Updated: Aug 3
It's been six years since Nickelback last performed at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater in Tampa, and die-hard fans had been tailgating and waiting in line all day long for this unforgettable night. Nickelback had support from Brantley Gilbert and Josh Ross on this tour, and it led to an interesting mix of fans and vibes all around.
Josh Ross and Brantley Gilbert got the crowd even more excited for Nickelback's performance. Brantley infused his love for rock music heavily when performing, including lots of pyro and heavy musical components.
When it came time for Nickelback to hit the stage, the sun had just set, and fans were getting drunk and rowdy in waiting. Nickelback opened up the set with their heavy lead single from Get Rollin', "San Quentin." The light and pyro show was perfectly curated for each song, matching the energy and sounds of the track, further entrancing the audience. The visuals on the screens were also carefully thought out for each song, including a beautiful mix of cool video graphics and live video feed so the crowd out on the lawn could still get the whole experience. The video graphics for "Gotta Be Somebody" stuck with me the most: An outer space setting with some astronauts floating about encapsulated the feeling that the song makes me feel. In this great big world, there's someone out there who's going to relate to you and make you feel not alone...
Brantley and Josh joined Nickelback on stage for a cover of "Copperhead Road," with each vocalist leading for a verse. When the time came for "Photograph," lead vocalist and frontman, Chad Kroeger, introduced the song as "Look at this graaaaph," which would only make sense if you're a regular on TikTok. The meme surfaced back in 2015, but became widely popular when it was reposted on TikTok late last year. The band has since talked about the meme in interviews such as The Zach Sang Show, and it has become a running joke at shows since then. The band brought out two members of the audience to sing "Rockstar" with them on stage. The guys they brought up were dressed in very dad-like attire (collared polo tees and khakis). The men did not know each other, but they were twinning on that stage.
Nickelback ended the night with their iconic "Burn It To The Ground," which had everyone in the room jumping and screaming along to the lyrics. Arguably the perfect closing track for the night because of its insanely high energy, it left fans satisfied and exhausted. Definitely recommend checking out one of their tour dates as soon as you can. They put on one of the best shows I've ever been to.
All Images of Nickelback, Brantley Gilbert, and Josh Ross via Nolan Fisher