Aside from the slightly difficult traffic pattern around the YUM! Center, crowds made their way into the arena to watch four bands throw it down. My Darkest Days, Seether, Bush, and Nickelback took to the stage to lay down the rock Saturday. The show began promptly at 6 pm, a bit earlier than a normal show, but a must with four bands on the bill.
My Darkest Days played originals as folks filed into the YUM! Center to find their seats and stake claim to prime stage real estate. Playing for 20 minutes, Matt Walst (lead vocals), along with Sal Costa (Guitar), Brendan McMillan (Bass), Drummer Doug Oliver, and Reid Henry (Keys), My Darkest Days put the crowd in the mood to rock. My Darkest Days is the recently signed band to Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroger’s record label.
Following a set change, Seether took the stage under the cover of darkness in the moderately filled arena. Concert goers were still entering the venue as the lights came up on the stage and lead vocalist and guitarist, Shaun Morgan let the chords rip. Hailing from South Africa, Seether employs the talents of Dale Stewart (bass, vocals) and John Humphrey (drums) to rock out award winning tunes.
With just enough time to venture to the food and beverage vendors in the concourse, fans hurriedly collected themselves in the short 20 minute set change to be in place for Bush at 7:45 pm. Opening with “Machine Head”, the long awaited return of Bush was welcomed with a nearly full house. Throughout the show, Bush played many of their older material, including the fan favorite “Glycerine” to which fans sang along when prompted by Gavin Rossdale. Material from the newest release, The Sea of Memories, also filled the rafters with that unmistakable Bush sound. Gavin took the opportunity to check out the real estate at the YUM! Center by walking through the crowds on the floor and in the seats on the first and second tiers. To close the set, Bush offered “Comedown” including a stellar guitar performance by Chris Traynor.
Following Bush, some fans left the concert, as one fan stated, “I only came to see Bush”. No worries for Nickelback, the crowd was still thick for the great stage show Nickelback hosted. With a dark stage and a loud pop, Nickelback was in full rock mode. Nickelback mixed the set with older material such as “Photograph” with newer material from their latest release, Here and Now, “This Means War”. Chad Kroger walked around the stage, showing his impeccable guitar talents combined with his smooth voice. For many songs, Chad and guitarist Ryan Peake used harmonica mics to mimic the sounds of “Woke Up This Morning”. Nickelback is known for a killer live show, and with the addition of pyrotechnics, expertly timed lighting, and of course, the music, fans smiled as they left the arena.
Another successful concert is on the books for the YUM! Center as the Red Hot Chili Peppers are the next show set to play June 7, 2012.