. Dickinson addresses the crowd, particularly the pit in front of him, saying, “I don’t know what it is. There’s so many f—in people smoking so much f—ing dope down here, I’m amazed you can even see.”
He continues, “Poor old Steve [Harris]. I don’t know if you know, but he absolutely f—ing hates marijuana and the smell of it, alright? So, when he’s trying to play bass, it f—s him up. It f—s me up. I’m a singer, alright? So duh. I would just ask for a tiny bit of respect – if you want to go get completely stoned out of your f—ing mind, go out the back and do it. Alright? Otherwise you’re going to end up like this f—ing knucklehead here going ‘uhhhh.'”