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Love ’em or hate ’em, Nickelback sets tour

Billy Idol and Madonna also hitting road; EDM at Indy 500

Nickelback will be touring in support of their 10th studio album,

Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published February 1, 2023

Nickelback, the band everyone loves to hate, at least publicly, recently announced that they would embark on a tour in support of their 10th studio album, Get Rollin.’ 

To be fair, Nickelback have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide during their career, but no one admits to liking them, which is a strange phenomenon if you think about it. 

Country rocker Brantley Gilbert is joining the tour, which is set to kick off with a show on June 12 in Nickelback’s native Canada before heading to Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on June 16, Blossom Music Center outside of Cleveland on Aug. 9, Pine Knob Music Theatre outside of Detroit on Aug. 13, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre outside of Chicago on Aug. 18, and Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville on Aug. 19. 

Hundreds of thousands will go to see these shows, but no one will actually admit to it afterward. 

Get Rollin’ was released in November. Somehow, without anyone admitting to buying or listening to it, the album topped several charts around the world.

Idol going back on the road

Billy Idol just got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Now, the 67-year-old rocker will head out on tour to remind people why such a thing would happen. 

Idol spent the past couple years releasing music following a seven-year drought that began after the release of 2014’s Queens of the Underground and ended in 2021 with his EP, The Roadside. Last year, he had another EP, The Cage

The three-time Grammy winner will be joined by his legendary band including his lead guitarist of more than 40 years, Steve Stevens, when he stops at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati on May 6 and Clowes Hall in Indianapolis on May 9.

EDM at Indy 500

The Snake Pit is back on Indianapolis 500 Race Day, featuring some of the greatest live EDM acts available. 

The lineup for the May 28 show at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway features Grammy-nominated musician Kaskade as the headliner with Subtronics, John Summit, DJ Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal), and Jauz also on the bill. 

To get into the show, you need to have a Race Day ticket and pay an extra $50 for a wristband, which makes for a full day of events.

Madonna marks 40 years

In music news with a bit more pop appeal, not that she hasn’t experimented with the dance sound, Madonna announced she will commemorate her 40 years in music by embarking on The Celebration Tour this year. 

With sales of more than 300 million records worldwide, Madonna is the best-selling female recording artist of all time. The global tour is being hyped as the biggest production she has ever done, featuring music from every era of her career. 

Tickets are already in high demand, causing The Queen of Pop to add more dates to the tour. 

Look for Madonna when her tour stops at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland on Aug. 2, Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Aug. 5, and United Center in Chicago on Aug. 9-10.

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