I took my girlfriend to a Nickelback concert last night. Their music is a little (OK, a lot) too polished and formulaic for me, but she wanted to see them and I have to admit it was a pretty good show. The sound system was fantastic. The rain held off, and as always it was a breezy humid sauna up at the Woodlands. An overall nice night for sitting on the lawn.
There is one thing. I assume it's because I am TOO OLD AND I DON'T GET IT, but is it really necessary to drop the F-Bomb every third word? "Mother***ing Houston, thanks for ***ing coming out to see us mother**ing Canadian **cks, how are you ***ers doing on this hot ***ing evening? Are you ***ers ready to ***ing rock?"
(old man mode) I saw some pretty hardcore bands in back the day. Certainly a lot more "hardcore" than a pretty boy band like Nickelback. The bands I listened to tossed out lots of F-Bombs, but nothing on this level. The bands I grew up on used the F-Bomb for maximum impact. With Nickelback it got to the point of absurdity. We were LAUGHING about it every time the lead singer did one of his scripted between-the-songs monologues. The F-Bomb has its place, but when it's constantly being used in everyday speech it loses its relevance.
The amazing thing is there were lots of parents with young kids who are fans of the band. There were kids who looked like they were 10 in the front row, with their rich moms who paid the steep price for the tickets. You could see them on the Jumbotron. Mom was there to ogle the lead singer and they dragged along their 5th graders. I'd never in a million years consider taking my kids to such a show until they were at least 15. But hey, that's just ***ing me.