Sound: Chad Kroeger really blew away the SECC on Saturday night. Not just his vocal power that he displayed, but the charisma he showed onstage was phenomenal. The sound of Ryan Peakes' Acoustic guitar on 'Saving Me' was a warm sound that really blasted it's way through the arena, it really had a nice tone to it. They really performed their music to album-standard and a bit more. // 9
Perfomance: The audience were really involved with the show. From the very front with the fans getting squashed, jumping around, right to the very back where many old women were even getting into the swing of things. They really know how to get an audience going and the people of Glasgow responded well, cheering at every word.
They played almost a complete two-hour set so here's the consensus on a few of their songs.
01.Something In Your Mouth: a great opener, really edgy and got the crowd going.
02.Next Go Round: drums were a bit overpowered in this, but otherwise a good performance.
03.Gotta Be Somebody: one of their less hard-rocking songs. The drummer sang backing vocals along with the guitarist but didn't add much for me.
They also sang some of their classics:
04.How You Remind Me: best performed song of the night. This really got the crowd going as Nickelback's most successful song.
05.Photograph: nothing memorable about this song, but good banter from Chad Kroeger beforehand, and a good slideshow in the background got some cheers when Scottish-related pictures came on the screen.
The most memorable moment of the show had to be the T-shirt Cannons. After not being able to reach the very back on their previous tour, they upgraded and the crew came on and fired free shirts into the crowd (even though they only went to the back) whilst the band played a hard-rock instrumental in the background. Daniel Adair's drum solo was also memorable as a very impressive display. Whilst his podium elevated him higher and turned him he showed a wide range of playing styles and to finish the solo off sparks flew from behind him.
The pyrotechnics through the whole show were fantastic. As the band came on about 15 minutes after the support left the stage, three big bangs singalled the start of the show and from there we saw fireworks, fire, steam, sparks, the lot. // 9
Overall Impression: The gig was held at the SECC in Glasgow, Scotland on the 23rd of May 2009. The support for Nickelback were Blackstone Cherry who provided a good heavy opening, although some of their songs were similar. Their lead-guitarist was very good though. I really liked how Nickelback were very involved with the fans, however, the South Park reference for their touring guitarists, Timmy, was lost on most. They had plenty of instrumentals, but all just heavy chords etc. I would have liked to see an improvised guitar solo. The face value of the ticket was 33.50, which it was very much worth. I will definitely go to their next gig, if I can get another ticket. Overall, a great show, especially when they recognised Scotland as AC/DC's true home with a performance of "Highway To Hell" and their version of Kings Of Leon's "Use Somebody" which Ryan Peakes provided the vocals for. // 9