TCT Photography at the Dark Horse Tour
Editors Note – Back on May 24 Borangutan photographer Chuck Pittman had the opportunity to shoot the Dark Horse Tour at the Target Center, featuring Sick Puppies, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, and you might have guessed it, Nickelback. Things became a little lost in the shuffle, but we even a couple months later we think the images captured are worthy of the following reflection. In case you were wondering, Nickelback said “denied”!
Opening for Nickelback’s Dark Horse Tour 2010 were Sick Puppies, Shinedown, and Breaking Benjamin. Sick Puppies got the show started with the first song on their newest CD, Tri Polar, “Street Fighter (War)”. Switching gears they followed it with “Pitiful”, the most well known song off their first album, Dressed up as Life. Bassist Emma Anzai was amazing and drummer Mark Goodwin rocked! Lead singer, Shimon Moore really showed his style when he dedicated the next song, “All The Same”, to all the ladies in the audience.
The Australian trio really set the tone for the show. From “Street Fighter (War)” to their fast-paced, aggressive song, “You’re Going Down,” Sick Puppies brought energy and presence to the stage. They may have only played 4 songs, but Sick Puppies got the crowd geared up for the remaining bands.
Next on stage was Shinedown. Shinedown definitely had a feel for what the audience wanted and delivered with everything they had. They even dedicated Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” to the late Paul Gray, bassist for the band Slipknot. After Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin came on stage. They really got the crowd going and by the time the set was over the entire audience was ready for Nickelback. Nickelback came on stage with an explosion, literally. To introduce the band they had fireworks going off. Throughout the whole set there were flames and fireworks accompanying the songs. Chad Kroeger was up on stage telling jokes and having a good time. He really enjoyed being in Minneapolis and showed his love by handing out free beer and shots.