Kroeger’s Taste in Aliens

There’s got to be something surreal about having Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger judge you on anything. Taste in music. Sense of style. Ability to write terrible songs for the Spider-Man soundtrack.

Yet one lucky winner, Shinji Baba, caught Kroeger’s eye Oct. 31 at Surrender inside Encore. Just after midnight, Kroeger came in with Buckcherry, Hinder and Three Days Grace—go ahead, try to find four bands that belong together on tour more than those—and picked out his favorite: Baba as a giant, angular alien.

Baba is now expected to move to Canada, pursue a solo career and try to live down comparisons to Scott Stapp.

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