NICKELBACK LIVE IN MANCHESTER – WHAT HAPPENED?

Monday evening was all about Canadian rockers Nickelback, perhaps the marmite of the alt rock world. Love em’ or hate em’ the AO Arena was jam packed with people queuing up from late afternoon to grab a decent spot at the barrier.

In all honesty, I was more excited about the support, excited and very proud. RGM have followed the Lottery Winners since they grew threw the ranks into major pop stardom and it is an absolute joy to witness four of the nicest people you could meet gracing this massive venue and no doubt adding to their rapidly growing fan base.

Thom’s unique stage presence, part rockstar part stand-up comedian does not fall on deaf ears here as the crowd lap up his deadpan humour and ridiculous yet adorable onstage antics. I suspect that some fans here this evening bought a ticket just to see these four beautiful humans. Their music has a wide appeal, but especially to the youth of today, with strong messages based on Thom’s own struggles with mental health and school life.

Kudos to Nickelback for remaining loyal after their lockdown cover (one to look up, it is a belter) and inviting these guys on tour. I very much doubt it will be long before these four are headlining arena’s.

You can always count on the arena for state of the art technology of epic proportions. Nickelback came on to the stage via a bizarre slightly lame video of their van being chased by police (I think anyway as we were stood fairly far back…).

The audience had thoroughly warmed up their vocals with a delightful pre-gig set list of songs by Journey and The Darkness, a mass sing-a-long which is just how I like to spend my Monday evenings…no I did not join in.

The band were warmly greeted by this Manchester audience and launched into ‘San Quentin’ which was made all the more impressive by the on stage visuals. Chad has a decent voice and although the sound quality is hit and miss here, tonight it seemed to be working as the band performed the best of Nickelback to a very appreciative audience, the highlight being when The Lottery Winners returned and performed our city’s anthem ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ a nice touch considering what falls on Wednesday.

The band played ‘How You Remind Me’ before leaving the stage and returning to a two track encore of ‘Gotta Be Somebody’ and ‘Burn it to the Ground’. All in all a great Monday evening of entertainment but for me The Lottery Winners won this one.

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