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Darkhorse Tour 2010; Nickelback, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Sick Puppies 05/25/2010

Darkhorse Tour
May 25th, 2010
Nickelback, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Sick Puppies
Century Link Center
Omaha, Nebraska

With four bands playing the tour, the show started with the band from Down Under; Sick Puppies. As the lights went down on Nickelback’s main video screen, the album-cover from Tri-Polar came across. During their performance, Sick Puppies mentioned their love for Omaha, and how KIWR, 89.7 The River, were the first place to really play them on the radio. The set consisted of 3 songs off of the new album, and two off their first American release; War, Pitiful, All the Same, Odd One, and You’re Going Down. With the short amount of time for a set, it’s hard to pick songs to please everyone so they stuck with their radio singles.
Shinedown got the same treatment with the video screen, with the logo from their new cd for a back drop. Brent came out in a black and white suit with the band matching minus the jacket. Having seen the band numerous times, this was by far one of the worst times. Playing way too much from the new cd and not even playing their first single ever, Fly From the Inside. It seems to me the band is forgetting about the fans that were there from the start. My first time seeing Shinedown was when the band opened for 3 Doors Down several years ago. During their cover of Simple Man, Brent dedicated the song to the late great Paul Gray of Slipknot. Being a fan of Slipknot, I got goose bumps and it brought a tear to my eye to have Shinedown recognize Gray’s loss. The band closed their set with Second Chance. Shinedown may call this going out with a bang, but I don’t agree. Please go back to your roots and rock out. 4 of the 6 songs in their set were monster ballads.

Shinedown’s setlist;
Her Name Is Alice (Intro)
Sound of Madness
Devour
Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide
If You Only Knew
The Crow & The Butterfly
Save Me
Simple Man
Second Chance

Next up were Breaking Benjamin. With Vocalist Ben Burnley at center stage, Breaking Benjamin had a white screen behind them. A projector played various videos during their set, following along with their music’s themes. The best was the Halo scene for their performance of Blow Me Away. Their other videos were similar to what the band used while on tour with Three Days Grace. As always, the band put on an amazing set.

Breaking Benjamin setlist;
I Will Not Bow

Until the End

Blow Me Away

So Cold

Polyamorous

Give Me a Sign

Breath

The Diary of Jane

 

And last but certainly not least, Nickelback.
21 video monitors in all shapes and sizes lined the entire length of the stage’s back. The band brought more fire power for pyrotechnics than a small army. Sparks rained down during their performance and flames burst from across the stage. But Nickelback shows are getting predictable. The past 5 times I’ve seen them live, their 3rd song has been Photograph. Halfway through their set, the band took it out into the crowd, on a small stage at the end of the catwalk. Starting with This Afternoon and finishing with Rockstar, before taking their show back to the main stage. Before Animals, the band brought out t-shirt cannons and shot them into the crowd and passed out free booze to the crowd. Always doing their best to put on a blistering performance, this band went all out for their Dark Horse Tour.

Nickelback’s setlist;
Photograph

Hollywood

Savin’ Me

Shakin’ Hands

Far Away

Something in Your Mouth

This Afternoon

Friends in Low Places (cover)

If Today Was Your Last Day

Don’t Stop Believin’ (cover)

Rockstar

Sad but True (cover)

Animals

Drum Solo

How You Remind Me

Too Bad

Encore;

Gotta Be Somebody

Wanted Dead or Alive (cover)

Someday

Figured You Out

Review by Nathan Pickering

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