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Performing: Nickelback with Hoobastank, Chevelle and Hinder
When and where: 7 p.m., Alltel Arena
Tickets: $37.75 and $43.75 through Ticketmaster outlets (www.ticketmaster.com, 975-75757, Harvest Foods stores) or the Arena box office (975-9000).
Nickelback and vocalist Chad Kroeger have been churning out the hits for the past five years, and that’s continued with their latest record, “All the Right Reasons.” The quartet is headlining a major modern rock show, the first in that genre for Alltel Arena in several months, on Thursday, Aug. 31.
Even if you’re just a marginal Nickelback fan, there is enough on the bill to draw the casual rock fan, with Hoobastank, Chevelle and Hinder also performing.
But it’s the Canadian band Nickelback — made up of Kroeger and Ryan Peak on guitar and vocals, Mike Kroeger on bass and newest member Daniel Adair on drums — that gets the deserved headliner status.
The band’s 2004 record “The Long Road” sold 5 million copies worldwide, following up the 6-million-selling “Silver Side Up” and its big hit “How You Remind Me,” which made Nickelback a household name. They’ve been at work on the 11-track “All the Right Reasons” for two years, co-producing the record with Joey Moi. The first single was “Photograph,” with “Fight for All the Wrong Reasons” and “Savin’ Me” also getting major airplay. “Savin’ Me” has the familiar Nickelback style with Kroeger’s powerful vocals, but with a delicate piano that Chad Kroeger, in the band’s press material, said he was initially scared of using.
“We just didn’t think it was very rock and roll. It wasn’t until we heard piano in a Nickelback song that we all said, ‘Yes, we like this and we want to do more of it.’ It just complemented the part so well and really showed that we shouldn’t be narrow-minded about any instrument, no matter what it is or what sort of stigma might be attached to it,” Kroeger said.