Nickelback Light Anaheim's Fire at The Honda Center
Mon, 25 Oct 2010 11:03:49
Nickelback get dirty live, and that's what makes their shows so classically "rock 'n' roll."
Throughout their fantastic set at The Honda Center in Anaheim this past Friday, Canada's finest rock band got asses shaking across the packed arena.
The quartet kicked off the show with all kinds of explosions—sonic and literal—during opener "Burn It To The Ground" from 2008's Dark Horse. The only thing louder than the cheers were the fireworks blasting off at the end of the song.
Frontman Chad Kroeger belted out the chorus with the swagger of a born star. Locking eyes with the crowd, Chad engaged the audience, while impeccably playing and singing. Ryan Peake supplied the perfect counterpoint via his incendiary fret work and unbreakable presence. Mike Kroeger laid down a heavy bass groove, locked in perfect sync with Daniel Adair's explosive drumming. With red and blues flames abounding, this is the way a rock show should be.
"Flat on the Floor" maintained that unpredictability with a pristine refrain from Chad and more fist-pumping than an episode of Jersey Shore transpiring across the floor.
He prefaced the next song saying, "Did the stars really just align? Did we just really end up playing here on a fucking Friday? We should do a little tune about the good old days when we could do whatever the fuck we wanted to do and do whoever we wanted to do!"
That tune about the good old days, "Photograh", allowed Chad to take a step back and showcase just why Nickelback are the modern rock phenomenon that they are. The man can write an undeniable hit, but these songs enter bona fide timeless status live as fans chant along. Warm acoustic guitars wrapped around his vocals as a mosaic of pictures filled the video screens behind the band. It was a poignant moment, and the whole sensory experience got all the ladies screaming.
Chad then went on to bring back the grit exclaiming with a wide smile, "We're on our fourth fucking song and I haven't had a drink yet! It's time for a jack and coke!"
Drink in hand, Chad and Co. lit up the speakers with "Shakin' Hands," a stripper pole-ready anthem that immediately got the easy-on-the-eyes crowd of primarily real "California Gurls" dancing. Katy Perry ain't got shit on Nickelback …
"Let's keep the naughty train rolling," roared Chad. It doesn't getting any naughtier or more fun than "Something In Your Mouth," which seduced with tangible charm. The mini acoustic set following brought the crowd closer to the band than ever before. From the countrified bounce of "This Afternoon" to the sweet relief of "If Today was Your Last Day," Nickelback captivated unplugged. Of course, "Don't Stop Believin'" sparked a massive sing-a-long.
"How You Remind Me" could be heard up in Los Angeles it resounded so loudly. Ultimately, Nickelback know how to put on a show with the right mix of songs, sex and swagger.
Were you there?
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