Daniel Adair

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Daniel Adair
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Adair playing with Nickelback at the Perth Arena (2012)
Background information
Born (1975-02-19) February 19, 1975 (age 40)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Alternative metal, progressive metal, post-grunge, hard rock, heavy metal, alternative rock, jazz fusion, southern rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, guitar, bass, vocals
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts Nickelback, Martone, Theory of a Deadman, 3 Doors Down, Suspect, Burn Halo, Thornley
Website daniel-adair.com

Daniel Patrick Adair (born February 19, 1975 Vancouver) is a Canadian drummer, percussionist, and producer. He is best known for his work with Nickelback and his previous work with 3 Doors Down. He also works with the Canadian band Suspect and the instrumental fusion band Martone.

Adair often uses the quote "The harder you work, the luckier you get." [1] coined by Gary Player,[2] to describe his career.


Adair auditioned for a guitarist by the name of David Martone, a Berklee College of Music graduate, who was looking to start an instrumental fusion band. Soon this new band by the name 'Martone' began to record its first album in 1999. Adair says that, "David was and still is the greatest guitarist I've ever worked with. Since then we've created lots of exciting, challenging instrumental fusion music together. David's music helped me push the limit with my playing, and he's been a large influence and inspiration to me. My playing had matured, and I quickly jumped into some great gigs in town."[1]

In the Summer of 2002, Adair had the opportunity to audition for and secure the job as the touring and studio drummer for the multi-platinum, Mississippi based band 3 Doors Down. During his time with the band he recorded the studio album 'Seventeen Days' and live album 'Another 700 Miles', toured 14 countries and had multiple TV appearances.

In January 2005, Adair left 3 Doors Down to join the Canadian band Nickelback. Seven months later they released the album 'All the Right Reasons' which has been his biggest success as it debuted at #1 on the Billboard. During his time with Nickelback, Adair has also appeared on albums and performed with Theory of a Deadman, Bo Bice, Martone, Thornley, Faber Drive and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The follow-up album to Nickelback's multi-platinum All the Right Reasons is called Dark Horse. The first single, "Gotta Be Somebody", was released on September 29 in North America. The album is produced Mutt Lange.

On October 21, 2007, James Stephen Hart (former frontman of Eighteen Visions) announced that Adair was recording drum tracks for his new band, Burn Halo.[3]

In 2011 Adair along with the other band members of Nickelback released Here and Now on November 21. This album has singles including This Means War and Bottoms Up.

He is the only member of Nickelback who is not an original member, though he has been with the band since 2005.


Year Group Album Notes
1995 Martone Shut Up 'N Listen
1999 Martone Zone
2002 Martone A Demon's Dream
2003 Suspect Suspect
2004 3 Doors Down Another 700 Miles Live Album – Away From the Sun tour
2005 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down Live DVD
2005 3 Doors Down Seventeen Days
2005 Nickelback All the Right Reasons
2005 Theory of a Deadman Gasoline song: "Santa Monica"
2006 Bo Bice The Real Thing song: "You're Everything"
2006 Martone When Aliens Come
2007 Martone When Aliens Come
2007 Martone Live in Your Face DVD
2008 Martone Clean
2008 Nickelback Dark Horse
2009 Martone Clean
2009 Burn Halo Burn Halo
2009 Thornley Tiny Pictures
2011 Nickelback Here and Now
2013 Decent Lee A Risk Worth Taking
2014 Nickelback No Fixed Address


  1. ^ a b "Daniel's Biography". Daniel-adair.com. Retrieved 2011-10-01.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Daniel" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ "Gary Player quotes". Thinkexist.com. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  3. ^ "Burn Halo's Myspace". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 

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