IF I HAD A NICKEL(BACK) FOR EVERY CELEBRITY DUI...
After doing the good deed of donating sales of Nickelbacks' "If Everyone Cared" to well-deserving charities, it looks like Chad Kroeger from NickelCrap has returned to his former selfish self.
Remember back in the summer of '06 when Kroeger was pulled over near his Vancouver-area home and blew a point One-Four on the breathalyzer? He was charged with drunk driving. If you have a hard time believing that Chad would go anywhere near Molson Canadian, here's an amateur shot of Kroeger getting his drink on with Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock. He's at the far left:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 2, 2007
LATEST SINGLE “IF EVERYONE CARED” HITS #1; RAISES $500,000 FOR CHARITY
New York, NY, April 30, 2007 — “If Everyone Cared,” the latest single from Nickelback’s five-times platinum album All The Right Reasons, reached # 1 on last week’s Hot A/C chart, making it the sixth consecutive single from the album to reach #1. An unprecedented feat, all singles from All The Right Reasons have reached #1 at various formats: “Photograph,” “Animals,” “Savin’ Me,” “Rock Star,” “Far Away” and most recently “If Everyone Cared.” A #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200 in October 2005, All The Right Reasons has now produced four Hot A/C #1 hits, a success achieved only by Matchbox Twenty, according to Nielsen BDS.
On January 29th, Nickelback announced a charity initiative that has the band, along with Roadrunner Records, WEA Corp. and Warner Chappell donating 100% of the proceeds from the digital sales of the single and video for “If Everyone Cared” to charity. Since the single’s February release, the band has raised $500,000 for Amnesty International and International Children’s Awareness Canada. Now, just halfway through the campaign, YouTube is reporting 1,000,000 streams of the track, while the single has been downloaded over 500,000 times.
Good for Chad and the boys and REALLY good for Amnesty International and International Children's Awareness Canada. BUT!.. now Chad's lawyer is trying to get the charges against his client thrown out of court. Here's the story reported by CKNW radio:
Jan, 08 2008 - 2:10 PM SURREY/CKNW(AM980) - The lawyer for a Vancouver based rock star facing a drunk driving conviction is trying to convince the judge to toss out the case. Chad Kroeger was charged in the summer of 2006 after his blood-alcohol level test at .14. The legal limit is .08. His lawyer, Marvin Stern, claims the arresting officer did not follow proper procedure before making kroeger take a roadside breath test. Stern says his client's rights were violated because the officer waited too long to administer the test and he did not have reasonable grounds to suspect Kroeger was driving while impaired. Kroeger, whose real name is Chad Turton, was initially pulled (over) for speeding.
I think that's pretty gross. Why is he trying so hard to avoid the Celebrity DUI Club? All the cool kids are in it. Whatevs... all I have to say is this: Forget about 'If Anyone Cared' because 'If CHAD Cared' about the safety of other innocent drivers on the road... he would suck it up, be a man and face up to his own dangerous behaviour.
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