Chad Kroeger Ends Nickelback Show Early, ‘I Can’t Do This’

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After struggling with vocal issues on stage this past Thursday (August 3rd), Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger halted the band’s performance at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO just four songs into their set.

As seen in footage, the forlorn singer told the crowd: “I can’t do this. I cannot sit here with a fucking absolutely destroyed throat and try to make it through this show and pretend like there’s nothing fucking wrong and take your fucking money, ’cause that is wrong. 

“I’m having a hard time hitting fucking notes,” said Kroeger. “The doctor just jabbed me in the hip with some prednisone [a corticosteroid used to treat a variety of conditions], and we all crossed our fingers backstage hoping this was gonna work. But I cannot, in good conscience, stand up here and sing these fucking songs and have my voice crack and everything sound like shit. It’s driving me fucking nuts.

“So, I’ll tell you what. I could give it my best. I could keep just trying and we could just pull the fuck around if you want to.”


Although Nickelback guitarist Ryan Peake offered to take over vocal duties for the rest of the concert, Kroeger opted to soldier on. “Fuck it,” the frontman told the crowd. “Let’s start this one over again. I’m just gonna give it all I’ve got.” The band then restarted Animals and completed their 15-song set.

Having kicked off on June 12 in Quebec, the North American leg of Nickelback’s Get Rollin’ tour is scheduled to continue throughout the Summer and early Fall before wrapping up on October 5 at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND. Their next show is this evening (August 7) at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. Check out the full dates below.

Nickelback Get Rollin’ Tour 2023

Aug 07: St. Paul Xcel Energy Center, MN
Aug 09: Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center, OH
Aug 11: Oro-Medonte Boots and Hearts Festival, ON
Aug 13: Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theater, MI
Aug 16: Darien Center Darien Lake Amphitheater, NY
Aug 18: Tinley Park Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, IL
Aug 19: Noblesville Ruoff Music Center, IN
Aug 22: Mansfield Xfinity Center, MA
Aug 24: Bangor Maine Savings Amphitheater, ME
Aug 26: Bristow Jiffy Lube Live, VA
Aug 27: Hershey Hersheypark Stadium, PA
Aug 29: Camden Freedom Mortgage Pavillion, NJ
Aug 30: Belmont Park UBS Arena, NY
Aug 31: Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center: NJ
Sep 02: Virginia Beach Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater: VA
Sep 12 Charlotte: PNC Music Pavilion, NC
Sep 14: Raleigh Coastal Credit Union Music Park At Walnut Creek, NC
Sep 16: Pelham Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, AL
Sep 17: Southaven BankPlus Amphitheater At Snowden Grove, MS
Sep 19: Kansas City T-Mobile Center, MO
Sep 21: Tulsa BOK Center, OK
Sep 23: Austin Moody Center, TX
Sep 25: North Little Rock Verizon Arena, AR
Sep 27: Knoxville Thompson-Boling Arena, TN
Sep 29: Burgettstown The Pavilion At Star Lake, PA
Sep 30: Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center, OH
Oct 03: Lincoln Pinnacle Bank Arena, NE
Oct 05: Fargo Fargodome, ND