Throwback Thursday Live Music Edition – Nickelback in Toronto

*photo by Brian Patterson

*review by Amina Abdelwahab

On June 27, Nickelback played their Toronto show at Budweiser Stage, collecting a slew of hard-rockers, families, and young-adults in a single arena. Starting us of with their tour-titled single Feed the Machine, alongside a strong use of visuals and a sweet stage set-up, the four-piece band brought more than just music to the stage.

Following a heavy, pulsating start, Chad took the time to make small talk with us. We learnt about the three years he secretly spent living in Toronto, his delight at the fact that it wasn’t “pissin’ rain”, and that he had recently gone through vocal surgery. He even gave us a mini ‘taking-off-his-vest’ strip dance!

Between hosting a Karaoke session with his buddy Colin during Rockstar and downing shots with us at intervals during his performance, we all wanted to chill and have a drink with Chad by the end of the night– and he obliged! Towards the end of his set, he brought out a jug of beer and handed it to the crowd. Points for Chad!

Despite having surgery, Chad rocked the stage with strong vocals and the odd guitar solo – intermittently sharing the spotlight with guitarist Ryan Peake, who wow-ed us with his vocals and comedic inclusion in Chad’s repertoire of anecdotes and comments. Even drummer, Daniel Adair, sang the opening line to Figured You Out! It sure was a night of vocal expression.

While Nickelback played mainly their hits; providing their usual, solid performance, they left the crowd feeling at home – a definite key to their success. Bridging the gap between the world of pop-culture and rock is an art Nickelback has shown to master time and time again – making them the face of modern radio-rock.

At 11:00pm, they closed their set with the notorious How You Remind Me, leaving concert-goers in a whirl of beer, emotion, and satisfaction.

Set List:

  • Feed the Machine
  • Woke Up This Morning
  • Savin’ Me
  • Photograph
  • Far Away
  • Too Bad
  • Edge Of A Revolution
  • Hero
  • Rockstar
  • Someday
  • Lullaby
  • Animals
  • When We Stand Together
  • Song On Fire
  • Figured You Out
  • Burn It To The Ground
  • Gotta Be Somebody
  • This Afternoon
  • How You Remind Me


Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Addicted Magazine. Her myriad of addictions include music, fashion, travel, technology, boxing and trying to make the world a better place. Nadia is also a feminist, an animal lover, and a neverending dreamer. Keep up with her on social media through @thenadiae.
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