Kicking off what promises to be a truly memorable tour, the O2 in London is more than psyched for the first show on the Nickelback and Daughtry UK tour. With the new album ‘Here & Now’ scoring top marks with the critics, and Daughtry’s new album ‘Break The Spell’ also scoring big, there is nothing to stop tonight being one night rock fans will never forget.
As the O2 slowly starts filling up, the crowd welcomes Chris Daughtry to the stage who is no stranger to the giant stages and huge crowds that the O2 Arena offers. Having come fourth in the 2006 American Idol competition, after tonight, everyone who didn’t vote for him is probably kicking themselves as his powerful and dynamic voice over powers the entire building, causing the crowd to erupt into song. His infamous first single ‘Home’ was a real crowd pleaser, along with the anthemic tune ‘No Surprise’ which was co-written by the Nickelback legend Chad Kroeger himself. Daughtry were electrifying, and they got the crowd well and truly pumped; A valiant performance by the band. 8/10.
Finally it was time for Nickelback to take the stage and already the audience were dazzled by some phenomenal light displays. With a band like Nickelback whose musicians all sing and play an instrument at the same time, to put the effort into the visual effects with video footage on the TVs and light displays, it really makes the show come to life. Their raucous, guttural sound was tight and sounded better live than it did on a CD, with the guitars sounding two octaves deeper than you would hear on the radio. ‘Something In Your Mouth’ kicked off the set with an electrifying start as the crowd jumped and screamed like a rippling wave of energy. Hits like ‘How You Remind Me’ and ‘Someday’ still radiate emotion and feeling after years have gone by since their release.
The generic love ballads ‘Far Away’, ‘Photograph’ and the two new favourites off the new album ‘Lullaby’ and ‘Trying Not To Love You’ got the crowd singing and their hands swaying in the air. The highlight, and probably the most obvious, was their #1 hit in the UK Official Download Chart ‘Rockstar’ where the crowd roared into a state of frenzy as the words chorused around the arena. Overall, the show was incredible, and if you haven’t had the chance to see them yet, you won’t be disappointed. 9/10
Reviewer: Louisa Smith