Jeff Vinnick, NHL
With all the hate talk that usually follows Nickelback around, it's easy to forget that the Alberta band actually has admirers. But here's some proof: Last week, a fan wanted to see their show so much that he suffered a 40-foot fall trying to attend.
Kevin Beaudette, 22, was lucky to have only suffered a few bruises and scrapes after tumbling down a massive gorge in Saratoga Springs, New York, on Tuesday night. According to the Times-Union newspaper, he was reportedly trying to get into the Nickelback concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. A statement from SPAC President Marcia White said Beaudette "appeared to be intoxicated."
The local fire department reportedly had to use a basket to help Kevin Beaudette out of the gorge after medical crews failed. He was then taken to the Albany Medical Center Hospital.
Beaudette's allegedly liquored state is not much of a surprise, considering Nickelback is such an alcohol-friendly quartet. Frontman Chad Kroeger even reportedly downed shots in between songs at the Saratoga show and dedicated a song about alcohol to a young teen.
"For your 13th birthday, we're going to play a song about drinking," he said, taking a swig before singing "Bottoms Up," off the band's latest album, "Hear and Now."
Nickelback is currently on its "Hear and Now" tour, hitting Canada earlier this month where some booze rules were relaxed just for them.
"Thanks to the amazing fans, in every city, for making each night so special," the band tweeted on Saturday. "Thanks for supporting us!"
The "When We Stand Together" hitmakers are set to take Europe and Russia next, ending their tour Down Under in November.