Nickelback‘s Chad Kroeger gave the world many classic rock songs, including a duet between Avril Lavigne and Marilyn Manson. During an interview, Lavigne revealed Kroeger helped her craft one of her albums as they fell in love. She also revealed why she felt a duet between her and Manson was “meant to be.”
Avril Lavigne said Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger courted her through songs
Kroeger and Lavigne were married from 2013 to 2015. During a 2013 interview with Rolling Stone, Lavigne explained how they fell in love. “Well, we really just started out as friends,” she recalled. “Chad, David Hodges and myself — the three of us were writing together.
“We just hit it off, and then we started dating later on,” Lavigne added. “It was really sweet, because a month into dating, he proposed in the studio where we met and spent all our time making the record.” The record in question was Lavigne’s self-titled album. Lavigne said the album Avril Lavigne was essentially her courtship with Kroeger. It includes such hits as “Here’s to Never Growing Up,” “Rock n Roll,” and “Hello Kitty.”
Why Avril Lavigne wanted to perform a song with Marilyn Manson
Later in the interview, Lavigne discussed collaborating with Manson on a song called “Bad Girl” from Avril Lavigne. “It was really cool,” she opined.” As I was listening to the song, I was like, ‘Manson would kill this!’ So I called him. He came over at like four in the morning …”
Lavigne said the song came together even though Manson’s schedule could have gotten in the way. “It worked out!” she exclaimed. “It was meant to be. [Laughs.] Things are never that easy when you’re trying to get together with someone. He could have been anywhere in the world.”
Lavigne had kind things to say about Manson. “He’s been a friend of mine since I was 18,” she recalled. “I went to his concert in Toronto and met him backstage. We’ve been friendly throughout the years. I respect him as an artist.” Lavigne noted Manson knew exactly what he wanted to add to “Bad Girl.” She felt he “nailed” his vocals on the song.
The way the world reacted to ‘Bad Girl’
Lavigne did not release “Bad Girl” as a single and it did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100. On the other hand, Avril Lavigne was a hit. It peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, remaining on the chart for 12 weeks. Thus far, it’s Lavigne’s final album to hit the top five in the United States.
The Official Charts Company reports “Bad Girl” did not chart in the United Kingdom either. Regardless, Avril Lavigne hit No. 14 in the U.K., lasting on the chart for four weeks. While “Bad Girl” isn’t one of Lavigne’s most famous songs, it serves as an interesting connection between Kroeger, Lavigne, and Manson.