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    Nickelback: Feed The Machine Tour with very special guest Pop Evil

    Nickelback: Feed The Machine Tour
    with very special guest
    Pop Evil

    Date: Friday, July 20, 2018 | 8PM
    Tickets: $30, $58, $84 & $89
    On-Sale: Saturday, April 28 at 9AM
    Venue: Outdoor Concert | Seating Chart

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    Originally featuring three Kroeger brothers — singer-guitarist Chad, bassist Mike and drummer Brandon — as well as second guitarist Ryan Peake, Nickelback formed in the small town of Hanna, Alberta, though they have since relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia. After self-releasing a pair of albums (the second of which, Curb, was later rereleased) in 1996, they signed to Roadrunner in 1999 and put out The State, which did moderately well. Two years later, however, was a different story. Silver Side Up (Number Two, 2001) was a monster hit, thanks in large part to the hit "How You Remind Me" (Number One, 2001), a song whose combination of Nirvana dynamics and early Pearl Jam sludge made it official that early-Nineties alt-rock was the new classic rock. "Too Bad" became a minor hit as well, hitting Number 42 in 2002.

    Kroeger contributed "Hero" (Number Three, 2002), a collaboration with Josey Scott (Saliva), to the soundtrack of the movie Spider-Man. The Long Road (Number Six, 2003) followed, with the hit "Someday" (Number Seven, 2003), a song whose similarities to "How You Remind Me" were so profound that some Internet wag made a comparison track with each song on a different stereo channel (they synched up almost exactly). All the Right Reasons (Number One, 2005) offered more of the same, to the tune of further multiplatinum sales and Modern Rock hits such as "Photograph" (Number Two, 2005), "Savin' Me" (Number 19, 2006), "Far Away" (Number Eight, 2006), and "Rockstar" (Number Six, 2007). The "Rockstar" video was notable for featuring a plethora of unlikely stars mouthing along to the song's lyrics, including Kid Rock, Gene Simmons, Ted Nugent, John Rich, Nelly Furtado and Lupe Fiasco.

    Pop Evil

    When North Muskegon, Michigan native Leigh Kakaty formed Pop Evil, he chose the band’s name for a reason. He loved hard rock songs with good melodies but he also dug loud, crunchy guitars and propulsive metal rhythms. For Kakaty, it’s a natural duality that came from growing up in the Great Lakes and it eventually became the raison d’etre of his band.

    “It’s just a natural part of who I am,” Kakaty says. “When I was growing up we’d roll out to the beach on the weekdays with an acoustic guitar and everyone would kick it. And on the weekends, we’d turn up the amps and, boom, everyone would try to break windows. It was all about the heaviness. And I needed both of those elements – the melodic and the metallic.”

    Five albums into Pop Evil’s career, combining strong hooks with knockout punches is more important than ever. The band’s new record, simply called Pop Evil , is a surging, contemporary sounding release that incorporates metal, alternative, hard rock and even electronic music. In the wake of the band’s peppy, upbeat 2015 album Up , it’s a wake-up call, a musical rebirth that inspired the band to self-title the release, partially since they’d never done so. Their first album, Lipstick on the Mirror came out in 2008, and while it introduced listeners to the band’s core sound with well-received singles like “ Hero ” and “ 100 in a 55 ,” Pop Evil has grown exponentially since then.

    Pop Evil captures Kakaty and his bandmates – rhythm guitarist Dave Grahs, lead guitarist Nick Fuelling, bassist Matt DiRito and drummer Hayley Cramer – at their most inspiring. Every song on the album offers a different spin on the concept behind the band’s name and in an era when many rock bands create a few strong singles, and six or seven less memorable songs and call it an album, Pop Evil is all killer, no filler – the best 11 songs culled from 30 demos.