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Nickelback Powers Through Mohegan Concert
By THOMAS KINTNER, Special to The Courant
September 30, 2010
Nickelback's performance atop a triple bill Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville reveled in clean-cut rebellion, serving up a hard-rock spectacle with its sharp edges shaved off even as it made the most of what the band has to offer.
Band front man Chad Kroeger set the show's tone intently, his acid-tipped growl jabbing at the opener, "Burn it to the Ground." The show's theatrical flourishes frequently assaulted the senses, from pillars of fire and spark showers to the explosive bursts with which many tunes were punctuated in jarring fashion.
The Canadian group, which added an extra player to its typical four-piece lineup in a live setting, celebrated the good-natured raciness that pervades its songs, smiling while offering up odes to sex and drugs, from the insistent "Something in Your Mouth" to the king-sized sway of "Rockstar." Off-color as they frequently were, there was nothing threatening about its romps, guitar-lined blasts of polish that powered Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" with as much gusto as they poured into its own driving "Animals."
From Kroeger's unceasing flashing of devil horns with his free hand to his genially vulgar banter, he ran the risk of heavy-metal parody, but instead came off as comfortably commercial, whether howling the nostalgia of "Photograph" or snapping rhythmically during "Shakin' Hands." The show felt like a party with oversized favors, at which audience members who presented ID were served shots on the floor, and T-shirts and beers were hoisted at the audience from the stage.
A closer of "Too Bad" typified the act's merging of gritty throb with slick trappings, but came with less spark. An encore of "Gotta be Somebody" had more kick to its contoured blare, and the bounding anthem "Figured you Out" closed the night much as it had progressed, with polished bombast built around a formidable hook.
Both undercard acts fashioned rock with considerably more edge than the headliner; second-billed Three Days Grace pounded at its material as vocalist Adam Gontier shouted his lines, cranking up the booming pulse of "Never Too Late," and bulling through "I Hate Everything About You" with raw attitude. Gontier exhorted the audience to stand throughout the set, and walked the room to force the issue in a closing trip through the gristly "Animal I Have Become."
Buckcherry opened the show with pile-driver rock offered with frenetic energy by singer Josh Todd. He howled through most songs, but also sprinkled bits of vibrato when appropriate for the band's sweeping ballad "Sorry."
Nickelback's Tuesday set list: "Burn it to the Ground," "Flat on the Floor," "Photograph," "Savin' Me," "Shakin' Hands," "Something in Your Mouth," "This Afternoon," "Friends in Low Places," "If Today was Your Last Day," "Don't Stop Believin'," "Rockstar," "Animals," "How you Remind Me," "Too Bad," "Gotta be Somebody," "Someday," "Figured You Out."