Nickelback wsg The Pretty Reckless
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids
Feb. 24, 8 p.m.
$25, $40, $60, $80
vanandelarena.com, (616) 742-6600
Look, we here at Revue like to think we know our West Michigan readership pretty damn well at this point. Is anyone out there actually wetting their pants at the prospect of seeing Nickelback live? Yeah, didn’t think so. Fortunately, if you happen to be attending this concert (either through coercion by your uncool cousin or out of some misaligned “I think I liked that one song?” curiosity), Revue has devised a drinking game on your behalf, to help fend off boredom and repetitive power chords.
It goes like this: any time you see a guy in the crowd who looks like Henry Rollins after a Ho Ho bender, take a drink. When the atmosphere around you begins to resemble a NASCAR party, take a drink. Baby sips for every pair of rhinestone jeans you see. Sniff (we at least want to get you out of here alive) for every Ed Hardy clothing item your eyes make contact with. Whenever the band plays two or more songs back to back that seem virtually indistinguishable from each other, waterfall until the band switches to a ballad. Trust us, you’ll be hammered before Chad Kroeger even has a chance to namecheck Avril Lavigne.