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Manchester MEN, 4 October 2012
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In a recent
interview Noel Gallagher suggested that you will never get anything
different from stadium rockers like U2, Foo Fighters and Muse, all
locked in to writing for the large-scale. Nickelback should also be
included in that stellar company. The Barry Manilow of the Post-Grunge
Generation, Chad Kroeger knows exactly what his adoring fans want.
in to the UK leg of their European tour, Manchester was decreed the best
European crowd to date, a crowd clearly enchanted by a slick if
predictable show. But scrape beneath the slick and blow-dried surface
and the flaws were also present.
aside an evident predictability in the band's songs, there was an
emphasis on their recent singles and inevitably perhaps the mid-tempo/ballads.
And apart from the opening salvo, a dearth of their raunchier stuff.
Kroeger's between-song banter which seemed to revolve around his love of
beer began to pall too. There was also an ongoing in-joke about "Robbie"
the apparent replacement for "Timmy", the guitar tech who left the band
prior to the Here And Now tour.
that, you couldn't really fault a two-hour set which offered such
confections as 'Photograph', 'Trying Not To Love You' and 'Lullaby' the
latter two songs from the current album and sounding (and greeted) like
But it was
only in the dying moments of this gig when it became apparent (if it
hadn't at least half way through)that these shows - like the albums -
are far too contrived.
final encore, Kroeger told the crowd "this is how the band says
and proceeded to jam an all-too brief riff of Pantera proportions before
leaving the stage. In those brief moments the band actually stepped
outside of the hit machine and sounded all the better for it.
though, the band will remain a guilty pleasure, the aural equivalent of
a Big Mac.
the American Idol finalist's band Daughtry plied their sub-Nickelback brand of
emotive rock, an excellent support but not really offering anything
really different in a genre crowded out by bands like Seether and
1. This Means War 2. Something in Your Mouth 3. Bottoms Up 4. Photograph
5. Far Away 6. Too Bad 7. Animals 8. Trying Not to Love You 9. Rockstar
(with Chris Daughtry) 10. Someday 11. Lullaby 12. This Afternoon 13.
When We Stand Together 14. Figured You Out 15. How You Remind Me Encore:
16. Gotta Be Somebody 17. Burn It to the Ground
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