Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney NSW
February 15th, 2018
Support: Bad Wolves
Friday night in Sydney and it seems people wanted to party because so many were present for tonight’s festivities seeing Nickelback and their interesting, heavy choice of supports in LA’s Bad Wolves.
Bad Wolves kicked the night off and there was already a good healthy crowd on the floor and the seats aby this point. Not knowing what to expect from these guys I was quite surprised by their energy and stage presence too. It should be mentioned the crowd who were there really got into it for the duration of their set. After this we’re escorted outside again to wait to shoot the Canadian rockers who, according to reports had 11,500 in attendance which goes to show not everyone “hates” Nickelback.
Opening with the title track of their latest album and tour Feed The Machine frontman Chad Kroeger and Co hit the stage hard ready to give Sydney a great night of rock, rolling in to ‘Woke Up This Morning‘ with an amazing light show accompanying. After cloaking my camera during ‘Photograph‘ I managed to get back in time for ‘Far Away‘ and the band continued to play through song after song… with the aid of a few Jaegermeister shots before playing ‘Hangnail‘ for the first time in 15/16 yrs.
The set continued with what could be described as a “Best Of” and Chad had Sydney right in the palm of his hand, the punters loving every minute singing along in fine voice. They then grabbed 2 young gents from the crowd to sing ‘Rockstar‘ with them on stage, one of which I believe was only 13yrs of age and they did a great job nailing it word for word. Closing with ‘How You Remind Me‘ Sydney was wanting more and more they got with the encore of ‘Million Miles An Hour‘ and ‘Burn It To The Ground‘.
All up a great performance from one of the best live acts touring today (in my opinion) and enough rock to silence the naysayers, especially from their latest album.
Revisit our interview with Mike Kroeger about the tour and his infamous plans of wanting to release a Slayer covers album right here
Gig review & Photo Gallery courtesy of Mick Goddard (MickG Photography)
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