5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Trying to Sneak Into a Nickelback Show

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I'd like to tell you a cautionary tale.

A few weeks back Kevin Beaudette of Tupper Lake, N.Y., decided he really a) wanted to see Nickelback and b) wanted to see them for free. His plan was simple: Go into the woody area surrounding the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, maneuver his way through the trees and rocks, and sneak into the venue.

It seemed like a really good idea until he slipped, tumbled, and eventually landed 40 feet deep in the Geyser Brook Gorge.

It taught us a valuable lesson: Sneaking in to a show could end with you being branded Nickelback Fan Who Fell In a Hole.

Things didn't have to end that way for Kevin, and they don't have to end that way for you. Next time you're thinking about risking life and limb to see Nickelback, ask yourself the following questions.

1. Are you intoxicated right now?

Kevin was, which is probably why he ended up at the bottom of a gorge waiting to be rescued. Being buzzed may give you the courage to go running around looking for the weak links in venue security, but if sneaking in involves actual physical activity you may be screwed.

If you have to climb a fence, dig a hole, swim across a lake, or outrun a security guard on your journey, make sure you're at least 75 percent sober before you start. Being mostly sober will also help when answering the next few questions.

If you're of sound mind, move onto the next question.

2. Is this your only chance to see Nickelback?

Here's the thing: Nickelback tours a lot. This wasn't going to be Kevin's only shot at seeing them and, unless you live somewhere that rarely gets shows, it probably won't be your only shot either. These guys played Boise so it's not like they discriminate. They'll be back. You could save up money, buy a ticket next time they come to town, and not risk any significant injuries.

But if you absolutely, positively, will just die if you don't get to see them move on to the next question.

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I'm no fan of gawker, but the headline "Man Saves Self from Seeing Nickelback Concert by Falling into 40-Foot Gorge" is amazing.

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