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Devin Townsend and Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger are Friends Now

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Sometimes it takes first-hand experience in order for someone to gain appreciation for what another person does for a living, even when one’s detractors/detractees are concerned. For example, the winners of our annual “Run MetalSucks for a Day” contest always tell us afterwards how difficult it was to produce 15 original pieces of content in a single day (despite having had weeks to prepare). Likewise, I respect the hell out of bands whose music I really dislike (let’s say Asking Alexandria, as one example) because I’ve seen first hand what it’s like being a professional recording and touring musician (whereas before MetalSucks existed I had no idea) and that shit ain’t easy by any means.

Such is the case with Devin Townsend, who recently admitted in a series of tweets that he’s come to have a huge amount of respect for the music world’s greatest punching bag, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, after previously expressing disparaging words about his fellow Canadian. And why not? Nickelback’s music may be waaaaay different than anything any of us enjoy, but writing as many massive hits as Kroeger has is an undeniable skill. According to Devin, Kroeger is quite a nice fella as well, and not only have the two become chummy of late but they even attempted to work on some music together, although that didn’t go too far.

Here are Devin’s tweets about Kroeger, illuminated by Canadian countrymates The PRP:

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