You can live like a rock star, with your own indoor hockey rink, horse barn and recording studio — if you can part with almost $9 million for Chad Kroeger's former mansion in B.C.'s Fraser Valley.
The Mountain View Country Estate in Abbotsford was sold by the Nickelback frontman last year. The current owner spent $1 million on renovations and has now put the 20,135 sq.-ft. property back on the market, reports The Province.
If six bedrooms and nine bathrooms don't pique your interest, how about the grand spiral staircase, two-storey stone fireplace, personal theatre, "deluxe hip roof barn" (we didn't know barns could be hip), riding ring, and covered parking for up to 10 vehicles?
Guests can stay in the separate guest house, and when they get bored of the indoor pool, they can take a dip in the outdoor waterfall pool.
Befitting someone with $9 million to drop on an estate (plus $23,000 in annual taxes), the property promises "complete privacy nestled behind lush vegetation and hedges with two gates."
Kroeger built the house in 1990 with then-partner Marianne Goriuk. The rocker married fellow Canadian singer Avril Lavigne in 2013. The couple own a home in Los Angeles.
The mansion was actually featured in MTV's "Cribs" in 2011. Kroeger seemed to really be into storage, proudly showing off a coffee table with a sliding top to hold DVDs, and the microwave and fridge hidden behind cabinetry.
In the TMI category, the singer said he loves to bathe and pointed out the multi-person spa tubs and showers.
Guess he was serious when he sang in "Rockstar": "I want a brand new house on an episode of Cribs and a bathroom I can play baseball in, and a king size tub big enough for 10 plus me."
Chad Kroeger's former mansion in Abbotsford, B.C. is for sale for just under $9 million. It has six bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
The property has a separate guest house.
Kroeger built a recording studio on the second floor of the barn.
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The Good: Over 40 million records sold. Creed almost single-handedly kept grunge-rock alive in the mainstream at the turn of the millennium when rave was rising and hip-hop was taking over the world. The Bad: The whole we're-not-a-religious-band thing was kind of irritating, especially after videos full of, y'know, religious imagery. But worst was probably lead singer Scott Stapp's various vices and addictions getting so bad that fans actually sued (<a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-04-22/news/0304220298_1_class-action-lawsuit-entertainment-news-rock-band" target="_blank">link</a>) the band because their shows in 2003 were so bad. (Non-fans, of course, simply blamed the music.) The Disparaging Words: "I want to dedicate this next song to the lead singer of Creed... That guy is an egomaniac. He's a f---ing punk, and he's backstage right now acting like f---ing Michael Jackson. F--- that motherf---er, and f--- you, too," <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Durst" target="_blank">said</a> Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, onstage at a music festival in 2000.
The Good: Over 120 million records sold, six Grammy Awards and the campfire singalong classic, 'Hotel California.' The Bad: Many bands are capable of doing it, but few are so brazenly capitalist as to charge "what the market will bear" for tickets. Not the Eagles, who have charged fans over 1,000 British pounds to sing along to 'Hotel California' with the band. Then there is the fact that The Dude hates them. And he abides a lot. The Disparaging Words: "Don Henley's a fool, a pompous, bloated twit who oughta be castrated so he can't reproduce," <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueD8k-pIAks" target="_blank">said</a> Mojo Nixon.
Insane Clown Posse
The Good: The 6.5 million records sold by rappers Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J are rather modest compared to most of the other bands on this list, but ICP have created something bigger -- their own society. The band's face-painted clown army known as "juggalos" conduct an annual pilgrimage to something called the Gathering of the Juggalos. It's basically the equivalent of the Muslim Hajj to Mecca, except this pilgrimage is usually to a mid-western U.S. campsite to take drugs, listen to murder-rap and watch pro wrestling. The bad: For the average ICP fan, wondering <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-agl0pOQfs" target="_blank">how magnets work</a> is a legit existential crisis. The Disparaging Words: "I was put here to put fear/In people who spray Faygo root beer/And call themselves clowns cuz they look gay/Faggy 2 Dope and Silent Gay Claiming Detroit, when y'all live 20 miles away," rapped Eminem, homophobically, on his ICP diss-track 'Marshall Mathers.'
The Good: If it was rap music made post-2000, and it was good, there was a pretty solid chance Kanye West was involved. Jay-Z, Common, Kid Cudi and John Legend have all experienced 'Ye's golden touch. Better though are Yeezy's own hits. He's sold over 25 million digital singles of tracks like 'Gold Digger,' 'Heartless' and 'Power' and millions more in albums. The Bad: Kanye's mouth often gets him in trouble, whether it's bullying praying mantis-like country music star Taylor Swift at the VMAs or <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PRJyKN61rY" target="_blank">saying</a> that President George W. Bush "doesn't care about black people." The Disparaging Words: "Jackass," <a href="http://www.theboombox.com/2009/09/15/obama-reportedly-calls-kanye-a-jackass-after-vmas-rant/" target="_blank">said</a> President Barack Obama, after the VMA incident.
The Good: Not many bands can say they popularized a new musical genre like Limp Bizkit did rap-metal. From 1997 to 2004, lead singer Fred Durst and his backwards red baseball cap rode a wave of anger to over 50 million records sold. The Bad: Limp Bizkit's set at Woodstock '99 was considered the catalyst for what would eventually deteriorate into a bacchanal of rapes, assaults, fires and general chaos as wasted rioters battled state troopers amidst a festival in flames. The Disparaging Words: "Fred Durst is one pathetic midget," <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mancow_Muller" target="_blank">said</a> morning radio DJ Mancow Muller.
The Good: Some 15 million records later, Maroon 5's soul-pop has become nearly ubiquitous on the radio. Of course, what people can see is almost as important as what they hear, which is why lead singer Adam Levine rarely has a shirt on. The Bad: If you've walked through a shopping mall you've definitely heard M5's latest hit 'Moves Like Jagger.' But such Jagger appreciation is an awkward thing. There are two distinct periods in the history of The Rolling Stones, the early dangerous period (circa Altamont) and the later leotard period (circa disco). Maroon 5 prefer the leotard period. The Disparaging Words: "People hated Creed. They don't hate us. At worst, they just don't really like us. Creed were easy to hate and we're just, you know, easy to disregard," <a href="http://www.stereogum.com/1301/maroon_5_we_suck_less_than_creed/news/" target="_blank">said </a>a sorta self-aware Adam Levine.
The good: These godfathers of thrash metal have sold over 100 million albums and provided the soundtrack to just as many bush parties, drag races and witch hunts. The bad: As awesome as albums like 'Master of Puppets' were, it's been a commitment to stay loyal to Metallica. They've gone after Napster and made us watch Dave Mustaine weep in their therapy doc 'Some Kind of Monster.' Even worse, the band got together with aged art-zombie Lou Reed for the 'Lulu' album and attempted to tell us it was "awesome." (<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/oct/20/metallica-lou-reed-lulu-interview" target="_blank">link</a>) The Disparaging Words: "You can tell the other guys in [Metallica] are cool and used to just be serious heshers who were probably whacked out on meth and would've kicked your ass in the '80s. On the other hand, you have Lars, who is just this swishy Mary who grew his hair long, put on a denim jacket and infiltrated this cool gang. The only time I met him, he was wearing a golf pantsuit and everybody was wondering who this fat golfer dude was acting like an ass---- in our backstage area," <a href="http://www.chartattack.com/news/2009/08/04/eagles-of-death-metal-diss-lars-ulrich/" target="_blank">said</a> Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes on Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.
The Good: Smiths lead singer Morrissey probably did more to make poetry cool than anyone since the Doors' Jim Morrison. Meanwhile, the song 'Meat Is Murder' has probably helped convert more people to vegetarianism than any work of art short of Robert Newton Peck's book 'A Day No Pigs Would Die.' The Bad: Morrissey's such an angry curmudgeon that not only are writers inspired to piss on (<a href="http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/i-hate-the-smiths" target="_blank">link</a>) his records but other bands write songs about how much they hate him (<a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/viva-hate-15-antimorrissey-songs,45877/" target="_blank">link</a>). The Disparaging Words: "If Morrissey says not to eat meat, then I'll eat meat; that's how much I hate Morrissey," <a href="http://www.morrissey-solo.com/people/robertsmith.htm" target="_blank">said</a> Robert Smith of the Cure.
The Good: Spin Doctors' six million records sold is a relatively modest number, but 1991's 'Pocket Full of Kryptonite' and its hits 'Little Miss Can't Be Wrong' and 'Two Princes' have inspired generations of jam bands to follow in the band's funky footsteps. The Bad: Give the kids with beards and hacky sacks an anthem and you give everyone else something to hate. And sure enough, by the time the new millennium came around, former supporters like VH1 were declaring 'Two Princes' among the 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever. (<a href="http://www.listology.com/list/vh1s-50-most-awesomely-bad-songsever-50-1" target="_blank">VH1 List</a>). The Disparaging Words: "Those are the videos that I f---ing hate," <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/noel-gallagher-on-videos-his-brother-the-spin-doctors-20111012" target="_blank">said </a>Noel Gallagher, discussing having to watch Spin Doctors on VH1.
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