First off, CONGRATULATIONS go out to Nickelback's bassist Mike Kroeger - this past weekend he and his wife Angela were blessed with the birth of a healthy baby boy (Dawson, 8lbs 8oz). Baby, Mom & Dad are all doing fine. Next, onto news from across the Atlantic - Nickelback's release of The State last week (04/30) in Europe entered the German album charts at #57. CONGRATULATIONS once again. And last, Nickelback have now been in the studio for a week recording the follow up to The State. Currently on a 6 day/week schedule with producer Rick Parashar at Greenhouse Studios in Vancouver, the band has already completed the basic tracks for 5 new songs. Currently, a late August/early September release is being eyed. more news from the studio to come...