Hope it is better than the show I saw in Akron a few weeks ago?
No Ticket for Nickelback? You Didn't Miss Much.
If you thought that releasing your end-of-the-week frustration through Nickelback's raw guitar sound and crude lyrics would have been great, your Friday night was better spent listening to their CD.
It was a mixed-aged, slightly-rowdy crowd, with even some youngsters tagging along with their parents for whatever reason. No blankets or chairs allowed at this Blossom event. But, if you paid for a pavilion seat, you received a beer bath, and possibly a T-shirt, during a cups o’ beer and T-shirt launch by some crew guys that Chad Kroeger spent a whole lot of time introducing, yet I still don’t remember their names. One “crew guy,” obviously from Ohio, did get the crowd to join in the Ohio State O-H…I-O cheer. How rock ‘n’ roll is that.
When Kroeger wasn't wasting time with other such filler (giving a taste of his rocker's scream, showing an obvious desire for the 22-year-old blonde in the front row, calling the crew to hand a guy a Corona, reiterating that it was Friday although all his days are like Fridays, and demonstrating how cool the word "fucking" sounded when inserted into Cuyahoga "Fucking" Falls) he allowed for some music play. Thanks, Chad, that’s what we’re here for. We heard not-at-all-disappointing fan favorites, such as “Something in Your Mouth,” “Rockstar,” “Figured You Out,” and, of course, “Photograph,” which was accompanied by the band’s own pictures down memory lane shown on the back screen that the crowd seemed to like. Nickelback also played an okay rendition of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” featuring Hinder’s vocalist Austin Winkler and Papa Roach’s singer Jacoby Shaddix, and a raw, raspy version of Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places,” as sung by Kroeger.
As if Kroeger’s BSing wasn’t enough, the drum solo began. Yeah. If you stuck it out, though, (and some people didn’t) you eventually got to hear “Animals.” Seriously...you got few songs and a whole lot of babble.
By the way, if pyrotechnics is your thing, you did get your fireworks. If not, you may have spent time hoping that the drummer would or would not catch on fire.
For me, this concert was like watching the news for your lottery numbers and finally seeing enough of your numbers that will get your money back--but not before having to suffer through all the crap you didn’t care to hear about. My lawn seat ticket was free.
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