Seeing live music can be a transcendent mind-body experience, akin to getting a tattoo underwater, or making out during an eclipse. Transcend boredom with today's Groupon: for $60, you get two upper reserved seat tickets (parking included) to see Nickelback at Sleep Train Pavilion, located in Concord (a $135 value).
Touring behind their sixth album Dark Horse, Canada's grizzled guitar slingers, Nickelback, return to California to pummel rock fans with the band's signature melodic fist-pumpers and power ballads. Plop into the Sleep Train Pavilion's snug upper reserved seating and turn your ears toward the stage, where hugely popular hits like "How You Remind Me," "Photograph," and "Rockstar" slowly morph fingers into devil horns and stadium seating into a sea of artificial fireflies. Experienced producer Robert "Mutt" Lange (AC/DC, Def Leppard) lent his successful knob-turners to Dark Horse, which resulted in the band turning out an LP of edgier tunes that has remained in the Billboard Top 200 for 99 weeks. Stop by the pavilion early to prepare your palate with axe-shredding openers Three Days Grace and Buckcherry.
Seats will be located in Sections 201–203, rows PP–T and Sections 207–209, rows PP–T; must show valid ID matching the name on the Groupon at the box office.
Nickelback won an American Music Award for best pop/rock album in 2006, and most recently, won three awards from the MuchMusic Video Awards in 2009. Attleboro's The Sun Chronicle gave the Canadian-based band a rave review for its performance outside Boston last month:
- The pyrotechnics, intricate lighting, and oversized screens did not detract from Nickelback's true talent. Singer Chad Kroeger kept the crowd on their toes as he tossed free beers and gear into the crowd. They followed up with "Photograph," which featured a collage of the band's funniest moments and a homage to Boston on the screens. – Amy Craine, The Sun Chronicle