Lullaby

  

I’m on a train home from Manchester after attending the Anvil show where I didn’t even stop to catch a single note from Anvil! German thrashers Rezet with their 40 minute set were more than worthy enough for two hours on a train and the entry fee. 

Tomorrow I’m taking a trip to Liverpool’s Echo Arena with my wife to revel in what could have been a second consecutive evening of Canadian music. We’re off to see Nickelback put on one of the most competent arena shows that you will have the privilege to witness.  By this time tomorrow the curtain will have fallen on my fifth live Nickelback experience and I’m in no doubt that I’ll be on my way home in a happy frame of mind. 

You might have gathered from this blog that has been going for nearly I year now I prefer my music fast and loud – which is a crying shame for those not inducted into the way of Nickelback. It’s amazing how many people dislike the group with a passion – many verging on pure hatred –  but usually they’ve only heard two songs which happen to be their biggest. But delve deeper into some of the album tracks and boy can they knock out some spectacularly heavy stuff. 

They can pretty much write anything from either end of the spectrum. You have some bands who just seem to churn out ballad after power ballad, but have nothing extra to offer. When you could play a teary track like Lullaby, head straight into the short sharp punk blast of Flat On The Floor and seamlessly flow into a cover of Metallica’s Master of Puppets and round it all off with the song everyone loves to hate, Rockstar, where the band don’t even have to sing it as the majority of the fifteen thousand crowd in attendance will inevitably sing it word perfectly, then you know you are doing something right. 

They’re very much aware of the jokes that they are the butt of, but they take it all in their stride and often play upon it during their concerts. What’s the point of getting upset over it when you’ve sold over fifty million albums all around the globe and you can play arenas worldwide? Someone must like your music, otherwise there’s a warehouse somewhere near Vancouver with forty-nine  million compact discs stored inside. 

  

Lullaby is taken from the bands seventh release Here And Now. The album cover features a photograph of the steam clock located in the Gastown area of Vancouver. When we were there a fair few years ago now we must have taken (well I rather than we) dozens of photos of that clock. In the UK this track wasn’t released as a single and the video used on music channels over here was different to this heart wrenching version. This version has only been streamed a measly 61 million times on YouTube. 

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Savin’ Me

Hi. My name is jukebox and I like Nickelback.

Next Saturday the wife and I should have been seeing Hanna, Alberta natives Nickelback as their European tour was coming to an end. Unfortunately the whole tour was scraped in August of this year as front man Chad Kroeger had to have an operation on his voice box to remove a intracordal cyst.

Depending on who’s company I’m keeping and if I’m in my wind up merchant mood, I have to say in the main I really do like Nickelback. In the Internet age the band are one of those bands everyone loves to hate. I don’t know too many others who like the band (or admit liking them), but with worldwide sales of over 50 million records sold then I suspect there are one it two fans around the globe.

They know how to write a catchy tune, some of their lyrics can be a bit on the odd side though. But like AC/DC, for example, they have found a formula that works and stuck to it. It’s a shame a lot of people don’t give the album tracks a go as they can do heavy stuff really, really well.

Savin’ Me is one of seven singles taken from 2005’s All The Right Reasons, and the first with ex 3 Doors Down drummer  Daniel Adair behind the kit.

On its initial UK release the album hit a high in the album chats of number 13 before dropping like a lead balloon. After Rockstar hit second place in the singles chart the album found a new audience and peaked at number two in 2008 and is double platinum in the UK (600,000 sales)