Nickelback

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Average User Rating 5.00
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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
 
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
Concerts just aren't what they used to be
Venue/Date: Tweeter Center For The Perf. Arts (Mansfield, MA)
Concert Date:  
July 24th, 2009
Reviewer: muzik_kitty

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I fear Nickelback has gotten too popular, too old to rock hard, and too commercial. I truly miss the music and concert scene of the 90s. Shows today are too big, too expensive, and appeal far too much to families. The majority of the crowd were drunken middle aged women or couples with young children. They performed the same schtick with the same lame jokes as they have been for the last couple of years. I appreciate the explosive pyro, but I've noticed the music getting tamer. I resent when bands of this nature preface the slow love songs with "this one's for the ladies". Though I consider myself to be a somewhat respectable young woman, this does not mean I'm going to swoon and sway to some cheesy slow love song when I've paid $200 to see what used to be a gritty hard rock band. I guess I can't blame them, these radio songs are what's making them money. It reminds me of the struggle I've experienced with my "favorite" bands over the years. It gets to the point where these bands have produced a number of albums, the latter containing more and more moeny making radio hits which gather them the "soccer mom" fan base. Live shows need to be manufactured to the fans taste which, in turn, weeds out the harder tunes and most often the original efforts. I wish them luck(though they don't need it) with their current state of stardum, I'll enjoy their music on my own, but I not longer get any thrill from their live shows. Remember shows 10 or more years ago? Back when "rock" music wasn't so popular or watered down? Back then you could go to a show for 15-20 bucks at a small club like Avalon and see 3-4 bands. They'd play without any expensive video screens or pyrotechnics. It was pure live music that got the fans going. No rounds of 10-minute dialogue from the front man. Maybe he/she would shout out a "how you feelin tonight" or a "you guys have been an awesome crowd" or the boston favorite "yankees suck". Thankfully not all rock bands have succumbed to this fate. Just last week I saw Staind at the Pavillion. They've been around for much longer than Nickelback, they have 1-2 more studio albums, and yet they still play hard and they still play the grittier songs from their first album. Probably because of who they've become as a successful band is still respected by the fans who've been with them from the start. Sure they've released some slower songs that have had plenty of radio success. But these songs feel much more deep and emotional rather than cheesy and "i'm just trying to get in your pants". And they never preface them with a "this one's for the ladies"! It was the kind of show that brings you back. You can really feel the music and lose yourself in the moment. You don't even realize what else is going on around you. I walked out feeling elated and satisfied. However, I walked out of the Nickelback show feeling like I had just wasted $200 and all I wanted to do was get away from all the slow walking/falling over themselves/middle aged white trash.

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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
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Venue/Date: Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Concert Date:  
July 8th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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9.00

Nickelback hits all the expected notes

By MICHAEL LISI, Special to the Times Union
First published: Monday, July 9, 2007

You can say this about Nickelback: This band knows what works, and sticks with it.

Nickelback packed them in Sunday night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, delivering a sometimes repetitious, rock cliche-riddled performance that would have rocked without the T-shirt bazookas, an overblown drum solo and singer Chad Kroeger's rock-god antics.


Alt-metal heroes Staind and Daughtry -- featuring "American Idol" contestant-turned-grunge-rocker Chris Daughtry -- shared the SPAC bill on Sunday night.

The near-sellout crowd of 24,000-plus fans couldn't get enough of Nickelback, leaping to their feet and screaming as the band launched into a tight reading of "Animals" to start the show. Kroeger, doing his best David Lee Roth impression, started his rock shtick from the first song, reciting plenty of hackneyed rock lines -- he actually said "let's do this one for the ladies" as an intro to "Far Away" -- to fire up fans, who were already stoked to see the band.

He turned up the stupid when he invited Daughtry (the band) out to fire shirts out of air-powered T-shirt bazookas as he and the band played an instrumental. And there was no shortage of indoor fireworks and flames spouting during the show. Rock excess, thy name is Nickelback.

When Nickelback played, they rocked, the band's infectious/repetitious rock-pop driven by Kroeger's scratchy rasp and the band's crunchy twin-guitar sound. Songs such as "Someday," "Photograph" and "Woke Up This Morning" satisfied, Kroeger's throaty vocal and the band's harmonies on the mark as fans sang along. But the band's cover of Elton John's "Saturday Night's All Right For Fighting" was way lame.
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