Brantley Gilbert Shares High Expectations For Upcoming Tour With Nickelback
“I believe that this tour is the difference between a show and an experience,” Gilbert shared.
Brantley Gilbert; Photo by Brian Vaughan
Brantley Gilbert is putting his best foot forward as he prepares to hit the road with one of the top-selling rock acts of all time, Nickelback.
Named after the band’s first album in five years, the recently announced 2023 Get Rollin’ Tour is set to hit 38 cities throughout the summer.
Gilbert took to social media to share the news of the upcoming tour with his rapidly rising fanbase, and instantly received a slew of excitement in the comment section.
His caption read, “How do you make the most unexpected and bad@$$ tour of all time… @nickelback and your boy join forces for the summer… That’s how!! I’m so stoked to announce we’ll be seeing y’all on the #getrollintour criss-crossing the country all summer long…”
“We were on board right out of the gate,” Gilbert told Country Now of the opportunity.
Longtime Fan Of Nickelback
When conversations surrounding this gig began to surface, the platinum-certified singer/songwriter thought back to the time he attended one of the band’s shows in 2009. As an audience member, Gilbert recalled the undeniable energy Nickelback brought to the stage that night, which in turn inspired him to want to bring the same kind of experience to his own audiences.
“I went to a show with my booking agent here in Nashville, and I just remember being like, ‘this is what I’m talking about. This is the kind of energy that I wanna put into our show,’” Gilbert shared. “I gotta say that what drew me to them first wasn’t really the rocking stuff, it was the power ballad and really the ability to go there. I just heard some songs that hit home for me, and I’ve been a fan since.”
“When it came across the table, it was like, ‘absolutely, we gotta do this,’” he added. “I just think it’s a powder keg, man. I think this whole tour’s gonna leave a crater wherever it lands.”
Since then, he’s had the chance to meet and interact with the band on several occasions. Luckily, they seemed to hit it off right away, which added even more excitement for their road ahead.
“There’s a lot about that band that I love and actually getting to know them now, they’re awesome. They’re awesome guys and I think they have awesome music,” he said of Nickelback.
The Georgia native is known for breaking down the boundaries of country music with his hard-hitting melodies and cutting-edge songwriting skills. Now, he’s getting the chance to fully embrace his life-of-the-party spirit with total freedom to make these upcoming shows some of his best yet.
“These guys basically came to the table and said, ‘look, we want this to be the best show people could spend money on. We want this to be the best experience that money can buy in the music world in 2023. To do that, you need to have access to whatever you want.’ They literally just kind of opened the table up,” Gilbert said, teasing the magnitude of the production.
A Live Music Experience
He explained that having this kind of freedom isn’t always an option as an opening act, but in this case, the added resources will give this tour a newly elevated status that will allow it to stand out among the rest in 2023.
“What’s different about this show is that there’s gonna be a lot of people are going on tour this year, right? A lot of shows going out, but there aren’t a lot of people building an experience. I believe that this tour is the difference between a show and an experience.”
Having a large variety of musical influences incorporated into his music will hopefully make for a smooth transition between the audience members who might not know what to expect with the varying genres teaming up. Gilbert’s latest album, So Help Me God, is a true testament to his ability to explore different songwriting styles from party anthems to faith-filled tracks, while also maintaining his true authenticity.
This project serves as his first full-length collection since his 2019 album, Fire & Brimstone, and features a jam-packed with a star-studded group of writers and collaborators including Toby Keith, HARDY, Jason Aldean, Jelly Roll, and more.
“Stylistically, we’ve always kind of leaned towards the rock side of things. I mean, if you listen to one of my albums, you’ll hear influences from lots of genres, not just the rock genre,” he explained. I’ve been conscious and intentional about that throughout my career, but this one, I think people are gonna see a lot more crossover than they think. “
Brantley Gilbert declared that after getting a sneak peek of what Nickelback has planned for their headlining set, it’s fair to say, “it ain’t a joke.” Fans should expect the countrified rocker to deliver his own unique experience within his 60-minute time slot.
His set will most likely include a combination of his No. 1 hits like “My Kinda Party,” his RIAA 5x platinum-certified “Bottoms Up,” some fan favorites off his latest album, So Help Me God, including his current single, “Heaven By Then” featuring Blake Shelton and harmonies from Vince Gill, and plenty more from his impressive catalog.
“I believe with my whole heart that people that come to this experience will leave with that goofy smile on their face, absolutely exhausted, and they’ll be glad they came,” he said with confidence. “I really do feel that. And everybody that’s been involved in the granular building of this package, this experience, is super excited about it.”
This run follows Brantley Gilbert’s successful time on the road in 2022 with musical acts like Five Finger Death Punch and Jelly Roll.
Tickets On Sale Soon
The Get Rollin’ Tour will kick off on June 12 in Quebec City, QC at Videotron Centre, with stops across North America in Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Nashville, and more before wrapping up on Wednesday, August 30 in Belmont Park, NY at UBS Arena.
Tickets will be available starting January 27 at 10 am local at Ticketmaster.com
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.