Sound: Nickelback is one of the better bands, as far as talent goes, out there today. Chad Kroegers voice is unique in that is a hard rock voice, but it also meets the demands of the mainstream masses. There was very little difference betweem his voice live and on the record. I was highly impressed by how well the show was planned out and executed. Chad and Ryan both has alternating guitars that were exchanged after every song. These guitars included PRS's, Gibson Flying Vs, and even a Dean guitar. This show left and impression on me (and my hearing, I still havent fully recovered) and if I didn't have to be home, I would've caught the next gig. The sound was amazing, exactly like the album. It was thick and heavy, just like always, and plunging bass riffs thumped away all night long. // 9
Perfomance: Every one in the audience enjoyed Nickelback from start to finish. In two and a half hours, not once did I or anyone else ever take their seat. Not only was the band laying down some great earcandy, they also had some great visual effects at work. The stage had four places where fire from the floor would shoot 15 feet into the air. Also, there were three video screens up high behind the band which showed footage from the stage and bandmembers. Here is a song list (in order):
01. Animals - this was the opener, and just before the song began, a car motor revved its engine. Next, flames shot up and there the band was. This was a great song to start with. The vocals were fresh and new. It was the moment everyone had waited for, and it kicked the show off to a great start.
02. Woke Up This Morning - this was a song from Silver Side Up, and it was well executed. The vocals at the end were slightly strained, but other than that, this song was excellent and well placed.
03. Photograph - what do you get when a band plays their hit single with hundreds of screaming lunatics in the crowd? Insanity. Chads voice was completely drowned out by the crowd. Also a montage of various photographs of the band played on one of the screems back behind that band. Screaming women and drunken fans screamed for a solid five minutes after this song was over. I don't know how well it was played because I couldn't hear anything but screaming. Great song.
04. Someday - another great song from these guys. Again the people went insane. This song was well played. They added some solo material in the middle and the end of the song that kept going straight into the next one.
05. Leader Of Men - I believe the vocals were the worst on this song. But everyone knew that the band was far from finished. It was still decent.
06. Never Again - this song went much better. It was fresh and angry. It really got the crowd up and going again. I guess you can say it put everyone back into the rock mood. The past 2 or 3 songs were slow singles, and this song thrust people back to the mode of rock. Very well played and placed.
07. At this point in the show, Chad set his guitar down. He walked up and said "I feel like doing somthing a little different. What if we loaded a whole bunch of free shit into some cannons and shot it at you?" The band starting firing air cannons at the crowd loaded with all sorts of goodies. After that, the platform that drummer was on suddenly shifted from the back to the middle of the stage. He then began to solo, and he did this for all of 7 or 8 minutes. It was absolutly amazing. Toward the end of the solo, sparks began to shoot from the sides of his drummset.
08. Follow You Home - this song was apropriate for the moment being that it just followed a drum solo, and the beginning of this song is a drum solo. Great vocals. Great solos as well. One of the best songs in the show.
09. Side Of A Bullet - this song is a tribute to the late Dimebag Darrell, so therefor this song was the angriest of the show. It was very well executed through out. Even the solo seemed flawless. It was probably the most dramatic as well. Lots of pyro going on. Good song.
After everyone screaming there lungs out for about 10 minutes, the band finally came out and began the finale.
10. Rockstar - this song was kind of loose. It almost seemed like Chad forgot some of the lyrics. But this hardly mattered because the crowd kept him on track. Still not a bad song.
11. Figured You Out - I believe everyone in the arena knew this was coming. But I, nevertheless, was still impressed. It was a great way to end the show. The vocals were about to give way toward the end. I didn't know if he would pull it off. But he did. And it rocked. // 9
Overall Impression: The show was played at the Gwinnett Center and Arena in Atlanta, Georgia of the United States. The openers for Nickelback were Trapt and Chevelle. Each of those two did very well and each had songs like 'Headstrong' and 'The Clincher' that made the crowd come unglued. The ticket was like 40 dollars. To me that was a deal because we got three bands and 4 hours of music. You cant ask for much more than that. The show was full of memorable moments. A few that stand out were the air cannons, Animals (first song), and all the pyro technics. This was a blast, and I cant wait to see them again. // 9