Story by Mark Drummond
Photos by Joe Conti
To say that the trio of Shaman’s Harvest, Daughtry and Nickelback rocked Darien Lake Performing Arts Center would be putting it mildly. Shaman’s Harvest delivered soulful kind of rock and roll with a touch of heavy metal. One of their more interesting performances was a rendition of Michael Jackson’s Dirty Diana! At this point the crowds blood was pumping and ready for some Daughtry!
Chris comes out throwing high fives to the crowd and began singing from his 2016 album “Its not over…. The hits so far”. Then Daughtry delivered a monologue saying how Nickelback took him on tour in 2007 giving him his start. Chad Kroeger also left Daughtry a message on his answering machine that he wrote a song for him. When Daughtry and Chad finally spoke, Chad said he had originally written the song for Keith Urban. Daughtry told Chad “whoa whoa whoa wait a minute Keith Urban has enough money!”. That song is called “Life after you”. At this point the arena gets dark. A light is cast on the keyboard player. Chris then breaks out into a version of Metallica’s “Nothing else Matters” as only he could. Finally he gets to his most popularly known songs that everyone loves “It’s not over”, and a personal favorite “Home”.
The headliner of the night was lead by frontman Chad Kroger. Underrated but have old over 50 million albums worldwide, Nickelback began rockin. As a thick cloud of smoke poured cross the stage, they broke into “Feed the Machine”. Without breaking stride they went right into their next song “Woke up this morning”. As the song began Kroger asked for some noise, and from the response you would think he just took his shirt off with the amount of screams he got.
Chad Kroger, now appealing to the crowd at “Darien Lake”, began talking to some audience members from the front row. “Who’s birthday is it?”. Everyone cheered! Chad, in a low bass, sang happy birthday to the crowd.
Chad opened up about a song he wrote for his friend Corey. Chad and Corey got into a little bit of trouble back in the day, breaking and entering among other things. They actually got sent away to do some time. Chad learned his lesson, but not Corey. Corey went on to do some jail time, but he broke out 3 times. Every time he kept going home. From this came the song “Where do I hide?”
After a few songs into the set, Daughtry performed the song “Savin me” with Nickelback. These two guys did not disappoint. Nickelback then broke into fan favorites such as “Rockstar”. Anybody who’s ever listened to a rock song has played air guitar and dreamt of being their own Rockstar.
All three bands were phenomenal on this evening. Nickelback, if you’ve never seen them before, was a sight to see. Chad and the boys put on a show for the ages. Make sure you get out to the “Feed the Machine” tour if you get a chance.