The rumors of a drunken interlude between Miranda Lambert’s knuckles and the face of Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger have been lurking out there for a couple of years now, transferring mouth to mouth amongst the unclean masses like an unwelcome oral herpetic strain. Nothing had ever been confirmed though, leaving a few to speculate that the whole incident was mere urban myth, maybe implanted amongst the populous to perpetuate Miranda’s bad girl image. Well now the public can wonder no more.
In Rolling Stone’s country music special edition issue, Miranda’s hubby Blake Shelton spills the beans about how during Miranda Lambert’s 27th birthday party at a bar, she indeed planted a knuckle sandwich in Kroeger’s supple, Canadian cheek. “People always try to pop off or call her bluff at bars,” Shelton said in a smuggish, self-important tone (probably). “One of them—I don’t want to say the guy’s name—but he’s the lead singer of a very popular rock band. His initials are C.K.”
Despite the cowardice move by Shelton to not call Chad Kroeger by name (but make the hint so obvious we’d be idiots not to know) the quote finally confirms the long-swirling rumors.
Apparently Kroeger wanted Miranda to take a shot with him at the birthday party, and when Miranda politely refused and Kroeger wouldn’t shut the hell up about it, she punched him in the face for impinging on her special princess day. Then Blake had to step in to make sure Kroeger didn’t get roughed up any further.
Whether the Nickelback singer was there by request or his own behest was not divulged in the details. Of course Kroeger and Nickelback have special ties to country music now that the band’s long-time producer Joey Moi has moved on to Florida Georgia Line and Jake Owen to help craft only the most awful odes that have gone on to define the bro-country era.
Just wait for the Nickelback country record. We all know it’s coming.
Maybe Miranda will be willing to lend a wallop to Kroeger then. We can only hope.