Ryan Vikedal has been drumming with Nickelback through three successful albums and 17 million records sold; he has announced recently that he did not leave the band willingly, he was fired. Vikedal told the Edmonton Sun, "We met with producer Bob Rock before Christmas holidays, and everything seemed fine but when we got backÖI was told I was fired."
Chad Kroeger and the rest of the band said to Vikedal that his heart was not with it and he was not what they were looking for with their new projects. Vikedal says he found out he was being replaced with Three Doors Down drummer Daniel Adair, a band with which Nickelback had toured with last year. Leaving the band in this way has made Vikedal feel betrayed by the band that he once called a family.