Daniel Adair

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Daniel Adair
Nickelback @ Perth Arena (17 11 2012) (8260174853).jpg
Adair playing with Nickelback at the Perth Arena (2012)
Background information
Born (1975-02-19) February 19, 1975 (age 42)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation(s) Musician
  • Drums
  • guitar
  • bass
  • vocals
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts
Website daniel-adair.com

Daniel Patrick Adair (born February 19, 1975 in 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.


Originally 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."[3][non-primary source needed]

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.

He later 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. 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 by 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.[4]

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".

Adair holds a private pilot licence, originally learning to fly on ultralight aircraft, and currently owns a Maule M-7.[5][6]


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
2014 Nickelback No Fixed Address
2017 Kranky Bear Kranky Bear
2017 Nickelback Feed the Machine


  1. ^ "Daniel's Biography". Daniel-adair.com. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  2. ^ "Gary Player quotes". Thinkexist.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  3. ^ Daniel Adair's Official website, http://www.daniel-adair.com/about.php
  4. ^ "Burn Halo's Myspace". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  5. ^ "Flight Training challenges - Ultralight to Maule M7 - Learning as an older Pilot - VLOG". YouTube. FlightChops. Apr 13, 2017. Retrieved Apr 13, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Aircraft Details: C-FCDM". Canadian Civil Aircraft Register. Transport Canada. July 10, 2015. Retrieved Apr 13, 2017. 

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