Nickelback guitarist Ryan Peake turned 50 yesterday (March 1) and he obtained a really particular reward from his longtime bandmate Chad Kroeger, one which will surely carry a little bit of nostalgic envy to most of the band’s followers who grew up within the ’70s and early ’80s.
“Well it’s Ryan Peake’s 50th birthday coming up and that’s a big one. You never know what you’re going to get someone for their birthday, so I went a little nuts and I got him this,” stated Kroeger, earlier than the digicam pans over to a black Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am with the gold-winged brand on the hood of the car.
Whereas the automobile is a traditional in its personal proper, the car holds a particular place for these rising up within the late ’70s and early ’80s because the black 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am was featured within the Burt Reynolds-starring field workplace hit Smokey and the Bandit. A duplicate car of the one used within the movie that was gifted to Reynolds bought for near $500,000 at public sale in 2022. Whereas Kroeger would not reveal how a lot he paid for the Trans-Am he gifted Peake, you may wager given the car’s recognition that it price him fairly a number of nickels.
As seen within the video, Kroeger and Peake get an up shut take a look at the car’s engine earlier than Kroeger is ready to hand Peake the keys and by the top of the clip, Peake is sporting a large smile sitting behind the wheel of the traditional car.
The video was additionally shared on social media by Kroeger with the message, “Happy birthday Ryan! Break out the 8 tracks and Get Rollin!,” an apparent nod to the band’s newest album which incorporates the popular culture nostalgia-filled video for “Those Days.”
Peake is an authentic member of Nickelback, having carried out lead and rhythm guitar and offered backing vocals over the course of their profession that began in 1995. He is been part of all 10 Nickelback albums, together with their most up-to-date launch, 2022’s Get Rollin’.
After the posting, Peake was greeted with a wealth of birthday needs, but in addition these acknowledging the superior reward that Kroeger offered to his bandmate. And several other made notice of the Smokey and the Bandit ties of the car as properly.
Nickelback are at the moment on a break from the highway, giving Peake a while to check out his new wheels on the freeway, however the band can be again in motion supporting the Get Rollin’ album this summer time. At current, their subsequent tour leg begins June 12 in Quebec Metropolis, Quebec, wrapping in late August whereas hitting each U.S. and Canadian stops. Get your tickets right here.
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