Daniel Adair

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.

Daniel Adair
Adair playing with Nickelback at the Perth Arena (2012)
Adair playing with Nickelback at the Perth Arena (2012)
Background information
Birth nameDaniel Patrick Adair
Born (1975-02-19) February 19, 1975 (age 45)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Drums
  • guitar
  • bass
  • vocals
Years active1995–present
Associated acts

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 guitarist David Martone, a Berklee College of Music graduate, who was starting an instrumental fusion band. This band, named Martone, recorded its first album in 1999.

In 2002, Adair joined the multi-platinum, Mississippi based band 3 Doors Down, as the touring and studio drummer. (Other drummers were used for video shoots and TV appearances.) During his time with the band they recorded the studio album Seventeen Days and live album Another 700 Miles, toured 14 countries and had multiple TV appearances.

Adair left 3 Doors Down to join the Canadian band Nickelback. In 2005, they released the album All the Right Reasons which debuted at #1 on Billboard and went multi-platinum. The follow-up album was Dark Horse; the first single on that album, "Gotta Be Somebody", was released on September 29 in North America. The album was 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.[3]

In 2011, Adair along with the other band members of Nickelback released Here and Now. This album includes singles "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.[4][5]

In 2020, Adair was diagnosed with Radial Tunnel Syndrome in his wrist.[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 song: "This Means War", "Bottoms Up"
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 July 19, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  3. ^ "Burn Halo's Myspace". Myspace.com. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  4. ^ "Flight Training challenges - Ultralight to Maule M7 - Learning as an older Pilot - VLOG". YouTube. FlightChops. April 13, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "Aircraft Details: C-FCDM". Canadian Civil Aircraft Register. Transport Canada. July 10, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "Nickelback drummer Daniel Adair on the mend after surgery to treat pinched nerve". CTVNews. May 8, 2020. Retrieved May 9, 2020.

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