Nickelback has been one of our longtime endorsers and we finally got an opportunity to sit down with them before their show last night at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne IN.
For those who don’t know Ft. Wayne is about 4 hours south-east from Chicago by car. Luckily I was accompanied by our amazing photographer extraordinaire, the amazing Paul Natkin, whom I have had the pleasure to work with at many shows and have never had a dull moment with. Paul is a great guy and one of those interesting people who have incredible stories to tell so the trip was everything but boring. Once we got to the venue we marched right up the back door and looked for the production office so we can get our credentials. We were greeted by Nickelbacks production manager Chief. After he got us our credentials he led us to Nickelbacks green room so we can set-up.
After we were done we waited a couple of minutes then Nickelback entered the room. They gave us a great interview were we talked about their secret to having such a successful career of over 10 years, their creative process when writing songs, selling over 30 million records worldwide, 1.6 million tickets for over 120 sold out global shows and being picked as Billboards Group of the Decade. They also shared with me what it was like to be on tour with them and why they love Shure Mics. They definitely know how to travel and I first noticed their own washer and dryers while walking backstage. I mean seriously, how many bands travel with their own washer and dryer. No wonder they need like 15 semis… That’s definite rockstar status my friends.
After our interview Paul went to the front of the stage to get in position to get some sick pics of the band live and up close and I positioned myself near the front of house in order to experience my first Nickelback concert live. All I have to say… WOW! It was a loud and crazy affair. Their fans went crazy over the blasting loudness and all the pyro explosions which I felt all the way by the FOH position. T-shirts were shot at people with T-shirt blasters, and beverages were flung at the fans from the stage. I didn’t figure a Nickelback concert to be so crazy but what did I know I have never been to one before. At one point during the show I remember saying to myself “I don’t know if I could handle my job if this was what I was in for on a regular basis”. I do have to say it was fun to see the show and be a part of the madness.
I can see why Nickelback has been so successful for so long. They do rockstar right…