Nickelback with opening bands Sick Puppies, Shinedown, and Breaking Benjamin played the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on April 11, 2010. With over 17000 people, the Scotiabank staff were unusually disorganized.... We arrived at 6:10PM (show started at 6:30pm), and there was still a lineup going around the front and to the side of the venue. We did not actually get to our seats until almost 7:30pm, so we missed Sick Puppies and Shinedown completely (well we heard Shinedown's "Second Chance" as we walked in). During the show, we did hear our Prime Minister, Steven Harper was in attendance with his son just behind us in a box, but did not find out definitely until after why it took so long to get into the show. There was extra security, etc... so thank you Mr Harper for making us miss the first 2 bands... but very cool you got a box and took your son to the show!! lol Our PM went to see Nickelback lol.
Breaking Benjamin were on top of their game. Their sound was great (voice was a little low) and they put on a great concert. They played mostly their newer songs which I am not familiar with, but at least they played my personal favorite song "So Cold"
Nickelback came on the stage with a big bang (literally). Flash pods, and pyrotechnics. They had huge screens behind them playing random imagery, and would switch to live cameras throughout the show. Nickelback played some parts of cover tunes like Guns n Roses - Patience, Metallica - Nothing Else Matters, Garth Brooks - Friends in Low Places (really good actually), and played a little bit of Bon Jovi - Dead or Alive, Super Mario dungeon theme, Young Mc - Bust a Move, and Pantera's - Walk (while introducing their Pyro guy who has worked on live shows for Pantera and Ozzy).
Nickelback really gets the crowd involved, and Chad was very personal talking to the crowd of stories, and getting us going... They brought out these super bazooka guns that shot these nerf things (I think that is what they were), launching all the way to the back of the venue second level. Pretty impressive toy! Beers launched from the stage too.. lol Halfway through their set, they walked out to this catwalk where a drum kit flipped out from the stage and they played a few chill tunes there... later Daniel Adair put on an impressive drum solo with extreme double kick playing, actually not the normal standard double kick, but double.single.double.single. Really impressive... (I am sure his legs get sore after that solo).
The show was very cool to watch, and I would see them again, just need to lose some of the cheezy things, like when they go "When I say Nickel you say Back... Nickel ... Back...Nickel... Back...." So cheezy I wonder if they are making fun of themselves or not, regardless, it was a good show to see....
Click here to see pictures we took at the show
Here are the setlists for Breaking Benjamin (I know it is Toronto, but same in Ottawa) and Nickelback