Saturday Night: Nickelback & Bush at Toyota Center

Categories: Aftermath

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Photos by Victor Pena
Nickelback, Bush, Seether, My Darkest Days
Toyota Center
June 2, 2012

While the rest of the Rocks Off crew at Summer Fest was settling in for a long night of Snoop Dogg, Flaming Lips, and more, this guy was leaving the Fest and making the short trip over to the Toyota Center for Saturday night's big rock show featuring Nickelback, Bush, Seether, and My Darkest Days.

From the top of the building on down to the special $400-plus per ticket VIP section it was packed, with only a handful of empty seats in the building. It was a crowd that showed up excited, almost giddy, at the chance to see the biggest band in North America live and in person.

They got a show that was full to the brim of with your standard rock clichés, from the opening act mentioning the headliner for a cheap pop all the way to the big rock drum solo.

They loved every minute of it.

The life of a blogger's festival weekend is fun but exhausting. It involves long hours in the sun, multiple bottles of water, and a lot of scribbling in a notebook.

If you're reading this blog, you probably already know how you feel about Nickelback. Since my job in this instance is to report back what I observed, rather than try and change your opinion of the band, I'm dumping the entire contents of my notebook here for your reading pleasure.

35 Things I Wrote Down During A Nickelback Concert:


1. So far we have a leather vest, a Mohawk, and some wallet chains. Did these guys buy a "generic rock band fashion" starter pack somewhere?

2. These guys could stand to be a bit more confident in themselves. Mentioning the headliner before your first song is over is a sign of weakness, whether the audience realizes it or not.

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3. On the plus side, they're promoting safe sex by tossing condoms out in to the crowd.

4. These guys have the easiest gig in rock: they're signed to Chad Kroeger's production company so they've got the might of Nickelback behind them, the label paid to have Zakk Wylde and Ludacris guest on their first single, and they only have to play 4 songs a night on this tour.

5. Still, they write perfectly acceptable radio-rock that works in this setting. They'll do well as a replacement for when Theory of a Deadman doesn't have a single out.


6. Nickelback has a commercial playing between acts that advertises their merch. I'm not sure what the target audience for this is. Are people at a rock concert unaware that there are goods they can purchase with the band's logo on it?

7. Still, a baby with a bottle trying to sell me a Nickelback onesie while "Bottoms Up" plays in the background is kind of adorable. Awkward, but adorable.

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8. They played videos in the side screens while the band was performing that had nothing to do with any of the songs themselves. They were like a weird combination of Tool music video, Silent Hill cut scene, and Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark illustration, with the occasional clown. Weird call.

9. Shaun Morgan has some pipes on him. What he lacks in stage presence he makes up with great vocals.

10. Toyota Center was almost completely full about halfway into their set, bucking that whole "people only show up for the headliner" theory. Probably the most shocking thing all weekend.

11. The true sign that a crowd is in a good mood: they're pumping their fists during the second bands set without any prompting.

12. Nice move to give each member of the band a moment to shine during "Remedy". These guys are way more talented than they get credit for.

Location Info


Toyota Center

1510 Polk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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It was a great show all around. You have to give Nickelback credit for bringing a quality lineup on the road with them and giving the fans a good bang for the buck.


Bush had the best show Saturday night.  They don't need all the fire and explosions in their show.  Nickelback could learn a few things from Bush - just rock out!!  No need for so many explosions.  I had never seen Bush but now I am A huge fan. 

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

Nicely done, sir. I laughed aloud several times, frightening the other patrons at Natachee's.

Andres Hernandez
Andres Hernandez

Awesome article. You stayed very professional throughout the entire thing...I can't say I would have done the same.


I like the fact that you began with a qualifier and then reported on the event as unbiased as possible. Very professional and well written article, even if it is about Nickelback. good job sir.

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