Joined: 07 Aug 2006
Location: Alexandria, VA
|Posted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:13 pm Post subject: Nickelback - Washington DC Apr 13 2010
|Every year or so I remember that I haven't been to a music show in a
while, and pick one at semi-random to go to. I've heard a couple of
Nickelback songs (most recently, of course, Burn It To The Ground), and
they were going to be playing at the Phone Booth so I dropped $75 for a
club level seat.
Bell time was 6:30 but the opening act had already started by the time I
got there at 6:15. All four groups were three guitars and one guy on
drums, except for the openers, Sick Puppies, who were two guitars and
one guy on drums :) Musically, all four groups were similar to me. They
played loud and sang loud, but they were actually singing rather than just
trying to scream on key. Unfortunately, when I didn't already know the
words to the songs (true for most of the songs that night, for me) I
couldn't really understand the lead singers due to the volume, feedback,
Where the bands differed was how they sucked up to the fans. Shimon
Moore of Sick Puppies made sure to tell us after every song that they'd
be at the merchandise booth just outside of section 101 after their set.
(Just pass your hat already, dude.) Brent Smith of Shinedown is a Bono
in training: "I want everyone to stand up and high five the person
standing next to you. Stop making history and start making memories."
(If you have to ask us to make noise, You're Doing It Wrong.) Benjamin
Burnley of Breaking Benjamins didn't really cut that many promos -- they
just played music really loudly for 45 minutes. Finally, you had Chad
Kroeger of Nickelback who has really mastered the art of the cheap pop.
Seriously, he wasn't just doing the "What's Up DC?" stuff -- though there
was some of that -- he was also cracking Ovechkin jokes, buying beer for
the front row, playing 'stump the band' with his bandmates, and otherwise
trying really hard to look like the inter-show elements were spontaneous
and unrehearsed. (Of course, at one point, they were showing photos of
stuff, and started showing local photos for cheap pops. Lincoln memorial,
Wizards logo, Ovechkin, Jason Campbell... oops.)
About 45 minutes into the Nickelback set, they took a break to bring 4
guys to shoot t-shirts into the audience. (Really??? And after four hours
and 4 bands I've seen 20 guys on stage and not one woman. Don't any
women play guitar?) After a 2-song encore, the entire show clocked in at
about 4:45 -- definitely value for the money.
The gold standard for me is still the Sarah McLachlan show in DC back
in (I think) 1993, where after the show the entire crowd crossed the
street to the Tower Music, which had stayed open late and put a mountain
of her CDs at the registers we all politely queued up at to buy. I didn't
run off to buy any CDs after this show but I did enjoy it.