Whether you hate Nickelback or you love them, theres no doubt that Nickelback is one of the most famous “mainstream rock” band that there is today. With hits like Photograph, Rockstar, and How You Remind Me they earned the fame they have, yea some songs might be about beer and sex but whether you wanna admit it or not, their tunes are catchy.
The No Fixed Address tour arrived at GexaEnergy Pavilion in Dallas, TX on April 3rd. It brought along Pop Evil and the very controversial band Nickelback. The weather was pleasing and the stage was set for what could be one of the best nights in North Texas. With a nearly sell out crowd the show was ready to start and fans were ready to rock.
Pop Evil was the opening act for this date of the tour. Seeing Pop Evil twice I knew what to expect, and only being two bands on the show I expected a longer set for Pop Evil that the previous times they were in Dallas. Their set started with Flawed to get the crowed a quick warm up and the crowd just loved them. Their set contained 15 tracks. They performed their hits like Trenches, 100 in a 45,Last Man Standing and their great, awesome song Torn to Pieces. People seem to get into the band as more songs were played. You could see fans that came just for Nickelback leaving loving Pop Evil. Torn to Pieces is were Pop Evil shined. Fans were into the song as much as if that song was a personal song to them, same as for frontman Leigh Kakaty, you could see the emotion on his face and how he gave it his all during the performance of that song. Their set ended with Trenches, I’m sure everyone has heard that song on the radio, or it seemed like it cause everyone cheered, and sang along with it. From young to old, fans really enjoyed the Pop Evil set and I’m sure the band made a couple new fans that didn’t know who they were just like how i became a fan when I first saw them live.
The time finally came, the band that fans drove to Dallas for. It’s time for Nickelback! Lights dimmed down and “suddenly we’re traveling a million miles an hour”! Loud fans everywhere, no one on their seat. Performing Million Miles an Hour from their recent released, No Fixed Address, fans welcomed them warmly to Dallas. Millions Miles an Hour and Something in Your Mouth were just two of the few of the 20 song long setlist! They had a fast start but slowed it down for the third song, but no one seemed to be bothered because that song was Photograph. Everyone in the venue was obviously singing a long, not one person was not enjoying this song, it was probably one of the highlights of the night. Another cool moment was when they started playing Metallica’s Master of Puppets, the crowed came unglued, and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the performed Walk by Dallas’ own Pantera. The crowd just erupted when they heard that famous riff!
They also performed Led Zeppelin’s Moby Dick, and also Hotel California! Rockstar came on and everyone raised their rock horns in the air, it was an awesome moment causeall you can hear through out the venue is the overpowering voices of the thousands and thousands of people that showed up sing along. We Stand Together was also well received and also what we though was the last song How You Remind Me. Everyone was hoping for an Encore, and well, thats what we got! we got two extra songs, but the first one was not a Nickelback song. It was Foo Fighters’ Everlong, and the band did a great song interpreting the song to the audience. Everyone loved it! Burn It to the Ground was the last song of the night and it was a great song to end this awesome show! From Nickelback to Metallica songs, this concert gave fans more than what they asked for. It was one of the best performances I’ve seen so far. If you ever see Nickelback live, I don’t think you’ll come out hating them like a lot of people tend to. Nickelback rocked Dallas!