According to TMZ, NICKELBACK is suing Lloyd’s Of London, claiming the insurance company is trying to get out of paying millions of dollars for the cancelation of the group’s tour due to singer Chad Kroeger‘s medical condition.
Lloyd’s sued Kroeger in December for allegedly failing to disclose that he had a pre-existing throat condition that forced the band to cancel most of its 2015 tour dates, including a North American trek.
NICKELBACK canceled more than 60 concerts and filed a $13 million claim with Lloyd’s after Kroeger underwent surgery to remove a cyst from his vocal cords. But Lloyd’s sued to cancel the singer’s insurance, alleging that Kroeger already had the throat condition and failed to disclose it before taking out the policy.
Now NICKELBACK has fired back, with their lawyer, Howard Weitzman, telling TMZ it’s absurd to say the condition was pre-existing, because Chad performed nearly 40 shows before the cyst issue surfaced.
The band initially dropped off the road in June 2015 so Kroeger could have the surgery, with the singer saying in a statement, “I am relying on my doctor and his team to help get my voice back in good form as quickly as possible.”
But in August, the band called off all remaining dates on the tour in order for Kroeger to complete his recovery. The group has not given any indication since then if and when they will return to the road.
The quartet’s latest album, “No Fixed Address”, sold around 80,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 album chart in November 2014.
Kroeger and his wife of two years, wife, pop singer Avril Lavigne, announced their separation in September 2015.