It’s a packed house in Liverpool as Canadian rockers Nickelback roll into town on the latest date on their current European arena run. Opening for the band on the UK dates are fellow Canadians Monster Truck who have the unenviable task of warming up this furiously loyal crowd in Liverpool.

Judging by the reaction though, and the fact that the Arena floor is over half full by the time the band are hitting their stride, the Canadians will have certainly come away from this tour with more than a handful of new fans. Treating the Liverpool crowd to a forty minute set of blues-inspired hard rock, anthems like “She’s A Witch” and “Righteous Smoke”, Monster Truck may not have been on most of this crowd’s radar before this tour but, the Canadian rockers made sure they left their mark on those who made the effort to turn up early.

Ah Nickelback. The band the rock scene love to hate. Touring in support of their No Fixed Address album, it’s Saturday night in Liverpool and both the band and the crowd are in the mood for a party. Well known for their slick, polished arena shows, Nickelback strip things back a bit this time with just wall-filling video screens backing the quartet as they smash through a hit-laden set.

Opening up with the thumping “Edge Of A Revolution” from their latest offering, it’s all smiles from the band as they very much look like they’re enjoying their time back in Liverpool. For the next ninety minutes the Canadian superstars treat a rowdy audience at the Echo Arena to a hit-laden set. From big rockers like set closer “Burn It To The Ground” to massive ballads like “Far Away” to huge power anthems like “Photograph” and “Hero”, Nickelback run through a note-perfect set with the main set closing with “How You Remind Me”, the track that turned Chad Kroeger and Co into worldwide megastars.

While the mid-portion of the set saw a lull in the energy, by inviting three fans up to join them for their rendition of hit single “Rockstar”, the band made sure that their Saturday night in Liverpool wasn’t going to fizzle out. Downing shot after shot between songs loosened up the band with frontman Kroeger in particular looking like he was starting to suffer from the constant stream of booze. Still, if you’ve ever been to Liverpool on a Saturday night, you’ll know exactly how rowdy the city can get and, with Nickelback as hosts, this party was never in danger of damaging that reputation!

Check out the song “Burn It To The Ground

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.