Nickelback: A Kick-Ass Show

Nickelback
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA
9/5/2009

Nickelback Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

Setlist/Notes
Photograph
Because of you
Figure You Out
Last one Standing
Far Away
Highway to Hell with Austin from Hinder- Rockin’ Cover
Gotta Be Somebody
Chad drinks some Jack and Coke – His Favorite!

That Old Time Rock N Roll (just riffing)

Chad likes to banter between songs and the crowd ate it up!
Everyone Cared – Jumbotron displayed images from Bono’s adventures and Doctors without Borders.
I’ve Got Friends in Low Places – had to entire crowd singing
If Today was your Last Day
Of course had to throw in a few Metallica chords from Enter Sandman
Rockstar!
Then they threw out tons of free stuff to the crowd along with beer. Guys from Pantera assisted in throwing the free stuff and the young girls onstage helped throw plastic cups of beer into the crowd.
Burn it to the Ground
The show was filled with tons of pyrotechnics that ranged in shades of red and orange. The heat was so intense you could feel it in the seats.
First #1 song in the US – This is How you Remind Me
So Long

Encore:
Someday
Animals

Nickelback Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

Nickelback Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

Nickelback Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

Nickelback Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

September 5th in Photos: Hinder at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

Hinder
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA
9/5/2009

Hinder at Cricket Wireless San DiegoPhotos of Hinder opening for Nickelback:

Incubus Gets Down to Business at Cricket Wireless

Incubus
Cricket Wireless – San Diego, CA
July 9, 2009

Photos:
Charter One Pavilion – Chicago, IL
July 21, 2009

Written by Nadia Ibanez

Brandon Boyd – vocals
Mike Einziger – lead guitarist
Jose Pasillias – drums
Ben Kenney – bass
Chris Kilmore – DJ

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Incubus never ceases to put on a great show. Their songs flow into each other, and they pump up the crowds with their heavy rock sounds after the sappy ballads that make Brandon Boyd an infamous heartthrob in the rock world. This was my second time seeing the band live, the first being in Vegas at the outdoor venue at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and the show was just as incredible as ever. Incubus’ last album, “Monuments and Melodies”, was a compilation of their greatest hits along with some unreleased tracks. And even though the band didn’t debut any newer music, it’s still great to hear their classic songs and know that their fanbase will still appreciate and follow them on tour.

Cricket Wireless is a great venue for San Diego summer concerts. You may feel like you’re going to run into Tijuana at any moment while you make the drive deep onto the 805 but the outdoor venue may be one of the best in the city. The location of the venue is tucked at the base of a hillside and adjacent to a water park making for scenic and colorful backdrops.

San Diego marks the first stop of the Monuments and Melodies U.S. summer tour. I noticed early on in the show that frontman Brandon Boyd wasn’t doing a lot of talking or interacting with the audience. This evening was strictly business, almost like the band was working out any kinks before they really hit the road. However, right before Brandon and Mike played an acoustic version of “Drive,” Brandon looked over and said “I’ve known this guy since before we had pubes.” I think that single comment made up for the lack of friendly banter throughout the evening.

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Counting Crows Bow Out and the Poets Rock the Roxy

Maroon 5 Notice

Sparky went to the Cricket Wireless last night to cover Counting Crows and Maroon 5.  Unfortunately my texts started blowing up when she arrived there. I was sent this notice below. Makes me wonder what happened??  Will have a full review on Maroon 5 in the next day or two. Plus, I headed up to the Roxy to cover Poets and Pornstars. Will have a full review and interview with the band. There is a lot of new things happening in Poets Land.

Angels and Airwaves at Warped Tour in San Diego

Angels and Airwaves – Warp tour 2008 San Diego
Cricket Wireless Amphitheater – Chula Vista, CA
8/14/2008

Update: More Pictures Added

Angels and Airwaves - Warp tour 2008 San Diego Cricket Wireless Amphitheater - Chula Vista, CA 8/14/2008

Here are just a few pictures from the Angels and Airwaves from Warp Tour at the San Diego stop of the tour. You can read about their stop in Chicago here along with pictures from the show.

Photos of Angels and Airwaves at Warped Tour San Diego:

36 Craztfists Fly at Mayhem Tour

Rockstar Mayhem Tour 2008
36 Crazyfists
Cricket Wireless – Chula Vista, CA
7/16/2008

Stage: Hot Topic Stage @ 5:15pm (Times rotate for each Mayhem stop)

Brock Lindow – Vocals
Steve Holt – Guitars, Vocals
Thomas Noonan – Drums
Mick Whitney – Bass

 

Rockstar Mayhem Tour 2008 36 Crazyfists Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, CA 7/16/2008Steve Holt

Rockstar Mayhem Tour 2008 36 Crazyfists Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, CA 7/16/2008Brock Lindow

Rockstar Mayhem Tour 2008 36 Crazyfists Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, CA 7/16/2008Mick Whitney

Photos of 36 Crazyfists:

Mastodon Hits Mainstage at Mayhem

Rockstar Mayhem Tour 2008
Mastodon
Cricket Wireless – Chula Vista, CA
7/16/2008

Stage: Mainstage

Brann Dailor – Drums
Brent Hinds – Guitars and Vocals
Bill Kelliher – Guitar and Vocals
Troy Sanders – Bass and Vocals

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Suicide Silence Rocks Mayhem

Rockstar Mayhem Tour 2008
Suicide Silence
Cricket Wireless – Chula Vista, San Diego
7/16/2008

Update: Check Suicide Silence out when they hit Vegas for Extreme Thing 2009!

 

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Mitch

Suicide Silence is San Diego’s hometown boys on the Mayhem Tour. This metal quintet started off the days festivities to a large crowd on the Hot Topic stage. They didn’t waste time in making the crowd move. They opened with the heart pounder “Unanswered.” The fast paced hardcore metal didn’t stop there. Mitch, Suicide’s lead singer, introduced “Girl of Glass” as a love song. What did I expect? Not sure, what I heard was an even more heart crunching song that could woe any woman that loves the sound of walls of guitars and in your face metal.

Rockstar Mayhem Tour 2008 Suicide Silence Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, San Diego 7/16/2008Mike

Suicide Silence is not a boring band to watch.Their stage presence is huge and energetic. No wonder why their debut album, The Cleansing, broke records for Century Records.

Their set list for the day:

Unanswered
Bludgeoned to Death
Hands of a Killer
Price of Beauty
Girl of Glass
Fallen
No Pity for a Coward
Destruction Breakdown

Their fan base is quickly growing and for all the UK fans out there they will back to visit you this fall and back in the states in December.

Rockstar Mayhem Tour 2008 Suicide Silence Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, San Diego 7/16/2008Chris

Rockstar Mayhem Tour 2008 Suicide Silence Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, San Diego 7/16/2008Alex

Rockstar Mayhem Tour 2008 Suicide Silence Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, San Diego 7/16/2008Mark

Come early to Mayhem because you don’t want to miss these guys!

We will be posting a video interview with the guys at Mayhem. Keep your eyes peeled!

For more information on Suicide Silence visit their Myspace or their Official Site.

Photos of Suicide Silence:

I lost my HEART on a JOURNEY, but it was a CHEAP TRICK

This is the title all search engines will pick up. And now for the true title:

“The Wheel In The Sky Turned Without Steve Perry”

Cheap Trick/Heart/Journey
Cricket Wireless – Chula Vista, CA
07/15/2008

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Neal Schon of Journey

The evening started out as usual considering the traffic sucked and the entrance to the Amphitheater is so close to the highway exit it takes three times as long to get into parking. Thereby, causing us to miss our photo op for Cheap Trick. Not to fear, we did catch the whole set and enjoyed it thoroughly. Cheap Trick is from Rockford, IL (our home state). They played all their hits and got the crowd to sing along with them. They wanted us to REALLY want them and it worked. The stage backdrop was a checkered flag and Rick Nielsen had the coolest and most unique shaped guitars we’ve ever seen.

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The Unity Tour: Fiction Plane, Snoop Dogg, 311

The Unity Tour Featuring: Fiction Plane, Snoop Dogg, 311
Cricket Wireless Amphitheater – San Diego, CA
6/28/2008

UPDATED: Due to Popular Demand More Pictures of Fiction Plane have been added.
Here are some pictures from the Unity Tour when it stopped at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in San Diego.

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311 Unity Tour San Diego

Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg Unity Tour San Diego

Fiction Plane
FYI: Does the Lead Singer remind you of anyone? Joe Sumner is the son of Sting. Fiction Plane opened for The Police Reunion Tour in 2007.

Fiction Plane Unity Tour San Diego

Fiction Plane Unity Tour San Diego

Fiction Plane Unity Tour San Diego

Fiction Plane Unity Tour San Diego

Fiction Plane Unity Tour San Diego

Fiction Plane Unity Tour San Diego

Fiction Plane Unity Tour San Diego

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg Unity Tour San Diego

Snoop Dogg Unity Tour San Diego

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311 Unity Tour San Diego

311 Unity Tour San Diego

311 Unity Tour San Diego

311 Unity Tour San Diego

311 Unity Tour San Diego

311 Unity Tour San Diego

Def Leppard and the 80’s Round-up

Def Leppard/Styx/REO Speedwagon
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (aka Coors Amphitheatre) – Chula Vista, CA
4/27/2008

Def Leppard/Styx/REO Speedwagon Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (aka Coors Amphitheatre) - Chula Vista, CA

A concert is defined by not only the music but by the experience around the music. I won’t go into detail about mine, lets just say part of it was a VERY long wait in the will call line. How long you ask? Try long enough to miss REO Speedwagon completely. As we waited in line we could hear the faint music of REO, but none of us thought they were actually going to start because all of us were outside waiting to pick up tickets. I wouldn’t had to wait in line if my tickets were to have actually arrived on time. UPDATE: The tickets for Saturday’s show still haven’t arrived! Update:4/29 – The tickets for Saturday’s (4/26) show arrived last night. Hmmm…so much for 2nd Day delivery.

We walked into the actual amphitheatre to find our seats and to hear the start of Styx. Styx ran through their set that was full of their hits minus “Mr. Roboto.” My favorite was actually hearing “Come Sail Away” live and it was better than hearing it on the radio or through the home system. San Diego was also Styx last night on tour with Def Leppard. You can read Tommy Shaw’s write-up on the last night of touring with Def Leppard here.

19,000 people packed the amphitheatre for Def Leppard. The venue was pretty much filled to capacity on the most beautiful Saturday night. This was Def Leppard’s second to last night on their tour in support of Song from the Sparkle Lounge. Around 9:20pm Def Leppard started with “Rocket” and the crowd went wild. The entire set was filled with all the hits plus a new song. I think they really just played off their 1995 release of The Vault. I am not complaining because it has been awhile since I have attended to a concert where I knew ever song in their set. A Def Leppard fan sitting next to us, Kate Utterback exclaimed to me, “Rockin’ Awesome!” she yelled that at me as “Animal” started. Joe Elliot can out the the extension on the stage and politely asked the crowd whether we like to be called Chula Vista or San Diego. The crowd roared for San Diego. That was brownie points for Joe and the crew. Sometime rockers just lump smaller cities with bigger ones when it’s not proper.

Def Leppard’s stage was lit up with the huge movie screen in the background that played either the video to the songs being played or customized videos for the songs and lots of older pictures of the band. A younger woman even jumped onstage and started singing “Bringing on the Heartache” with Joe for a minute before being pulled offstage by security.

The fans ranged from mid 20’s to well, the older generation of Def Leppard fans. Their were fans there trying to relive the 80’s and ones that just wanted to enjoy it in the new millennium. We saw everything from fake 80’s wigs to green spandex pants. Yes, GREEN spandex pants. Why on earth are those things still around! EVIL I tell you!

Click on thumbnails of photos to enlarge images:

The Setlist:

Rocket
Animal
Let’s Get Rocked
Foolin’
Song off High and Dry album
New song from ….The Sparkle Lounge: 9 Lives with Tim Mcgraw (Tim McGraw not present)

The New song is very in touch with the Def Leppard sound. They didn’t stray from their roots for this one even with Tim McGraw supplying vocals for the song.

Love Bites
Bass Solo
Rock On (Michael Damian Cover of David Essex – Rock On 1973) ;-) Youtube Video

This was an A+++++ cover of the David Essex or as many of us younger folks know the Michael Damian version song better. The whole crowd was up and singing along. It fit right in with their reputoir.

Acoustic: Two Steps Behind
Not my favorite acoustic rendition but it was still good.

Acoustic: Bringing on The Heartache
Great song acoustic!

Guitar Instrumental
Hysteria
“Oh can you feel it, do you believe it?” YES IT WAS GREAT!

Armageddon It
Photograph
Pour Some Sugar on Me
Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot can pour some sugar on me! This song rocked live!

Encore: Rock of Ages