Review by David Jackson – sbj.rocks
Nickelback keep it loud and personal during their Newcastle leg of the No Fixed Address world tour.
I guess the opening song said it all “Million Miles an Hour”. This was the speed Nickelback took to the stage and to the audience during the Newcastle stopover of their No fixed Address World Tour. “Newcastle, what are the chances of landing here on a Saturday night” one of the many interactions lead singer Chad Kroeger had with the audience during their powerful 20 song set. This was the second time the Canadian rockers had visited the city in the past 5 years, this time it was on the back of their eighth studio album No Fixed Address.
The set list gave everybody a taste with samples from most albums as well as some well thought out covers including Led Zeppelin’s Moby Dick. With more drink breaks than a cricket match Kroeger together with guitarist Ryan Peake took turns at interacting with the capacity audience. The sound was loud, clear and at times had difficulty drowning out the audience during the sing-along. Jägerbombs were the order of the day, with beers being thrown out to the audience by the dozen. The light show was spectacular but then again you almost expect this considering the calibre of the band.
What about the music? Nickelback are one of the biggest rock bands in the world, the drumming of Daniel Adair assured the bands tightness. For me listening to the semi acoustic classic “Photograph” was one of the highlights of the show, it came in early and really never stopped from there. Kroeger by reputation is crude; the shock factor of his mouth was evident by the prompt exit of a mother with kids armed with both hands across their ears.
The language to be honest got boring as did the taunting of the audience. We all knew it was Saturday night and whilst drinks were plenty on stage the punters in the audience would have taken three songs to get one from the bar. Overall a great show from a class act. The new album was well received thus ensuring their survival, a true rock band.
Million Miles an Hour , Something in Your Mouth, Photograph, Hero, Gotta Be Somebody, ,Far Away, Edge of a Revolution, Master of Puppets / Walk, Too Bad, Someday, Animals , Moby Dick, She Keeps Me Up , When We Stand Together , Summer of ’69 / Hotel California (Crowd Karaoke), Rockstar, Figured You Out, How You Remind Me
Everlong, Burn It to the Ground