Rockin’ in the rain

WAG stepped out of the country this weekend – but for good reason.

Rocking out in the rain, we sang along to the tunes of Nickelback at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh on Long Island. What started as a casual girl’s night out ended with us reminiscing to the 1990s memories attached to the band’s lyrics.

The weather – which included the occasional downpour – yes, we were soaked – appropriately mirrored the plaintive sounds of hit songs “Rockstar,” “If Today Was Your Last Day” and, fan favorite, “Photograph.” Each song was accompanied by a music video, featured on a large backdrop, or a series of industrial visuals complemented by bright colors and strobe lights to excite the crowd.

The concert, held July 1, was part of Nickelback’s “Feed the Machine” tour, which includes special guests Daughtry and Shaman’s Harvest. The tour commemorates the band’s newest album, “Feed the Machine, which was released June 15. With lead single “Feed the Machine” and “Song on Fire,” this album reflects a more forceful sound, which certainly differs from the melancholy tunes of the ’90s.

Though we anticipated the headline performance, it was certainly a treat to see Daughtry, the rock band formed by “American Idol” finalist Chris Daughtry, particularly performing the 2006 hit single,“Home.”

And though we weren’t initially familiar with Shaman’s Harvest – a rock band from Jefferson, Mississippi – it’s always a treat to hear some new music, mixed with some old jams.

The tour will return to New York to play Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on July 10 and Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center on July 12. And, before heading west, “Feed the Machine” will make a pit stop at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, on July 13.

For more information on the upcoming tour dates, or to purchase tickets, visit

– Danielle Renda

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