Nickelback roared into Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, NJ on August 29, 2023. Opening the night was newer country artist Josh Ross followed by country/rock crossover artist Brantley Gilbert.
Josh Ross was definitely an interesting choice for an opener. His energy did not match the the other artists at all. His music and enthusiasm were generic country. His voice was good, his songs were decent and his band were all very good. But in this day and age when male country artists are a dime a dozen you need to do something that will stand out. Josh unfortunately blended right into the crowd.
Brantley Gilbert took the stage as the electrifying opener for Nickelback. It was a performance filled with raw energy, powerful anthems, and a fusion of musical styles that left the crowd roaring for more. I believe at least half the audience was there just for his performance.
Brantley Gilbert wasted no time in igniting the audience’s enthusiasm. He kicked off his set with a thunderous rendition of “Kick It in the Sticks.” The combination of his raspy vocals and hard-hitting guitar riffs set the tone for a high-octane performance that would follow. He then grabbed his guitar for “The Weekend”, proving that he may be more of a rocker than a country artist. He then transitioned back to the country party with “My Kinda Party”. The stage had a lot of pyro throughout making for a dramatic performance.
Brantley Gilbert’s set was a fiery blend of country, rock, and a touch of Southern rebellion. His onstage charisma and the genuine connection he established with the audience left a lasting impression.
As the stage transitioned for Nickelback, the anticipation built for the one of the most loved and hated rock bands in history. The unexpected pairing of Brantley Gilbert and Nickelback created a unique concert experience, seamlessly bridging the gap between country and rock music.
Nickelback, the iconic Canadian rock band, made a triumphant return to the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey, and the result was nothing short of a rock 'n' roll extravaganza that left new and old fans exhilarated.
Chad Kroeger, the charismatic frontman, took the stage with his signature raspy voice and contagious energy. Launching straight into their first single off their latest album, “San Quentin”. This song is vintage Nickelback through and through. The guitar riffs, the tempo and the vocals all are reminiscent of the sound that made them famous. Then the band wasted no time delivering their catalog of chart-topping hits including, “Animals’, “Far Away”, “Photograph” and “Rockstar”. The nostalgia in the air was as fans sang along to every word.
Nickelback's performance was as good as its ever been. The band's chemistry and musicianship were on full display, with Ryan Peake's blistering guitar solos, Mike Kroeger's thunderous bass, and Daniel Adair's precision on the drums driving the music forward with relentless force.
The stage production was a visual spectacle, with an impressive light show, pyrotechnics, and larger-than-life screens displaying captivating visuals that complemented the music perfectly. It was a feast for the senses that added an extra layer of excitement to the performance.
As the night drew to a close, Nickelback’s encore, featured “Gotta Be Somebody” and "Burn It to the Ground," bringing the night to a thunderous conclusion that left everyone wanting more.
Nickelback’s performance in was a rock 'n' roll spectacle. The band's passion for performing, coupled with their undeniable talent and an arsenal of timeless hits, created an unforgettable night of music. Nickelback proved once again why they remain a powerhouse in the world of rock, leaving fans exhilarated and already looking forward to their next tour.