CHEYENNE - Both of the final 2018 Cheyenne Frontier Days night show headliners will be returning faces, although one hasn’t been to Cheyenne in nearly two decades.
The CFD staff announced Friday morning that Nickelback and Toby Keith would take the final two headlining spots during this year’s concert series.
In addition to the headliners, most of the opening acts were announced Friday, as well.
Since the early 2000s, Nickelback has become one of the most successful Canadian groups of all time, selling more than 50 million albums worldwide. They’re the second best-selling foreign act in the U.S. of the 2000s, placing right behind The Beatles.
Some of their biggest songs include “How You Remind Me,” “Rockstar,” “Photograph” and “Far Away.”
They released their first album, “Curb,” in 1996. But it wasn’t until their third record, “Silver Side Up,” dropped in 2001 when they began to achieve international fame.
Since then, they’ve released six albums, including 2005’s “All the Right Reasons,” which sold 18 million copies. Their most recent record was 2017’s “Feed the Machine.”
This will be their second time performing at CFD. The band’s first appearance was in 2002, alongside the Doobie Brothers, Travis Tritt and Kenny Chesney. Their concert will be on July 26.
“Nickelback actually approached us and said they would absolutely love to come back and play here,” Fleming said. “We think they’re going to put on a great show and that people will love what they have to offer.”
While there was no announcement Friday for Nickelback’s opening act, Fleming noted that it should be coming soon. He hopes they will have all of the artists locked in by the time tickets go on sale Feb. 2.
This year will mark Keith’s eighth performance at CFD when he takes the stage on July 27. His first show at the Cheyenne rodeo was in 1997, followed up by concerts here in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2013 and 2015, respectively.
“Toby’s such a fan favorite,” Fleming said. “He does very well in Cheyenne. We sell a lot of tickets and a lot of beer when he comes to town. He’s such a good fit for our crowd. When we do our surveys every year, his name consistently comes up.”
Keith got his start in the country music scene in 1993 with his self-titled debut, which featured the hit single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.” The tune ultimately became the most-played country song of the 1990s.
But, it was his breakthrough single “How Do You Like Me Now?!” that garnered Keith mainstream attention. It was the number one country song of 2000. His longest lasting number ones are his duet with Willie Nelson, “Beer for My Horses,” and “As Good as I Once Was.”
In total, Keith has released 18 studio albums, five greatest hits compilations and two Christmas albums. He’s sold more than 40 million records worldwide.
As for the opening acts, singer-songwriter Michael Ray will kick off the night shows when he performs before Florida Georgia Line on July 20. This will be his first time on the CFD stage.
He released his self-titled debut in 2015, which featured the number one country single, “Kiss You in the Morning.” Ray was mentored by John Rich of the duo Big and Rich on the singing reality competition “The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep.”
Next up is Chase Rice, who will open for first-time headliner Cole Swindell.
Rice got his start in the entertainment industry when he was a contestant on “Survivor: Nicaragua,” where he made it to second place in the competition.
He co-wrote Florida Georgia Line’s hit single, “Cruise,” and released his first full-length record, “Ignite the Night,” in 2014.
His most recent album was 2017’s “Lambs and Lions.” This will also be Rice’s first time performing at CFD.
Eric Church’s opening act will be Cam, who will make her debut in Cheyenne this year. She is a country singer with contemporary pop influence.
She started her career as a songwriter for numerous artists, including Miley Cyrus. Her debut major label release, “Welcome to Cam Country,” was released in March 2015. It featured the acclaimed single, “Burning House,” which received a Grammy nomination.
The song would ultimately be included on her first major label album, “Untamed,” which was released in late 2015.
Keith’s concert will have two opening acts, Ned LeDoux and Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots.
LeDoux is the son of the late rodeo champion and country singer-songwriter Chris LeDoux, who made numerous appearances at CFD. The younger LeDoux made his CFD debut in 2016.
He released his debut record, “Sagebrush,” last year.
“Ned’s going to perform first, then he’ll come back out and sing some of his dad’s songs with Toby,” Fleming said.
“We think that’s going to be a very cool show. He’s such a class act, just like his dad. He puts on a great show. Since he’s from Wyoming, people just love him.”
Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots are a comedy musical group that leans towards the country genre. They have released a couple of extended plays and are preparing to release their debut record soon. This will be their first time performing at CFD.
Rounding out the shows will be Kip Moore, who will open for Dierks Bentley. This will also be his first time playing a show at CFD.
Moore has released three albums, with the most recent being 2017’s “Slowheart.” His biggest singles include “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” “Beer Money” and “Hey Pretty Girl.”
“I think pairing Kip with Dierks is going to be a fantastic night,” Fleming said. “These two are going to be a great way to close out the