Nickelback, Brantley Gilbert Brings ‘Get Rollin’ Tour’ to Bangor
Bangor was buzzing as Nickelback, Brantley Gilbert, and Josh Ross brought the Get Rollin' Tour to the Maine Savings Amphitheater. Thursday night's concert was one that had been eagerly anticipated by local fans and those from away. It's safe to say that the explosive energy of the crowd matched the immense excitement in the air.
For Nickelback, this wasn't their first experience in The Queen City of the East. Let's rewind to July 7th, 2017, when the band performed at the Bangor Waterfront, back when it was referred to as the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion. It was during their "Feed The Machine Tour," and they shared the stage with Daughtry and Shaman’s Harvest. Now, in 2023, although the venue's name might have changed, the electric atmosphere remains a constant.
Brantley Gilbert also has a history in Bangor. In that same summer of 2017, Gilbert headlined a show with none other than a young and rising Luke Combs opening the night. We wrote about that show earlier this week. You can read about it here.
A little detour, Nickelback had plans to grace Bangor's stage back in 2020. The occasion was set to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their Diamond-Certified album "All The Right Reasons," an album that churned out seven radio singles, with hits like “Photograph,” “Rockstar,” and “Far Away” rocking the charts. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic's interference, the show had to be canceled. As a result, the folks in Bangor had been patiently waiting for this one.
Opening the night was Josh Ross, a Canadian country star who not only charmed the crowd with his smooth vocals and catchy tunes but also had the added bonus of apparently having extended family roots right here in Maine. After his performance, I’m looking forward to an album from Josh Ross in the future.
Next up was Brantley Gilbert. He is undoubtedly a superstar. With a multitude of hits, it becomes challenging to keep track of them all. One notable moment was his rendition of “A Country Boy Can Survive,” a delightful segue into Hank Williams Jr.'s upcoming performance at the same venue. A particularly cool connection was also noted – Jelly Roll's presence earlier in the month, performing “Son of the Dirty South,” a collaborative track with Gilbert, creating a pleasantly unexpected déjà vu for the Bangor summer concertgoers. Brantley Gilbert concluded his set with the song "Read Me My Rights," which had gone viral on TikTok a couple of years ago.
And then, Nickelback. Kicking off with the energetic single “San Quentin” from their latest album, they immediately had the crowd eating out of their hands. The nostalgia train hit a high note when Chad Kroeger belted out the 2002 classic from the “Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man” soundtrack – “Hero.”
All the favorites made their appearance – from “Photograph” to “Rockstar,” “Far Away,” and “Savin’ Me.” Although the absence of “If Everyone Cared” was noted, the night was still an unequivocal hit. The main set ended on a high note with the timeless anthem “How You Remind Me,” followed by a fiery encore featuring “Burn it to the Ground,” a tune that WWE Monday Night Raw fans will undoubtedly remember.
As the final notes echoed through the Maine Savings Amphitheater, it was clear that this night was one for the books. Nickelback, Brantley Gilbert, and Josh Ross are now packing their bags and gear for their next stop in Bristow, VA, ready to captivate yet another city with their electrifying performances.
Bangor will remember this show for quite some time, a reminder that when these three acts get rollin', the good times are guaranteed to follow.